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  1. IN THE HOUSE OF THE UNITED STATES ----------------------------------------------- Mrs. Masden of Washington, for herself ( Mr. Ward of Arkansas, and Mr. Hong of Louisiana), submits… A BILL… To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a program of awarding grants to service providers to expand broadband access in rural areas. Be it enacted by the United States Senate, and House of Representatives assembled, that. Section 1. Short Title This legislation may be cited as the ‘Rural Broadband Access Act of 2019” Section 2. Amendments to the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 is amended -- in subsection (a) by striking ‘loans and loan guarantees’ and inserting ‘loans, loan guarantees, and grants’ in subsection © - in paragraph (1) by inserting ‘, and may make grants’ after ‘loans’ in paragraph (2) by inserting ‘, and in making grants,’ before ‘under paragraph (1); in subsection (d) by adding at the end of the following; ‘(8) ADDITIONAL PROCESS- The Secretary shall establish a process under which an incumbent service provider which, as of the date of the publication notice under paragraph (5) with respect to the application submitted by the provider, is providing broadband service to a remote rural area, may (but shall not be required to) submit to the Secretary, not less than 15 and not more than 30 days after that date, information regarding the broadband services that the provider offers in the proposed service territory, so that the Secretary may assess the application. in subsection (e) by adding at the end of the following: ‘(3) REQUIREMENT - In considering the technology needs of customers in a proposed service territory, the Secretary shall take into consideration the upgrade, or replacement cost of the construction or acquisition of facilities and equipment in the territory’ ; by redesignating subsections (k) and (l) as subsections (l) and (m), respectively, and inserting after subsection (j) the following: ‘(k) Matching Grants - ‘(1) IN GENERAL - The Secretary may make a grant to an entity for a project with respect to which a loan, or a loan guarantee is made under this section. ‘(2) AMOUNT - ‘(A) IN GENERAL - The amount of the grant shall not exceed 20% of the cost of the project. ‘(B) MATCH REQUIREMENT - The Secretary may not make a grant to an entity for a project unless the entity has made a binding commitment to the Secretary that the entity will provide for the project, from non-Federal sources, an amount equal to the amount of the grant.’; in subjection (l) (as so redesignated) - by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following: ‘(1) LIMITATION ON AUTHORIZATIONS OF APPROPRIATIONS - There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section such sums may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2024, to remain available until expended. Of the sums made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year - ‘(A) 70% shall be made available for the cost of loans, and loan guarantees under this section; and ‘(B) 30% shall be made available for grants, under this section.’; and in paragraph (2) -- ‘(i) in the paragraph heading insert ‘LOAN AND LOAN GUARANTEE’ before ‘FUNDS’ and ‘(ii) in subparagraph (A), by inserting ‘for loans and loan guarantees’ before ‘under this subsection’; and SECTION 3. APPROPRIATIONS For this bill the Secretary of Agriculture shall appropriate $350 million for the program through the fiscal years 2019 through 2024 PLAIN ENGLISH SUMMARY: This legislation creates a grant program for broadband provides by amending the Rural Electrification Act of 1936
  2. Elizabeth Masden Rep. Masden: "Let's Invest in Rural Broadband" Representative Elizabeth Masden, of Washington's Fifth District recently sponsored her first piece of legislation in this Congressional session. Her legislation, the 'Rural Broadband Access Act of 2019' is designed to inject $350 million in grants to expand rural America's almost non-existent broadband networks. Masden called her legislation a "crucial component in reinvigorating America's rural areas', she continued on attacking members of the political establishment for "ignoring rural America" and "rural values". Her legislation has already gathered several co-sponsors, all of whom are members of the Democratic Party but to fight back against that narrative she proclaimed that this piece of legislation is "neither progressive, nor conservative, but rather a commonsense fix to a very real issue". Representative Masden said that she is looking forward to the legislation being brought up to the House floor; hoping it does so "quickly". She is confident the legislation will garner support from Republicans, and Democrats alike. "It really is just commonsense. Rural America, including my own district, has been left behind in the so called 'digital revolution' let us bring highspeed internet to these locations and all the economic benefits that translate along with it; it definitely will cost money now, but will save us money and create jobs down the road" Masden can be reached at her Spokane, or Washington D.C offices via her Press Secretary Jennifer Jordan. View full PR
  3. Mr. Speaker, These seem like very broad strokes to paint, especially number 2 and number 4. They seem very general, and there could be a potential for politicization. An independent and non-political Federal Reserve is critical to ensuring that monetary policy is implemented in a fair and non biased way. Politicization of this group is exceedingly dangerous. I yield
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    @ElizabethMasden

    @ElizabethMasden $20 billion. That is how much the United State's Government gives in yearly subsidies to the world's largest oil and coal companies. @ElizabethMasden These corporations are making record profits, making billions each quarter. Why are we funding them, with OUR tax dollars? #EndCorporateWelfare
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    @ElizabethMasden

    Wife, Mother, Businesswoman, Tribal Leader, Congresswoman @ElizabethMasden ----Tweet Here----
  6. Mr. Speaker, While I did object, I am not totally decided on this legislation. I am just personally unsure whether we should politicize the Federal Reserve in such a way -- potentially politicizing monetary policy in the United States and the Fed's ability to lower inflation, and such is a worrisome prospect to me. I yield
  7. Mr. Speaker, I object I yield
  8. Bren

    ANWR Act

    Mr. Speaker, I motion to amend the legislation,. I am proposing that we add a section that will not only make our tax code more fair for all Americans but it will cut our deficit and help prevent saddling future generations -- our children -- with debt. I know a majority of this chamber has to agree with that. Secondly, for far too long we have been acting irresponsibly. Back home my family's ranch sits on sacred soil. We fish, we hunt and we reap much from what the Earth offers us. We cannot continue to go down old paths. We cannot continue living in the past. Not only are these sorts of policies harmful to our environment they are harmful to the every hard working American. The American tax payers cannot, and should not be expected to prop up corporations who already reap in billions and billions in profits every quarter. It is irresponsible. I yield
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    @ElizabethMasden

    @ElizabethMasden Thank you @Huffines for your co-sponsor! Glad to see the fight to give rural Americans broadband is bipartisan. Together we can accomplish much
  10. Rep. Masden: "Let's Invest in Rural Broadband" Representative Elizabeth Masden, of Washington's Fifth District recently sponsored her first piece of legislation in this Congressional session. Her legislation, the 'Rural Broadband Access Act of 2019' is designed to inject $350 million in grants to expand rural America's almost non-existent broadband networks. Masden called her legislation a "crucial component in reinvigorating America's rural areas', she continued on attacking members of the political establishment for "ignoring rural America" and "rural values". Her legislation has already gathered several co-sponsors, all of whom are members of the Democratic Party but to fight back against that narrative she proclaimed that this piece of legislation is "neither progressive, nor conservative, but rather a commonsense fix to a very real issue". Representative Masden said that she is looking forward to the legislation being brought up to the House floor; hoping it does so "quickly". She is confident the legislation will garner support from Republicans, and Democrats alike. "It really is just commonsense. Rural America, including my own district, has been left behind in the so called 'digital revolution' let us bring highspeed internet to these locations and all the economic benefits that translate along with it; it definitely will cost money now, but will save us money and create jobs down the road" Masden can be reached at her Spokane, or Washington D.C offices via her Press Secretary Jennifer Jordan.
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    Lois Heller (Democrat)

    ay, Hey Nick!
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    @ElizabethMasden

    @ElizabethMasden We need to enact a BOLD and PROGRESSIVE agenda to counter the right. We need to be proactive, and push for change; not reactive and continue down the same old road, trying failed policies.
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    @ElizabethMasden

    @ElizabethMasden Rural communities have been left behind in the digital revolution. We must invest in broadband and bring connectivity to rural America.
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    @ElizabethMasden

    @ElizabethMasden The Democratic Party is the party of choice. We must remain steadfast in our support of a woman's right to choose.
  19. Character Name: Elizabeth Masden Home State: Washington Previous Job: Politics (Congressman, Governor, Mayor, or lower rank) Date of Birth: 05/23/1979 Race / Ethnicity: American Indian or Alaska Native Religion: Protestant Christian Wealth: Upper Class Gender: Female Sexuality: Heterosexual Are you married?: Yes How many children do you have?: 2 Elizabeth Masden was born May 23, 1979, on the Spokane Indian Reservation in the city of Wellpinit, Washington. Elizabeth's family ranched and farmed just outside of the community, and despite this, her family still struggled economically. She was soon taken under the wing by a member of the Tribal Council, who helped her get the recommendation to attend the private Catholic Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane. After graduating from Gonzaga Prep she went on to enroll in Gonzaga University, seeking a degree in business administration and communications. While enrolled at Gonzaga Elizabeth met fellow Spokane tribe member, Joseph Browneagle, and the two quickly got married, and after both graduated from Gonzaga moved back onto the family ranch and their family quickly grew with the births of their two sons. Elizabeth soon got a job as the head of the Natural Resource/Land Committee on the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, a nonprofit representing a multitude of tribes throughout the Pacific and Mountain Northwest region. She worked on that committee representing and fighting for native values of responsible and sustainable land management and ownership. Once her children grew a bit older she decided to run for Tribal Council of the Spokane tribe and was soon elected as a Chairwoman, representing her community on the tribal council. Soon thereafter she was promoted to the Executive Council of the ATNI, further growing her political influence in Eastern Washington, especially amongst the native people. In 2015, she announced she would challenge Cathy McMorris-Rogers for Washington's Fifth Congressional District. She was able to turn out young, minority, and new voters in droves thanks to a social media, and twitter campaign aimed at exciting a progressive base of voters, with the support of typically liberal policies such as a move towards renewables, Medicare for all, and tuition-free college. However, she was able to maintain support among the areas many conservatives by proclaiming she was personally pro-life, while politically pro-choice, and also an advocate for responsible second amendment rights, being a gun owner herself. View full character
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    Elizabeth Masden (Democrat)

    Thanks everybody, and good to see old faces
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    Elizabeth Masden

    Elizabeth Masden was born May 23, 1979, on the Spokane Indian Reservation in the city of Wellpinit, Washington. Elizabeth's family ranched and farmed just outside of the community, and despite this, her family still struggled economically. She was soon taken under the wing by a member of the Tribal Council, who helped her get the recommendation to attend the private Catholic Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane. After graduating from Gonzaga Prep she went on to enroll in Gonzaga University, seeking a degree in business administration and communications. While enrolled at Gonzaga Elizabeth met fellow Spokane tribe member, Joseph Browneagle, and the two quickly got married, and after both graduated from Gonzaga moved back onto the family ranch and their family quickly grew with the births of their two sons. Elizabeth soon got a job as the head of the Natural Resource/Land Committee on the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, a nonprofit representing a multitude of tribes throughout the Pacific and Mountain Northwest region. She worked on that committee representing and fighting for native values of responsible and sustainable land management and ownership. Once her children grew a bit older she decided to run for Tribal Council of the Spokane tribe and was soon elected as a Chairwoman, representing her community on the tribal council. Soon thereafter she was promoted to the Executive Council of the ATNI, further growing her political influence in Eastern Washington, especially amongst the native people. In 2015, she announced she would challenge Cathy McMorris-Rogers for Washington's Fifth Congressional District. She was able to turn out young, minority, and new voters in droves thanks to a social media, and twitter campaign aimed at exciting a progressive base of voters, with the support of typically liberal policies such as a move towards renewables, Medicare for all, and tuition-free college. However, she was able to maintain support among the areas many conservatives by proclaiming she was personally pro-life, while politically pro-choice, and also an advocate for responsible second amendment rights, being a gun owner herself.
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