(WNY News Now) – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside local leaders in Salamanca, introduced the Rebuild Rural America Act, a transformative legislation aimed at injecting $50 billion into rural economic development, infrastructure, education, healthcare, and small businesses.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Rebuild Rural America Act in partnership with local leaders. The objective is too help with revitalizing rural communities across the nation. The proposed legislation, a $50 billion investment, is designed to tackle the unique challenges faced by rural America while simplifying access to federal funds and resources.
“New York’s rural communities confront distinct obstacles, often underserved by federal support,” emphasized Senator Gillibrand. “Through the Rebuild Rural America Act, we commit $50 billion to empower these communities, fostering the growth of schools, childcare, private investment, workforce development, and crucial infrastructure. I am determined to usher this bill through the Farm Bill this year.”
Mayor Sandra Magiera of Salamanca expressed enthusiasm for the legislation, stating, “The City of Salamanca welcomes Senator Gillibrand’s commitment to reinvigorate rural economies. This legislation is a lifeline, funneling billions into regions like ours, uplifting infrastructure, education, healthcare, and small businesses. Senator Gillibrand’s dedication to this impactful legislation is deeply appreciated.”
Central to the Rebuild Rural America Act’s framework are several key components:
Rural Future Partnership Fund: An innovative $50 billion block grant program will be established to fund long-term rural economic projects. This encompasses a range of investments, including childcare centers, public schools, libraries, healthcare providers, community centers, workforce development initiatives, emergency readiness programs, main street revitalization efforts, and water and sewer facilities.