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Rep. Long Introduces Legislation to Address the Tragic Loss of Life at Bull Creek

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Washington, D.C.— Today, Rep. Long introduced legislation to determine the resources the Army Corps of Engineers would require to ensure the safety of projects completed under Nationwide Permits. “The tragic loss of life that occurred at Bull Creek quite possibly could have been avoided if the Army Corps of Engineers had the necessary authority and resources to consider public safety when approvin... Read more »

The "MEDIA Diversity Act" Passes the House

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the House of Representatives passed my bill, H.R. 5567, the “Measuring the Economics Driving Investments and Access for Diversity Act of 2020” or the “MEDIA Diversity Act of 2020.” The MEDIA Diversity Act would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to consider, with the input of its Office of Communications Business Opportunities of the Commission, market ent... Read more »

Rep. Long Announces Critical Grant Funding for Joplin Regional Airport

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) discretionary grant in the amount of $4,795,103 to Joplin Regional Airport to reconstruct their runways. “I recognize the value Joplin Regional Airport brings to our district, which is why I worked so hard to secure the grant funding necessary to reconstruct their runways,” said Congressman... Read more »

Reps. Long, Panetta, Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve Agricultural Fairs

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WASHINGTON DC – Today, Congressman Billy Long (R-MO-07) and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) introduced legislation to preserve agricultural fairs across the country and address the financial losses they have experienced as a result of the coronavirus. The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act will provide grant funding for agricultural fairs through state departments of agriculture to keep them functi... Read more »

Rep. Long Appointed to the President's Task Force on Reopening the Economy

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) released the following statement after being selected by President Trump to join the President’s Task Force on Reopening the Economy: “Though COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for our nation, I am confident that we can continue to protect our citizens without crushing our economy," said Rep. Long. "While public health officials have issued guide... Read more »

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 »