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Brindisi Fights for Rural Broadband, Veterans’ Health Care During Second Funding Debate

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Rep. Anthony Brindisi fought for Upstate New York priorities this week during debate of the U.S. Congress on a second governmental funding package.

Brindisi secured meaningful investment in both veterans’ health care and rural broadband, which would especially benefit the Central New York region.

“Taking care of our veterans and ensuring folks in the district have access to reliable internet are two things that come up at nearly every town hall I have in the district,” Brindisi said. “This legislation will improve care for our veterans, help protect our Bainbridge clinic from bureaucrats, and invest in rural broadband across our district. I will continue to work to ensure these priorities make it through the Senate and onto the President’s desk.”

Brindisi, a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, supported $222 million in suicide prevention funds and $47 million in Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing funding in the latest debate. He also co-led an amendment increasing funding for the HUD-Veterans Affairs and Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, which was was adopted unanimously.

In further support of our veterans, Brindisi also secured language in the underlying legislation that would require a market assessment to take place before Albany VA could move the Bainbridge clinic in Chenango County. Brindisi testified before the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee about this language in April.

Additionally, Brindisi voted to invest more than $600 million in the USDA’s Re-Connect program. which provides grants and loans for broadband access in rural areas. Brindisi is a member of the Rural Broadband Taskforce.

The overall spending bill (H.R. 3055) covered the Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD appropriations packages. The bill now moves to the Senate.

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