Members of the Congressional Rural Caucus sent President Barack Obama a letter urging him to establish a White House Office of Rural Policy. The members said, “The unique policy matters faced in rural America include, but are not limited to, specific concerns regarding ag, conservation, economic development, education, health care, info technology, and transportation infrastructure, among others. We're sure your administration would benefit from an office devoted to the effect of federal regulations on rural Americans and our communities.” The caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS) and Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE).