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Bipartisan Bill to Expand Broadband Access (that Rep. Long Helped Pass) Becomes Law

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Broadband is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. The federal government spends billions of dollars each year on rural broadband deployment, yet millions of Americans lack basic access to broadband services. Data compiled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shows that roughly 27 percent of rural areas lack broadband access compared to only 1 percent in urban areas. Dur... Read More »

Long Responds to the Completion of the T-Mobile Sprint Merger

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Billy Long (R-MO) responds to the completion of the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint: “Southwest Missouri will benefit from the broad and dense 5G deployment that this transaction will provide. I look forward to seeing the New T-Mobile continue to deliver on its commitments to serve rural America, inject further competition into the fast-changing wireless marketplac... Read More »

Rep. Long Issues Statement on H.R. 6201

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Long issued the following statement on H.R. 6201: “The only opportunity Members of Congress had to review the text of the 110-page bill was 30 minutes before we voted on it. “That was after two days of trying my best to find out what would be in the bill and what we would be voting on. With the Senate having all weekend to review the bill, I look forward to them sending the... Read More »

Rural Broadband Gets Another Boost in Southwest Missouri

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Billy Long (MO-7) commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for awarding more than $175 million in funding to expand rural broadband in Missouri. “For rural communities, broadband access is as scarce as hen’s teeth,” said Rep. Billy Long (R-MO). “Today’s action expands connectivity to almost 4,000 homes and businesses in the 7th district of Missouri.... Read More »

Rep. Long Reacts to President Trump's State of the Union Address

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WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Billy Long issued the following statement after President Trump's State of the Union address: “For the past three years, the Trump Administration has helped generate one of the greatest economic comebacks in American history. Thanks to President Trump, the stock market has soared to new heights, unemployment rates have dropped considerably, and the economy is stronger than ev... Read More »

Butterfield, Long Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect Natural Gas Ratepayers

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) introduced the Protecting Natural Gas Consumers from Overcharges Act of 2020. The bipartisan bill aims to protect natural gas consumers, residential and industrial, from overpaying for their use of natural gas. The bill amends the National Gas Act to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)... Read More »

The USDA Announces $60.9 Million Investment to Improve Broadband Services in Rural Missouri

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Washington, D.C.— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it has invested $60.9 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that establish or improve e-Connectivity across the state. This investment will be used in part to build a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network that will improve broadband services for 8,683 households, 12 educational facilities, one healthcare system, and ... Read More »

Rep. Billy Long Votes 'No' on Resolution Appointing and Authorizing Impeachment Trial Managers

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Washington, D.C. — Rep. Billy Long (MO-07) released the following statement on the appointment of the impeachment trial managers: “After 28 days, the House finally voted on a resolution appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment trial of President Trump. I voted against this resolution because I believe that the managers named by Speaker Pelosi have repeatedly demonstrated their hatre... Read More »

Bringing Broadband Access to Rural Missourians

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Washington, D.C.— The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced a proposal called the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund would allocate $20.4 billion through a reverse-auction format to connect millions of rural homes and small businesses to high-speed broadband networks. The $20.4 Billion Fund would target areas that lack access to 25/3 Mbps broadb... Read More »

Rep. Billy Long Votes 'No' on Impeachment

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Washington, D.C.—Rep. Billy Long issued the following statement on impeachment: “House Democrats have wanted to impeach President Trump from the moment he was sworn in. In March of this year, Speaker Pelosi said that because an impeachment would be so divisive for this country, it must have bipartisan support and there must be overwhelming evidence, yet she has ignored her own standard. This impea... Read More »

Rep. McEachin and Rep. Long Applaud Passage of Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services (MAPS) Act

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Washington, D.C. - Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) released the following statement praising House passage of their bipartisan Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services (MAPS) Act. The MAPS Act would prohibit broadband providers from willfully, knowingly, or recklessly providing inaccurate broadband coverage data to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). “T... Read More »

Reps. Loebsack, Latta, Long and McEachin Praise House Passage of Legislation to Improve Broadband Data Maps

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Bob Latta (OH-05) authors of the “Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act (HR 4229), along with its cosponsors, Reps. Billy Long (MO-07) and Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued the following statements praising the House passage of the bill. The Broadband DATA Act is bipartisan legislation that would imp... Read More »

U.S. Department of Transportation Awards Springfield a Nearly $21 Million Grant

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Billy Long announced today that the United States Department of Transportation has awarded the city of Springfield a grant totaling $20,960,822. “This nearly $21 million grant for Springfield’s Grant Avenue Parkway Project will bolster economic growth and tourism in downtown Springfield by providing the means to create a more convenient way for pedestrians and cyclists to trav... Read More »

Two thumbs down from Long on Impeachment Inquiry

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Billy Long (R-MO.) released the following statement regarding his no vote today on House Democrats’ Impeachment Inquiry resolution. “On January 20, 2017, the day President Trump took office, the Washington Post’s headline read, ‘The Campaign to Impeach President Trump has Begun.’ Since that day, Democrats have clearly expressed a desire to impeach our duly-elected president ... Read More »

Long applauds EPA, U.S. Army Repeal of 2015 Rule Defining “Waters of the United States”

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Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Department of the Army Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James announced that the agencies are repealing a 2015 rule that impermissibly expanded the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. “The repeal of this rule is a win for farmers, ranch... Read More »