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Rep. Ron Kind’s Amendments to Help Wisconsin Sportsmen and Rural Communities Pass House of Representatives

June 21, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, the House of Representatives passed a number of bipartisan proposals authored by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind that will benefit Wisconsin.

“I was proud to see my amendments pass on the House floor with strong bipartisan support. These amendments will directly benefit rural communities and sportsmen in western and central Wisconsin.” said Rep. Ron Kind, “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure these proposals are signed into law in the coming weeks.

Rep. Kind’s amendments, which were passed during consideration of Fiscal Year 2020 government funding bills, include the following:

  • A bipartisan amendment to ensure that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) distributes $15 million to states to combat Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease affecting one of Wisconsin’s most iconic species – white-tailed deer. CWD currently affects at least 56 counties in Wisconsin, and this amendment will help provide our state with the resources necessary to address this crisis.
  • A bipartisan amendment to increase funding for USDA’s ReConnect broadband loan and grant program by $55 million, which will help close the digital divide in rural America. USDA ReConnect provides funds to expand broadband service to rural areas who lack high-speed internet access.
  • A bipartisan amendment to require the Section 232 auto report, which the Administration claims shows a national security risk from car imports, to be released to the public. The Administration’s unilateral trade actions are hurting Wisconsin’s farmers, workers, and families and this action, without public justification, would only cause further harm.