[Congressional Record Volume 147, Number 17 (Wednesday, February 7, 2001)]
[Page H204]
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  (Mr. MORAN of Kansas asked and was given permission to address the 
House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. MORAN of Kansas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to join the gentleman 
from North Carolina (Mr. McIntyre) in highlighting the importance of a 
caucus here in this Congress, the Rural Health Care Coalition. It is a 
group of us, 160 strong, both Republicans and Democrats, who have come 
together to advance the cause on behalf of rural America and to make 
certain that our constituents, our citizens across this country, can 
access health care, regardless of where they live.
  I would encourage my colleagues, the new Members of Congress and 
those who have not considered belonging to our organization, to do so, 
for the purpose of educating ourselves, advocating our positions with 
other Members of Congress and leveraging our votes.
  We would encourage our urban colleagues to join us as well, because 
many of them have very similar issues, as our constituents try to 
obtain the health care necessary.
  I commend the gentleman from Iowa (Mr. Nussle) and thank him for his 
leadership of this organization over the last 2 years and look forward 
to working with my colleague from North Carolina for the next two.