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Valadao Introduces Making Rural America Count Act

Legislation Ensures Central Valley Communities are Eligible for Federal Funding

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Washignton, November 14, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) announced H.R. 3890, the Making Rural America Count Act, legislation to ensure rural communities with high incarcerated prison populations are eligible for Rural Development Grants administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) announced H.R. 3890, the Making Rural America Count Act, legislation to ensure rural communities with high incarcerated prison populations are eligible for Rural Development Grants administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Program provides federal funding through loans, grants, and guarantees to individuals, businesses, and cities in rural regions throughout the nation that meet certain population criteria. These population limits include prison populations, putting rural businesses and entire cities located in regions with a prison at a disadvantage when applying for USDA Rural Development assistance.

H.R. 3890 will exclude incarcerated prison populations from overall population eligibility requirements as they pertain to Rural Development Programs administered by the USDA, ensuring small communities have access to critical federal funding.

Congressman Valadao stated, “Rural Development funding helps our communities build police stations, operate community health centers, improve schools, and update our infrastructure. It is absolutely critical our rural communities, which are already at a serious disadvantage, are not excluded from receiving these greatly needed resources.”

California’s Twenty First Congressional District is home to thirteen prisons, including seven state prisons, five private prisons, and one federal prison.

Congressman Valadao successfully inserted language from H.R. 3890 into fiscal year 2016 and 2017 appropriations legislation, however, passage of H.R. 3890 will enable individuals, businesses, and cities located within rural regions, to apply for these grants each year.

More information on Rural Development Programs and Congressman Valadao’s legislation can be found here.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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