U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, on Thursday announced the Rebuild Rural America Act, a proposal to deliver $50 billion in federal resources directly to rural communities as they respond to and recover from the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. She was joined in the announcement by House bill sponsor Rep. Antonio Delgado, NY-19.
The act would establish a dedicated federal funding stream for rural communities, which, according to Gillibrand, normally compete for limited grant funding while larger communities claim the lion's share of existing dedicated funds.
Specifically, the Rebuild Rural America Act would create a $50 billion Rural Future Partnership Fund to provide non-competitive, five-year, renewable block grants to certified rural regions for implementation of locally-developed regional revitalization plans.
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