White House hopeful Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) rolled out a sweeping plan to boost investments in rural communities across the country.
The plan, released a day before the start of the Iowa State Fair, comes as Klobuchar seeks to cast herself as an ambassador for the nation’s farming areas stemming from her time representing Minnesota in the Senate.
“Heartland politics is about bridging rural/urban divide, farm policy & housing & health & child care. As a [senior] member of AG com. from a rural state I get it & will lead on these issues,” Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, said.
Today I announced my plan to strengthen our rural economies. Heartland politics is about bridging rural/urban divide, farm policy & housing & health & child care. As a sr member of AG com. from a rural state I get it & will lead on these issues. Read here: https://t.co/2a6drtLvr1 pic.twitter.com/WtjSyJOa4R
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) August 7, 2019
The proposal lays out benefits for farmers, including strengthening agricultural disease protection, investing in rural bridges that are not part of the federal-aid highway network, and boosting the maximum loan amount that an individual farmer or rancher can receive from the Farm Service Agency.
Klobuchar’s plan also vows to invest in high-profile initiatives that are popular across the party, including expanding broadband access to rural and tribal communities and prioritizing rural energy development to help tackle climate change.
The Minnesota Democrat did not clarify how much her proposal would cost.
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), another presidential contender, also unveiled her own plan to inject new investments into rural America Wednesday.
The rollout of both rural plans comes ahead of the Iowa State Fair, which is set to run Aug. 8-18 and is considered a key part of the presidential primary campaign, making it a must-attend for most candidates.
The fair this year is being staged as farmers continue to face the consequences of a growing trade war between Washington and Beijing. China has hit back against the White House’s tariffs, particularly targeting rural areas that were crucial to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s political support in 2016.
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