Rep. Duffy: Rural Relief Initiative and More Updates

Monday, December 4, 2017 | Submitted by Rep. Sean Duffy, Wis 7th Congressional District |

Dear Friends,

I wanted to send you a quick note to give you an update on what's going on in DC and in the district.

First of all, it is truly humbling that there has been so much support and interest in my 5th annual Hunger & Homelessness Summit. Unfortunately, due to an abrupt change in the Congressional schedule, our 5th annual Hunger & Homelessness Summit has been postponed until January 15.

But rest assured, we will have a great Summit and there will be more details coming soon!

Rural Relief Initiative:

Rural Americans deserve policies that specifically address the unique challenges they face. Tackling issues facing rural America is going to be a major topic of discussion at the Hunger & Homelessness Summit, and it's already a focus of mine in Washington.

Please take a moment to read a bit of the Wall Street Journal's profile on the Rural Relief Initiative:

"Eleven House Republicans dubbing themselves the Rural Relief group plan to introduce a package of five bills Tuesday to address worsening economic and social woes in small-town America.

"The bills include measures to bolster training for rural emergency medical service squads and rural students in technical education programs. Others would redirect some existing funding to help small towns manage the complex needs of the homeless and to help families whose children are substance abusers.

"Another measure in the package, called the Rural Relief Initiative by the group, would set aside money in matching grants for communities to build and run workshops that let young students use 3-D printing and other new manufacturing techniques. Such 'fab labs' have spread to many cities after the concept was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a decade ago.

"The lawmakers who plan to introduce the legislation cited a Wall Street Journal series detailing the socioeconomic decline of rural America as the impetus for the bills. The series, called 'One Nation, Divisible,' has detailed a generation-long decline that has left rural areas with rates of disease and dysfunction that rival or top those of large cities."

To read the entire profile from the Wall Street Journal.

St. Croix Central Google Hangout

This week while I was in Washington, I had the chance to chat with some awesome AP students from St. Croix Central. We were able to discuss a lot of thought-provoking topics, like why people decide to get into public service, how Americans have a great opportunity to come together to find agreement, and a few policy ideas.

Glad that technology gave us the ability to connect! Click HERE or the image below to see pics from the Hangout!

Announcement: Amery, WI Veterans Breakfast Coming Up!

Attention Wisconsin Vets: our office is here to make sure that you are able to access all of the government resources that you have been promised and that you deserve.

That's why our Hudson office's outreach specialist, Sean Lybert, will be at Amery Family Restaurant on December 4th for a veterans breakfast. Stop on by and say hello!

Click HERE for details- and remember to "like" and SHARE to spread the word to other vets in our neck of the woods.

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