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October 13, 2022

News From the District: Congressman Trone Discusses Broadband Expansion and Health Care During District Tour


October 13, 2022

Contact: Sasha Galbreath, 

News From the District: Congressman Trone Discusses Broadband Expansion and Health Care During District Tour

Rep. Trone hosts a roundtable with NTIA Deputy Assistant Secretary April McClain-Delaney and government officials in Frederick to discuss investments in broadband

HAGERSTOWN, MD — This week, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) visited Frederick and Washington Counties to discuss the benefits of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), and the need for more mental health resources in Maryland.

On Tuesday, Trone stopped by Frederick for a tour of the Boys and Girls Club with April McClain-Delaney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). After the tour, the two hosted a roundtable to discuss the IIJA broadband funding coming to Maryland. Eleven percent of Maryland households lack access to high-speed, reliable internet, but thanks to the IIJA, which Trone voted for, more than $100 million will be used to expand broadband coverage across Maryland. Later in the day, Trone attended a roundtable with Senator Ben Cardin and Councilmember Jessica Fitzwater on the positive impacts the ARP has had on our health care system. The ARP continues to do what it promised: help our fellow Americans and build a better tomorrow.

On Wednesday, Trone visited Hagerstown to discuss America’s mental health crisis. In the morning, he toured Sheppard Pratt Health System to talk about his Community Project Funding (CPF) request to expand the clinic’s operations by tripling the number of providers. This expansion would allow Sheppard Pratt to increase its services from 133 patients a month to almost 600. Afterwards, Trone visited Brook Lane, a non-profit mental health facility, to learn more about their work with children, adolescents, and adults in Washington County. 

“I’m proud that in the last two years, we’ve been able to make once-in-a-generation investments in our nation’s infrastructure and health care system,” said Congressman David Trone. “With vital support from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the American Rescue Plan, we’re able to deliver high-speed internet to folks in underserved communities and recover from an unprecedented health crisis. In Congress, I will continue fighting to deliver resources where they’re needed most.” 

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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