RCRC takes Rural Message to DC
This past week over 1,500 county officials, their staff and NACo affiliates attended the National Association of Counties’ 2013 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference featured special presentations from Attorney General Eric Holder, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn( D-SC), Associate Editor of the Washington Post Bob Woodward and Moody Corporation Chief Economist Mark Zandi.
Attendees also heard legislative and policy updates from Congressional staff and federal agencies including U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Communications Commission.
Following the conference, Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) leaders participated in the “NACo on the Hill” effort and met with Members of Congress.
With the single priority of RCRC being the survival of the secure rural schools program that funds both school and county road programs, RCRC 2nd Vice Chair Lee Adams and other RCRC officers and staff with our Congressman Doug La Malfa,
as well as staff of Senators Boxer and Feinstein. The group also met with Public Lands committee staff and house natural resources committee staff to make the case for the continued funding of the SRS program.
Additionally, Supervisor Adams and RCRC senior legislative advocate Paul Smith also met with staff of the house oversight and government reform committee to make the case for rural and isolated post offices targeted for closure.
Said supervisor Adams, ‘While I have observed the efforts of RCRC in Sacramento on many occasions, I am wowed by the efforts of the RCRC team in Washington over the two days spent delivering the rural county voice on Capitol Hill. I was humbled to be a part of this effort both for Sierra County and the 31 other counties that are RCRC. ‘