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Legislative Update

2018 NRECA Legislative Conference

More than 65 representatives from Wisconsin electric cooperatives, including PPCS, joined over 2,000 delegates from around the country who attended the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., on April 9-11.  Their mission—to engage in conversations with lawmakers on important issues that impact our rural communities, and specifically on our ability to deliver reliable and affordable electricity. 

The group advocated that Congress enact the following measures regarding the 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorization:

  • Oppose harmful amendments to the Rural Electrification Act.
  • Work with cooperatives to ensure ample funding for Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program.
  • Reauthorize the guaranteed underwriter program.
  • Reauthorize Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Rural Energy Savings Program (RES).
  • Maintain a strong rural development title of the Farm Bill.

They also advocated for additional funding for rural broadband infrastructure.

The delegates representing PPCS included Chairman Roger Wiff and wife Judy, Director Lonnie Feuerhelm, Christopher Tackmann, vice president, member and administrative services, and Charity Lubich, executive assistant/HR administrator.

The links below provide information about the position of NRECA and electric cooperatives on these important issues.

Support Strong Rural Development and Rural Broadband Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorization (PDF)

Rural Broadband Infrasturcture Funding (PDF)




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