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Rural Policy Action Report

In 2021, we convened rural advocates from across the country to create The Rural Policy Action Report. Identifying the top rural policy priorities for the year, the report was widely publicized and was shared directly with policymakers and key decision makers in the Biden administration. In 2022, we added resources for state-based policymakers and advocates. Each issue area includes policy priorities, example legislation, and the context for how these issues impact people in rural communities.

Many of the report's Federal recommendations were adopted and have made a significant impact in people’s lives. The American Rescue Plan and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funded key programs for public health, economic recovery, and job growth. The Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy calls for new and better rules to lower prescription drug prices, increase wages, expand internet access, and establish the “right to repair” which empowers people to fix their equipment and property without going to an authorized agent. The Postal Service Reform Act funds the USPS and removes artificial barriers to economic sustainability. The Act also supports reliable delivery across the country and enables the USPS to collaborate with local governments to provide non-postal services.

 

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