ARLINGTON, Va. – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s joint address to Congress:
“A vibrant rural economy is critical to America’s success in the 21st century. Co-ops are proud to serve as the engines of economic development in their communities – providing the affordable and reliable power that drives innovation, expands opportunity, and empowers millions of families and businesses.
“Our members support the president’s focus on job creation and enhancing the American economy. Co-ops are answering that call – whether it’s bringing broadband to rural towns left behind by the digital age, partnering with local universities to train the next generation of lineworkers, or hiring highly skilled workers to operate 3-D printers and manufacture drones. We look forward to working with the new administration to advance our common goals and improve the lives of every rural American.
“Affordable and reliable power is fundamental to a successful economy. I applaud the president’s commitment to revisit regulations poised to increase costs for electric cooperatives and their consumer-owners. America’s electric cooperatives look forward to working with the administration on proposals that protect our environment and promote a healthy economy. We know that we can do both with the right policy approach.
“President Trump’s focus on the need to improve infrastructure is welcomed. We encourage the president and Congress to think beyond roads, bridges, and urban development projects when considering an infrastructure package. Any infrastructure package should address both rural and urban needs – and should prioritize expanded broadband access for rural America.”
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.