Jones’ first original bill, the “Rural Health Liaison Act,” included in Senate-approved Farm Bill
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today announced that the Senate has approved his bipartisan Rural Health Liaison Act, the first original legislation he introduced in the Senate, as a part of the Farm Bill package. Communities across Alabama stand to benefit from increased federal support as part of the Farm Bill that passed in the Senate this afternoon. The legislation, which is undertaken only once every five years, is a comprehensive bill that encompasses a wide range of issues from commodity price supports and rural development to agricultural conservation and food assistance. The version that passed in the Senate today provides protections for Alabama’s farmers as well as critical support for key Alabama issues such as health care, sewage infrastructure, and broadband.
“Farming is a risky venture. Bad market conditions or natural disasters could devastate the livelihood of Alabama’s farmers in any moment. This Farm Bill offers important protections and safety nets to ensure our farmers are covered. Throughout this process, I have advocated to protect our cotton, peanut, and soybean producers among all the other important commodities our state produces. I will continue to do so as the bill moves to a conference report,” said Senator Doug Jones. “I’m also proud to have worked with my colleagues to include my first original legislation in the Farm Bill text to improve rural health care delivery, in addition to addressing several critical needs for the state of Alabama like expanding access to high-speed internet and combatting our sewage system crisis.”
The Senate-approved Farm Bill also includes several specific provisions championed by Senator Jones for Alabama’s rural communities, including:
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