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Expanding Rural Broadband

January 25, 2020
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Veterans Townhall in Jackson  

I welcomed Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Rep. Phil Roe to Jackson. He is a leading advocate for the men and women who served our country and has helped enact numerous reforms to assist our veterans. Together, we fielded questions about legislative efforts to address the veteran suicide crisis and improve the VA. We also helped connect veterans with benefits available to them. 

Coffee Hour in Eaton Rapids

I hosted a coffee hour in Eaton Rapids at the GAR Memorial Hall to listen to concerns in our community. Among the topics we discussed were the newly renegotiated trade deals, USMCA and the Phase One Deal with China. These deals will help level the playing field for Michigan workers and further improve an economy that currently boasts a 50-year low in unemployment.

FCC Chairman Pai Visits the 7th District

In our ongoing efforts to improve rural broadband, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai visited Monroe and Lenawee County to highlight the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the importance of expanding broadband access to unserved and underserved areas. We stopped in Tecumseh for a rural broadband roundtable and to see some high-speed deployment efforts underway by Midwest Energy & Communications. We also toured D & P Communications in Petersburg and discussed efforts to close the digital divide. 

Q&A with Students in Milan

Recently, I stopped by Milan High School to visit with students and answer questions for their video documentary projects. Their projects focused on a range of topics including education, health care, foreign policy, substance abuse issues, and many more. I wish all of these great students the best of luck.

Lenawee and Monroe Conservation District Meetings

Both Lenawee and Monroe County hosted their Conservation District annual meetings recently. I was glad to talk about our efforts to protect the Great Lakes through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is receiving its greatest funding since the year of its inception.  We also discussed the importance of implementing the best practices of agricultural management to preserve and protect our natural resources.