October 21st Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Rural Development in 21st Century America

CARH’S BROADCAST E-MAIL – Legislative Update

October 19, 2015

UPDATE (October 21, 2015):  The hearing webcast can be found by clicking here.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., EST, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing to review “Rural Development in 21st Century America.” The hearing will be held in Room 192 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. At this time, it is unknown if the hearing will be recorded on video or audio only. However, the subcommittee website will have more information on the morning of the hearing.

Tony Chrisman, a CARH member and Vice President and Owner of Chrisman Development in Enterprise, Oregon, has been asked to testify by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee, on the ongoing Rental Assistance (RA) issues impacting rural housing. While the hearing will cover a myriad of issues impacting Rural Development, Mr. Chrisman’s testimony is important as Congress, together with CARH and the industry, try to develop solutions to the RA shortfall in FY 2016 and beyond. (For an update on the RA issue, please see CARH’s October 10, 2015 broadcast email.)

Currently, witness expected to testify are:


The Honorable Lisa Mensah
Under Secretary for Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mr. Tony Hernandez
Rural Housing Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mr. Samuel Rikkers
Acting Administrator
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mr. Brandon McBride
Rural Utilities Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Mr. Bill Simpson
Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
National Rural Water Association
Washington, DC

Mr. Stuart Lowry
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sunflower Electric Power Association
Hays, KS

Mr. Brian Boisvert
Chief Executive Officer and General Manager
Wilson Communications
Wilson, KS

Mr. Tony Chrisman
Vice President and Owner
Chrisman Development Inc.
Enterprise, OR

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact CARH at 703-837-9001 or carh@carh.org.

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