Rep. Austin Scott Broadband Proposals Included in Major Legislation, Head to the House Floor

April 18, 2018
Press Release
Two Scott proposals to bring modernization and accountability to broadband services and spur broadband infrastructure investment in rural America included in 2018 Farm Bill, pass out of Committee.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), a Member of the House Agriculture Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, today released the following statement upon the Committee passing the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the “farm bill.” Through negotiations, Rep. Scott was able to maintain the current commodity policy provisions for peanut producers, maintain the commodity policy for seed cotton, reauthorize the Rural Utility Service Loans and Broadband grants, and prioritize research and development of additional risk management policies for specialty crops like peaches and pecans.

“Today, the House Agriculture Committee passed for the first time in four years a substantial policy framework acutely focused on our rural communities, American producers, and those supported by our nation’s food nutrition programs,” said Rep. Scott. “There was a lot of dialogue in the Committee today on the nutrition title reforms, including the SNAP program. Currently, SNAP recipients are caught between a rock and a hard place, and in this legislation, the Committee has crafted commonsense changes to our existing policy which will offer a true leg up and pathway off the program.”

Included in the major legislation which contains annual spending for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provisions concerning crop insurance, rural development, specialty crops, and research, extension, and education programs, were two amendments offered by Rep. Scott to bring modernization and accountability to broadband services and spur broadband infrastructure investment in rural America.

“Smart farm technology requires modern, high-speed internet access, and I am very pleased that my two amendments to bring broadband services and broadband infrastructure investment to rural America were accepted into the legislation and passed by the Committee.”

Written every four to five years, the farm bill is our nation’s primary agriculture policy tool. The current farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, funds farm programs through 2018.

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