Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announces $3 million USDA investment in the Villages of Elizabeth and Woodhull

USDA Rural Development invests $3,298,000 of federal grants and loans in village water and wastewater infrastructure

WASHINGTON– Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced more than $3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program for the Villages of Elizabeth and Woodhull. These federal dollars are just part of USDA’s larger efforts to rebuild and improve water infrastructure for more than 936,000 Americans living in rural communities.

“As an advocate for rural America, I understand that modern water infrastructure is a necessity, not an amenity, for our communities to thrive,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “These job-creating Rural Development dollars will go a long way in giving small towns like ours an opportunity to grow and succeed.”

Specifically, the USDA is investing $1,198,000 in grants and $1,200,000 in loans in the Village of Woodhull to complete all water projects necessary to ensure the state can continue to provide its 811 residents with a sewer system that meets state environmental guidelines. The Village of Woodhull already received $3,372,000 in Water & Waste Disposal loans from the USDA.

The Village of Elizabeth is receiving $610,000 in grants and $290,000 in loans to construct a sewer main, lining and manhole, helping protect 361 residents in Elizabeth from documented health and safety hazards.

As a member of the House Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees in the House, Congresswoman Bustos is serving on the Farm Bill Conference Committee that is working to negotiate the final version of the Farm Bill. The House version, which passed with no Democratic votes, had a number of objectionable measures, including zeroing out mandatory funding for USDA Rural Development programs. The Senate version of the Farm Bill did not include this cut, and Congresswoman Bustos has been fighting to protect funding for programs like this.