Sending Office: Honorable G. K. Butterfield
Cosponsor H.R. 2228, the Persistent Poverty Counties Loan Relief Act
I invite you to join me in helping local government entities in our most impoverished counties across the country by cosponsoring H.R. 2228 – the Persistent Poverty Counties Loan Relief Act of 2019.
The bill offers political subdivisions within persistent poverty counties (those with 20 percent or more poverty for the past 30 years) the ability to restructure loan debt acquired through certain United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development
(RD) loan programs to an interest rate of 0 percent for up to a 40-year loan term. Only local government entities in our most vulnerable and stressed counties across the country would be eligible for the restructuring of specific loans made through the USDA.
The RD loans identified in the bill are designed to help rural communities build critical utility infrastructure like water treatment and electric distribution and generation facilities. They also target the expansion of broadband and telecommunications
infrastructure to enable rural students and teachers access to information and teaching materials needed for success in the 21st Century. Expanded access to broadband and telecommunications technology also offers rural patients access to doctors
and medical treatments through telemedicine, which produces better health outcomes and lower healthcare costs. Further, other loan programs eligible for loan restructuring in the bill are designed to help rural communities build essential community facilities
like hospitals, child care centers, and affordable rental housing options for low-income individuals and families.
There are 386 persistent poverty counties across the country, represented by both Democrats and Republicans. These counties are struggling on many fronts and that includes the ability of their local governments to make improvements to infrastructure and
provide services. The Persistent Poverty Counties Loan Relief Act will give these local governments needed fiscal relief and a chance to provide critical infrastructure needed to spur economic development in distressed areas of the country and the ability
to provide necessary public services and utilities.
For more information or to become a cosponsor of H.R. 2228, please contact Kyle Parker (Butterfield) at 5-3101 or Kyle.L.Parker@mail.house.gov.
Thank you very much.
Very truly yours,
G. K. Butterfield
Member of Congress
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