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Rep. Young Works With Approps Ranking Member To Secure Additional Funds For RAVG Program


, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young voted Oct. 7 in favor of H.R. 2997, the Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2010 Conference Report.  The conference report includes $70 million for rural water and waste water disposal grants for Native Americans, including Native Alaskans, the Colonias and residents of Hawaiian Homelands.  Alaska is expected to receive about $24.5 million of that total.

"This agreement contains the additional $29 million for the Rural Alaskan Village Grants (RAVG) Program that the Senate had requested, and that I worked with Appropriations Ranking Member Lewis to uphold," said Rep. Young.  "This program is incredibly important to our rural communities and not only sustains them but creates new opportunities for growth and development.  It has resulted in substantial improvements in the health, safety and well-being of rural Alaskans.  Many Alaskans may not realize that the Agriculture bill funds many critical programs in Alaska, ranging from rural housing to broadband grants to child nutrition programs.  This is an important bill for Alaskans and one that I am happy to support."

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