Press Release: CSRC Launces Rural Report Cards

First Report Card Focuses on Health Care Legislation to Benefit MN07

July 28, 2020Today the Committee for Stronger Rural Communities (CSRC) released the first of its Rural Report Card series. “Health Care in Rural America: A Report Card” will be followed with reports on other rural issues, including agricultural policy, small business and more. 

The CSRC Rural Health Care Report Card assesses the recent legislative record of members of Congress to improve cost, access and quality of rural health care.  In its first active election cycle, the CSRC is focusing its resources on supporting the re-election of Rep. Collin Peterson, MN07. To that end, the Super PAC’s first Rural Health Care Report card focuses just solely on the record of Rep. Peterson. 

“Our country has been trying to do health care right for a long time. It’s a real challenge for rural communities, even before COVID-19. We looked at the record going back several years and the most recent actions in response to the pandemic, and there’s no question that Congressman Peterson has been a health care leader,” said Kelly Erickson, CSRC steering committee chair. “Most people think of farming when they think of Collin, but he is not a one-issue lawmaker. He has a record of accomplishment in health care that matters to the families in MN07.” 

The report card examined the impact of the most significant health care related bills, and Rep. Peterson’s related voting record, including the CARES Act, the HEROES Act, the Rural Hospital Frontier Fairness Act, the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act, and other bills to lower prescription drugs, protect pre-existing conditions and boost funding for rural hospitals. 

Ensuing report cards will similarly examine legislation regarding other rural issues.

About the CSRC: 

A bipartisan committee, CSRC champions a policy agenda to strengthen rural America by supporting federal candidates who can make a significant, positive impact on rural America. In 2020, CSRC is focusing on the reelection of Rep. Collin Peterson, MN07, because of his leadership and record of accomplishment on rural issues.