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Issue Position: Rural America

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Issue Position: Rural America

Today, Americans in rural communities face special challenges in finding good jobs at good wages, providing their children with quality education, finding high-quality affordable health care and meeting transportation and communications needs.

Throughout my career in public service, I have worked to give rural Americans the chance to build a better life for themselves and their children. I have worked to give family farmers a fair shot in competing with large corporations. I proposed and helped pass a plan making low-interest loans available to many rural small businesses hit by droughts, and I helped pass important reforms in crop and flood insurance to strengthen federal disaster assistance for rural communities.

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02/28/08 KERRY, KENNEDY, TSONGAS ANNOUNCE LAWRENCE TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $15 MILLION FOR FORECLOSURE COUNSELING
02/28/08 KERRY, KENNEDY, DELAHUNT ANNOUNCE SOUTH SHORE TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $150,000 FOR FORECLOSURE COUNSELING
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I always stand up for the voice and values of rural America. I support improved conservation efforts, truth in labeling practices, increasing access to advanced technology, and encouraging federal investment in renewable energy sources and technologies that will spur job growth and create the "cash crops" of tomorrow.

I believe we should unleash the productive potential of America's economy to help create jobs in rural America and give our farmers the support they need to compete and thrive in today's economy.

I understand that Americans in rural areas face special challenges in finding high-quality, affordable health care, and I have fought to make Washington responsive to their needs. Americans in rural areas should have access to the same range of affordable, high-quality health care plans available to members of Congress.

Rural Americans - like all Americans - deserve access to high-quality public education. I believe a fully funded No Child Left Behind Act is critical in addressing the real challenges rural schools face, such as the inaccessibility of professional development programs for rural teachers and the difficulty in recruiting teachers in rural areas. Education in our communities should be strengthened across the country.


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