8:43 PM EDT
John Garamendi, D-CA 3rd

Mr. GARAMENDI. I thank my friend from New York.

I thought it so very unfair that the majority party would be fighting this out without somebody from the minority party jumping in in opposition to the proposal.

I am delighted that the FCC has provided $400-plus million for what is a very essential service. I am also very happy that the Department of Agriculture continues with the program in which they have a unique ability to reach out to these rural communities. The Department of Agriculture has the men, the women and the organizational structure to provide direct access and direct service. Perhaps--just perhaps--the Department of Agriculture program, together with the FCC program, might actually get

the job done. It's very, very important.