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H.R. 1651: RE-VAC Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 8, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1651

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 8, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

A BILL

To authorize assistance to be provided under certain rural development programs for the establishment or expansion of animal care facilities or veterinary practices in rural areas.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Returning Essential Rural Veterinary Animal Care Act or the RE–VAC Act.

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Authority for assistance to be provided under certain rural development programs for the establishment or expansion of animal care facilities or veterinary practices in rural areas

(a)

Community facilities loans and grants

Section 306(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1926(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(27)

Community facility direct loans and grants for establishment or expansion of animal care facilities or veterinary practices in rural areas

The Secretary may provide community facility direct loans and grants under paragraphs (1), (19), (20), and (21) for the establishment or expansion of an animal care facility or a veterinary practice in a rural area. The Secretary may not deny such a loan or grant to an entity otherwise eligible for the loan or grant on the basis that any facility constructed using the loan or grant will be used by a for-profit entity.

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(b)

Rural economic development loans and grants

Section 313B(a) of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 940c–2(a)) is amended by at the end the following: A project designed to establish or expand an animal care facility or a veterinary practice in a rural area shall be eligible for a grant or loan under this section. The Secretary may not deny such a grant or loan to an entity otherwise eligible for the grant or loan on the basis that any facility constructed using the grant or loan will be used by a for-profit entity..