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Rural Matters

Apr 18, 2022

In our second bonus brief episode of 2022, Michelle is joined by former New Orleans Mayor, and current Biden Administration Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu to discuss how the President’s $1.2 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help rebuild rural America. 

Mitch and Michelle begin their discussion by commenting on the poor conditions of America’s rural infrastructure, and how President Biden is keeping his promise to rural Americans to help rebuild. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill has money allotted to assist rural communities with clean drinking water, fixing roads and bridges, increasing broadband internet access, modern wastewater systems, EV charging stations, and affordable electricity.

“You want to design systems that are designed to make people healthy and happy, and bring them together… The President wants to make sure that everybody in rural America knows, not only that he sees them, but that he made a promise to invest in rural America and he is delivering on that promise,’ said Landrieu.

Mitch also discussed the Biden Administration’s Rural Toolkit, which lets people know what programs there are, how much is in them, how to get them, and how to access them. You can find the Rural Toolkit at

Lastly, Michelle and Mitch discussed the Biden’s Administration's focus on fixing transportation in rural America by repairing 15,000 rural bridges, considering public transportation needs, and focusing on high-speed rails connecting communities.  

If you want to listen to our last Bonus Brief with Biden Administration Deputy Secretary Don Graves, click here!