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Long and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson wrap up annual agriculture tour in southwest Missouri

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SPRINGFIELD – Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (MN-07) issued the following statements today after Congressman Long’s annual agriculture tour in Missouri’s 7th Congressional District: “For this year’s agriculture tour I was honored to be joined by the House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN),” said Rep. Long. “I have always ... Read More »

FCC doles out $6 million in CAF II funds for rural broadband in southwest Missouri

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CASSVILLE, MO – Today, Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for awarding more than $6 million in funding to Barry Technology Services in Cassville, Missouri, to expand broadband service delivering Gigabit speeds. The funding is part of the Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) auction, which is one of many efforts by the FCC to expand broadband in u... Read More »

Long introduces bill aimed at improving broadband infrastructure in rural America

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Billy Long (MO-7) and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) released the following statement after H.R. 3869, the Internet Exchange (IX) Act, was introduced in the House. The bill aims to strengthen Internet access in rural and other underserved areas by promoting more Internet Exchanges across the country. “We need to build up and expand rural broadband infrastructure,” sai... Read More »

Long tours new Springfield Veteran Affairs medical clinic

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SPRINGFIELD, MO – Today, Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) toured the Springfield Veteran Affairs (VA) medical clinic. This brand new facility serves an average of 200 veterans per day and offers a wide array of services including primary care, mental health, lab services, radiology, and endoscopy. In addition to these and other services, the clinic plans to offer dental services in the near future. ... Read More »

Long tours the neonatal intensive care unit and discusses the opioid crisis with the staff at Cox Medical Center South

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SPRINGFIELD, MO – Today, Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) met with health care professionals at Cox Medical Center South for a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis. During the visit, the Congressman also toured the neonatal intensive care unit to see firsthand how CoxHealth is treating babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a condition caused by mothers addicted to opioids while pregnant. “... Read More »

Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation to receive $263 million in loans to improve electrical grid in Arkansas and Missouri

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Washington, D.C. – The United States Department of Agriculture announced that they will be providing $858 million in loans to upgrade rural electric systems in 17 states, including Missouri and Arkansas. The Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation in Berryville, Arkansas will receive over $263 million in loans to improve grid reliability throughout Arkansas and southwest Missouri. I am pleased to... Read More »

Long tours areas in southwest Missouri devastated by Wednesday night's storms

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CARL JUNCTION, MO – Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) today released the following statement after touring areas in southwest Missouri that were severely damaged during Wednesday night’s storms: “First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude to all of the volunteers that have turned out to assist and support those affected by this devastating tornado in Carl Junction,” said Rep. Long. “Today, I ... Read More »

Long congratulates Ozark High School student for winning the 38th Annual Congressional Art Competition for Missouri’s 7th Congressional District

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SPRINGFIELD – Today, Congressman Long (R-MO) recognized Ozark High School student, Skylar Schafer, for winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Skylar Schafer’s winning selection is a watercolor painting entitled, “Missouri Barn.” Schafer’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with other artwork winners from across the country. She will have the opportunity to c... Read More »

Long reintroduces bill to protect homeowners on Table Rock Lake

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SPRINGFIELD, MO – Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) reintroduced legislation to protect homeowners on Table Rock Lake from being forced by the Army Corps of Engineers to remove existing structures on their property that conflict with the lake's new boundary lines. Numerous homeowners around Table Rock Lake have structures on their property, such as retaining walls, steps and decks that have been pres... Read More »

Long signs discharge petition to protect innocent lives

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) today signed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act discharge petition. If the petition receives 218 signatures, after seven legislative days it will be discharged from the House Rules Committee and will be brought to the floor for a vote. The Congressman released the following statement after signing the petition: “The Born Alive Act is ... Read More »

ICYMI: It’s not too late to submit an original piece of artwork for this year’s 38th annual congressional art competition

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SPRINGFIELD, MO – This year marks the 38thannual high school art competition held by the Congressional Institute that allows students from all across the country to showcase their artistic talents by submitting an original piece of artwork. Here in Missouri’s 7th Congressional District, once students have submitted their artwork the pieces are judged by a panel made up of local artists who will se... Read More »

Reps. Long, Wittman, Matsui, Lowenthal Introduce the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act to Reduce Emissions & Promote Clean Air

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Billy Long (R-MO), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2019 to reauthorize DERA, a program where emissions-reducing strategies are deployed to promote clean air, healthier communities, and protecting the environment. Emissions from older, dirtier diesel engines, which can ope... Read More »

Long comments on the recent college admissions scam

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) issued the following statement regarding the recent college admissions scam: “My heart aches for the students who over the years have done their very best by studying hard, training and piling on the extracurricular activities only to miss out on being admitted to the colleges they worked their entire lives to get into due to undeserving applicants... Read More »

Empowering women for a better future

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I don’t know if Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing it on purpose or if it’s just a function of more and more women serving in Congress, but during the month of March, Women’s History Month, it seems like every time I look up there is a woman in the Speaker's chair serving as Speaker Pro-Tem. On March 8, Congresswoman Deb Haaland made history by being the first Native American woman to serve as Speaker ... Read More »

Democrats pass the first of many bills to reduce Second Amendment rights

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This week, the Democratic controlled House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, an effort at gun control that failed to include any conservative ideas. Democrats claim H.R. 8 would reduce gun violence by expanding background checks and requiring the transfer of firearms between individuals and a federally licensed firearm (FFL) dealer only. In reality this bill would only take away the rights of law-... Read More »