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Blunt-Backed USDA Program Announced Funding to Improve Infrastructure, Expand Health Care in Six Missouri Counties

June 29, 2018

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement that it will invest resources in six Missouri counties to strengthen infrastructure, expand health care, and improve the quality of life. The USDA’s Community Facilities program provides affordable funding to develop and enhance community facilities in rural areas. The program will provide resources to communities within Dunklin, Scotland, Dent, Livingston, Grundy, and Schuyler Counties.

“I’m committed to helping rural communities address the unique challenges they face, whether it’s aging infrastructure, limited access to health care, or strained budgets for critical public services,” said Blunt. “These resources will improve roads, increase access to health care, and reduce emergency response times in rural communities across Missouri. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’ll continue supporting this program, and other federal investments that are needed to improve the economic stability and quality of life in rural communities.”

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Blunt helped secure an increase for the Community Facilities program in the 2018 Omnibus bill. The Farm Bill, which Blunt supported and the Senate passed this week, reauthorizes the program and prioritizes funding for the development of community facilities that provide substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Following Are the Projects Included in the USDA’s Announcement:

City of Campbell: USDA funding will be used to replace police and fire equipment that is outdated and no longer meets the needs of the community. The new equipment will provide necessary protection to the fire fighters and police officers so they can improve response times to Campbell's 1,992 residents.

Scotland County: This rural development investment will be used to purchase a new motor grader for Scotland County. The grader will be used for road maintenance and snow removal, benefitting the county’s 4,843 residents.

Dent County: USDA resources will support much-needed renovations of the Dent County Fire Protection District's fire station, which serves more than 11,000 Missourians.

Livingston County: The investment will go toward the construction of an additional wing for skilled nursing patients at the Livingston County Nursing Home. The nursing home provides quality health and assisted-living care.

Schuyler County: The funding will be used to finance a new motor grader that will be used for removing snow and maintaining the county’s dirt and gravel roads. This is critical for the safety of the county's emergency personnel and 4,431 residents.

Grundy County: The investment will be used to purchase an accessible lift van for the Grundy County Nursing Home. The van will transport patients to and from doctor visits, therapy, trips to the hospital, as well as local outings and activities.

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