Blue Dogs Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Expand High-Speed Broadband Internet Access

May 21, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, the co-chairs of the Blue Dog Task Force on Infrastructure and Job Creation—Reps. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) and Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)—and the co-chairs of the Blue Dog Task Force on Rural Opportunity—Reps. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) and Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02)—wrote a joint op-ed in Fox News Opinion calling for bipartisan infrastructure legislation that not only fixes our nation’s already-existing, crumbling infrastructure, but also expands high-speed broadband internet to all corners of our nation, particularly to rural and tribal communities.

 

At the beginning of the 116th Congress, the Blue Dog Coalition was the first caucus to send a letter to Democratic leadership calling on them to prioritize infrastructure legislation.

 

Rural Americans need high-speed internet, too

By Reps. Joe Cunningham (SC-01), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), and Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02)

Fox News Opinion

May 21, 2019

 

“…Throughout our history, both Republicans and Democrats have recognized that innovation spurs the need to expand new infrastructure to rural America, which has allowed our country to remain at the cutting edge of international competition.

 

“In the 1930s, when it became clear that electricity was becoming vital to economic growth, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Rural Electrification Administration to expand electricity to rural communities, transform life in rural America, and put those communities on the path to prosperity. In the 1950s, President Dwight D. Eisenhower recognized the value in expanding highways to all corners of the nation and signed the Federal Aid-Highway Act into law to build the national interstate highway system that connects our coasts today.

 

“Our nation has reached another crossroad where innovation requires the expansion of a new form of infrastructure: high-speed broadband internet…”

 

Read the full opinion piece here.

 

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