CLARENCE — Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-Orchard Park, has voted to advance the bipartisan Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act out of the House Agriculture Committee.

“Today the House Agriculture Committee proved that legislators can come together in a bipartisan way to advance legislation,” Jacobs said in a news release. “The Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act directs $43 billion in investments in rural communities to expand high-speed internet access, partly through the successful USDA ReConnect Rural Broadband Program.”

The Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act was modeled off legislation Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee introduced earlier this year.

Currently, a bipartisan group of senators is developing infrastructure legislation with $65 billion allocated for broadband. The legislation serves as a pathway to direct a majority of that spending through existing USDA programs with a proven track record of delivering for rural communities.”

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