Funding the $1 trillion infrastructure bill


Funding the $1 trillion infrastructure bill

A leader with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says there are some concerns about funding the $1 trillion infrastructure package.

Allison Rivera, executive director of government affairs, says NCBA wants to ensure “that we’re not paying for this infrastructure package on the backs of farmers and ranchers. That’s something we will continue to keep a close eye on. This is a step in the right direction but we’re certainly not across the finish line yet.”

The bipartisan infrastructure bill passed the Senate Tuesday and now heads to the House for consideration.

Rivera says now is the time for cattle producers to contact lawmakers as they prepare for a district work period.

“Your members of Congress are going to be back home so make sure you’re talking to them about this infrastructure package and other issues that are of concern to you,” she says.  

The bill includes $65 billion to expand broadband access. Rivera says this is good news for the cattle industry.

“They need to be able to work at the speed of commerce to get things done, make deals, and watch markets. A producer recently said to me ‘I want to be able to get work done from the cab of my tractor. I don’t want to have to get out, get into my truck, and drive back to my office just to send an email and get some work done,’” she says. “We’re going to pay close attention to this language that’s in the infrastructure package, but we’re pleased to see funding to expand rural broadband and high-speed connectivity into rural America. “

Brownfield interviewed Rivera during the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Audio: Allison Rivera