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Topics in the News: Rural


Joe Biden on Rural: (Environment Sep 17, 2020)
WOTUS: clean water rules create rural jobs

Q: Obama Administration policies such as the rules under the Waters of the U.S. Act (WOTUS) threatened to increase regulation. How do you plan to decrease the regulatory burden for farmers and businesses?

BIDEN: On regulation that relates to fertilizer and water tables: In Delaware, we have a $4 billion poultry industry, and all the manure, a consequence of chickens, is polluting the Chesapeake Bay. We've invested a lot of money, and we found out you can pelletize this and take out the methane, so you can use that fertilizer without the damage that was being done before. The same way with horse manure and cow manure and pig manure. And we can create thousands of jobs in rural America as a consequence of setting up these small industries within communities. That's the way you'll be able to continue to farm without worrying about whether or not you're polluting, & be in a position where you're able to make money by what you do in the transition as well as be able to grow more.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall 2020 drive-in with Anderson Cooper

Gloria La Riva on Rural: (Technology Aug 3, 2020)
Fund public transportation, high-speed rail

The Socialist Party calls for extensive public transportation in both urban and rural areas.

We call for the creation of a fully funded high-speed national rail system with fares set low enough to be a viable alternative to the use of the automobile. We call for an end to the expansion of the interstate highway system and the reduction of combustion engine/auto based transport.

Click for Gloria La Riva on other issues.   Source: Socialist PSL Platform adopted by 2020 presidential hopeful

Steve Bullock on Rural: (Health Care Jul 7, 2020)
Medicaid expansion has kept rural hospitals open

The governor will host a roundtable with health officials to discuss how COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of removing barriers towards getting needed health care. According to the governor's office, 10 times more services were delivered via telehealth in April than in February for Medicaid expansion numbers. The governor's office also said Montana hasn't lost one rural hospital thanks to Medicaid expansion which covers the cost of COVID-19 related treatments.
Click for Steve Bullock on other issues.   Source: KULR-8 NBC-TV on 2020 Montana Senate race

Pete Buttigieg on Rural: (Government Reform Feb 25, 2020)
21st century voting rights: core of Frederick Douglass plan

When I was born, there was no difference in your life expectancy, if you were born in a rural area or a city. Now the gap is the biggest it has been in a generation, and that is particularly affecting black rural families.

We're seeing hospital closures right and left. And we're seeing them, in particular, in states where Medicaid was not expanded, something that is hurting black and poor white families and is largely the result of racial voters suppression.

See, all of these things are connected, housing, wages, the ability to get anything done on criminal justice reform. All of these things are going to be harder to deal with as long as black voices are systematically excluded from political participation, which is happening on everything from the purging of voter rolls to the closing of voting locations. And that harms everyone.

It's why in my Frederick Douglass plan for comprehensively dealing with these issues, part of the core of it is a 21st Century Voting Rights Act.

Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary

Bernie Sanders on Rural: (Health Care Feb 25, 2020)
Debt forgiveness for doctors & nurses in under-served areas

Sen. Amy KLOBUCHAR: We're going to have a million openings for home health care workers, particularly in rural areas, that we don't know how to fill. I have passed the bill that allows doctors from other countries that study in our medical schools to stay and serve in rural areas. We need to expand that.

SANDERS: We put $2 billion into a program which would provide debt forgiveness for doctors, nurses, dentists, we have a major dental affordable crisis in this country, to make sure that they are practicing in underserved areas. The advantage of a Medicare-for-All health care program, because it's not driven by profits for the drug companies and the insurance companies, we will have health care for all people in all parts of this country.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary

Amy Klobuchar on Rural: (Immigration Feb 25, 2020)
Let foreign medical students stay as rural doctors

I don't want agree with some of my colleagues here about putting hard-earned taxpayer money into rich kids going to college. What I think we need to do instead is look at what our needs are in our economy.

We're going to have a million openings for home health care workers, particularly in rural areas, that we don't know how to fill. We're going to have over 100,000 openings for nursing assistants. We're not going to have a shortage of sports marketing degrees. We're going to have a shortage of plumbers and nurses.

So putting incentives in place with how we do loan payback, making one- and two-year degrees free, and then of course creating loan payback programs if people will go, especially medical students, into rural areas.

I have passed the bill that allows doctors from other countries that study in our medical schools to stay and serve in rural areas. We need to expand that.

Click for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.   Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary

Amy Klobuchar on Rural: (Welfare & Poverty Feb 25, 2020)
One size doesn't fit all, for rural poverty

Q: How would you ensure health care is available in rural areas?

KLOBUCHAR: People aren't always aware about how much poverty there is, particularly child poverty in rural areas. So the answer is one size doesn't fit all. And one of the ways you do this, right now we have something called critical access hospitals so they're designated for rural areas. And actually, I am the lead Democrat on a bill to extend that, to have other types of hospitals, like emergency rooms in rural areas be covered.

Click for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.   Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary

Amy Klobuchar on Rural: (Principles & Values Feb 19, 2020)
Will bring rural and suburban voters together to win

I think the path is a high voter turnout. I'm the one on this stage that had the highest voter turnout of any state in the country when I led the ticket, as well as bringing in rural and suburban voters. I'm the only one with the receipts to have done that in Republican congressional districts over and over again.
Click for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.   Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada

Pete Buttigieg on Rural: (Families & Children Feb 6, 2020)
Healing & Belonging Grants: more mental healthcare support

We need to build up the base of mental health providers in this country. Reimbursement needs to be trued up in a way that reflects that we, in fact, value mental health care just as much as we do taking care of any physical, medical condition.

It means making sure that we're supporting in particular areas that are underserved, getting more of those providers that they need, rural areas. It means using technology.

I'm proposing that we use federal dollars to fund what we call "Healing and Belonging Grants" to local communities, because often a different area will have a different combination of struggles when it comes to mental health, behavioral health, and addiction. And so I don't think all of the answers have to come from Washington, but more of the money should.

And we will empower local health departments, local communities, and local organizations seeking to deliver those solutions and make sure that they get funding to help them as they do.

Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: CNN N. H. Town Hall on eve of 2020 N. H. primary

Pete Buttigieg on Rural: (Immigration Feb 6, 2020)
Community Renewal Visas: fast-track rural immigration

This has to be a country that manages things like immigration in a way that aligns with our values and our laws. Part of it is that we need to update our laws, which haven't been changed since the 1980s and have made it impossible for us to manage immigration in a commonsense way. But part of it also is recognizing that immigration is part of the lifeblood of this country.

It's why part of what I've proposed is what we call "Community Renewal Visas", as part of my vision for how we increase the economic prospects of rural areas, is that if an area that's hurting for population wants to welcome more--and many do, even in more conservative areas--that they can apply for an allotment of community renewal visas that fast-track folks who are new to America and will commit to living in those communities.

We need to lift up the role of immigration as an engine for our economy, for the development of our communities, and not just pay lip service to legal immigration.

Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: CNN N. H. Town Hall on eve of 2020 N. H. primary

Donald Trump on Rural: (Technology Feb 4, 2020)
New roads, bridges & tunnels, plus high-speed rural internet

We must also rebuild America's infrastructure. I ask you to pass Senator Barrasso's highway bill--to invest in new roads, bridges, and tunnels across our land. I am also committed to ensuring that every citizen can have access to high-speed internet, including rural America.

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