Boozman Bulletin: Creating Opportunities for Rural America

Senator John Boozman
2017-03-23 11:15:48
<outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenBoozman/Enews_Heade r_640.jpg> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f&redir_log=616062673605259> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fabout&redir_log=08127512762436 6> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fservices&redir_log=46309196017 389> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fissues&redir_log=1632977772643 75> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fnews%3fp%3dpress-releases&redi r_log=604307096242480> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2farkansas&redir_log=49131264311 7388> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fcontact&redir_log=012466986538 1> Boozman Bulletin: Creating Opportunities for Rural America The diversity of Arkansas's landscape makes the Natural State a truly unique environment. We can be proud of the resources that exist in our state that support a wide range of industries, interests and jobs. An important aspect of our state's makeup is its rural identity. In the 2010 census, 44 percent of Arkansas's population identified as rural compared to 19 percent of the entire nation. We must keep our rural communities in mind as we create policies to improve the lives of all Americans. Arkansans deserve quality, affordable health care no matter where they live. Unfortunately, in recent years, rural hospitals and clinics have been forced to reduce services or eliminate them entirely because of the costly burdens of Obamacare. It's important that Congress consider the challenges facing health care in rural America. That's why I recently joined my colleagues to urge the president to implement policies to improve and strengthen access to health care in rural communities. We've made progress on health care access for veterans in rural areas. In 2014, Congress passed, and the president signed, legislation reforming access to health care services for our veterans. One of the highlights of the law is that veterans can see non-VA providers if they live 40 miles or more from a VA health facility. This ensures more veterans have access to timely, reliable and dependable health care. I am committed to continuing to improve this benefit our veterans earned. New models for health care delivery include telehealth, an innovative approach that is helping to meet the needs of rural Arkansans by using technology like video conferencing and the internet to deliver quality patient care. A key component for this method is access to high-speed broadband internet service. The internet has become an essential tool for how we communicate and conduct business but a digital divide exists in Arkansas and much of rural America. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Broadband Progress Report <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww fcc.gov%2freports-research%2freports%2fbroadband-progress-reports%2f201 6-broadband-progress-report&redir_log=319411994228716> released last year shows that 25 percent of Arkansans don't have access to broadband. For those who do have access, they lack adequate internet speed. Access to quality, high-speed internet has quickly become the cornerstone of a prosperous economy and is the backbone for economic innovation. As a leader of the Senate Broadband Caucus, I'm determined to extend this service to all Arkansans, regardless of where they live. That's why we must include it as part of infrastructure discussions and support its expansion. I was proud to join members of the caucus in sending a letter to the president urging him to prioritize policies that will promote deployment of high-speed, reliable broadband for all Americans <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dE960365 0-2ADE-4BFE-BFC1-FF6A859883CD&redir_log=341947806571622> as part of any infrastructure initiative. Today I look forward to the confirmation hearing of Governor Sonny Perdue, President Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. Governor Perdue has a unique understanding of the opportunities and challenges our farmers and ranchers face each day. I look forward to supporting his nomination. As we shape policies for the future, we must consider the well-being of rural communities. I am proud to support the needs of rural Arkansas and will continue to advocate for solutions that provide opportunities for rural communities to succeed. _____ Quick Takes: * Defending National Security: As Chairman of the Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, I strongly support President Trump's efforts to get Washington to uphold our most important responsibility´┐Żprotecting the American people. Improving confidence in our nation's visa system ensures that individuals from at-risk nations are properly vetted. I believe that protecting our national security in this manner is within the President's authority. I gave speech in support of the president's efforts to take reasonable and responsible steps to address our porous borders <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d76C7A0C A-3670-48AF-8E09-D169F11AAE60&redir_log=590883999814617> and broken immigration system. * Protecting States' Rights: I joined the Arkansas Congressional Delegation to support the rights of Arkansans to have their voices heard in decisions that impact their land. We introduced the APPROVAL Act <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dFAE08B3 9-1EA6-4D78-AA42-11229C2A0A0F&redir_log=840741196357616> which would grant a state the right to approve or reject an electric transmission project before the federal government's execution to take private property. In a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Depart of Energy Rick Perry, we urged him to preserve states' rights and review the Clean Line project <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d558FB24 7-2C1B-4FDE-9B67-6353C9F45C89&redir_log=454121176077618> . * Fighting Hunger: March is recognized as National Nutrition Month. As a co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus, I'm working to raise awareness in our communities and identify ways we can fight hunger and food insecurity. Arkansans are on the front lines of this battle and I had the opportunity to see how a private-public partnership is ensuring families in our state have access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d3DAB048 D-2F7A-4ED5-B88F-FA1B164DE9A0&redir_log=789755463755621> . * Improving Health Services for Female Veterans: On Tuesday I helped introduce legislation to address barriers that women veterans face when seeking care. The Deborah Sampson Act <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d2308223 0-0F93-4FAE-AD20-473CDE6B0B54&redir_log=799074373834615> addresses gender disparities at the VA to ensure that women veterans are getting equitable care. This legislation will provide enhanced access to VA care and will ensure women veterans are getting the benefits they have earned for their service. * Recognizing Arkansas Veterans: The 'Salute to Veterans' series honors the service and sacrifice of Arkansas veterans who served our nation in uniform. In the latest edition, I highlight the first female president of the National Guard Association of Arkansas, Gulf War veteran Frankie Sears <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dD2BAF10 1-888D-4E6D-BEF7-AC0F5DF17326&redir_log=840156561796620> . Her memories of her time in uniform are an important part of our history that will be submitted to the Veterans History Project. * Honoring Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veterans: The Senate and House of Representatives unanimously approved a joint resolution designating the location of the future National Desert Storm War Memorial <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d45FF922 3-731F-4575-97A2-9941D101B0DB&redir_log=57680855755613> on a prominent area near the National Mall. I was proud to introduce this resolution because it reflects our appreciation and respect for the men and women who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. * Let's Talk: I'm hosting a telephone town hall tonight, Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. CT. This allows me to reach thousands of Arkansans in a live, interactive town hall meeting conducted over the telephone at the touch of a button. This is a convenient way to talk with Arkansans about issues important to families, businesses and the future of our country. I find that telephone town halls are a great way to engage with Arkansans while voting in Washington. Click here to join the next conversation <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14444.6779005.6003575.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fsignup-for-telephone-townhall s&redir_log=401930010704554> . * Connect on Social Media: Stay up to date with what I'm doing for Arkansans via social media. 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Boozman Bulletin: Creating Opportunities for Rural America

The diversity of Arkansas’s landscape makes the Natural State a truly unique environment. We can be proud of the resources that exist in our state that support a wide range of industries, interests and jobs. An important aspect of our state’s makeup is its rural identity. In the 2010 census, 44 percent of Arkansas’s population identified as rural compared to 19 percent of the entire nation. We must keep our rural communities in mind as we create policies to improve the lives of all Americans.

Arkansans deserve quality, affordable health care no matter where they live. Unfortunately, in recent years, rural hospitals and clinics have been forced to reduce services or eliminate them entirely because of the costly burdens of Obamacare. It’s important that Congress consider the challenges facing health care in rural America. That’s why I recently joined my colleagues to urge the president to implement policies to improve and strengthen access to health care in rural communities. 

We’ve made progress on health care access for veterans in rural areas. In 2014, Congress passed, and the president signed, legislation reforming access to health care services for our veterans. One of the highlights of the law is that veterans can see non-VA providers if they live 40 miles or more from a VA health facility. This ensures more veterans have access to timely, reliable and dependable health care. I am committed to continuing to improve this benefit our veterans earned.

New models for health care delivery include telehealth, an innovative approach that is helping to meet the needs of rural Arkansans by using technology like video conferencing and the internet to deliver quality patient care. A key component for this method is access to high-speed broadband internet service.

The internet has become an essential tool for how we communicate and conduct business but a digital divide exists in Arkansas and much of rural America. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) released last year shows that 25 percent of Arkansans don’t have access to broadband. For those who do have access, they lack adequate internet speed.

Access to quality, high-speed internet has quickly become the cornerstone of a prosperous economy and is the backbone for economic innovation. As a leader of the Senate Broadband Caucus, I'm determined to extend this service to all Arkansans, regardless of where they live. That’s why we must include it as part of infrastructure discussions and support its expansion. I was proud to join members of the caucus in sending a letter to the president urging him to prioritize policies that will as part of any infrastructure initiative.

Today I look forward to the confirmation hearing of Governor Sonny Perdue, President Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. Governor Perdue has a unique understanding of the opportunities and challenges our farmers and ranchers face each day. I look forward to supporting his nomination.

As we shape policies for the future, we must consider the well-being of rural communities. I am proud to support the needs of rural Arkansas and will continue to advocate for solutions that provide opportunities for rural communities to succeed.


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