A $19 billion disaster aid bill has been circulating in Congress for weeks now, but America’s cities, towns and villages have yet to see any of the funds. Once signed, the bill would provide billions of dollars to help communities struggling to rebuild after a series of hurricanes, wildfires and destructive storms destroyed essential infrastructure.
What can help local governments finance critical new infrastructure, help cities better-weather a recession and save local taxpayer money? It’s not a miracle, nor is it a novel concept. Up until the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, municipalities were able to use a tool known as advance refunding bonds to
This coming Tuesday, the president will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Though it was delayed by a political impasse and a resulting shutdown of many parts of the federal government, this State of the Union speech comes at a particularly pivotal time in Washington. The address could
The longest partial government shutdown in history has ended, but its lasting consequences cannot be ignored.
The start of 2019 welcomed the 116th Congress to our nation’s capital and brought a renewed opportunity to make meaningful legislative gains on behalf of American communities and residents. Unfortunately, the federal government shutdown has dominated the policy conversations in Washington and caused a ripple of consequences across the country. The National League of Cities
Update: On Friday, January 25, President Trump and Congressional leaders announced a short-term agreement to reopen the federal government, ending the longest government shutdown in American history. Local leaders are encouraged that our federal partners are ready to put forward a bipartisan bill to end the government shutdown, but the damage has been done —
Unlike many other federal agencies, the U.S. Census Bureau has an unusual budget that waxes and wanes in 10-year intervals as it prepares for America’s largest domestic mobilization effort — the decennial census. While the Bureau typically survives government shutdowns with minimal long-term impacts, this particular shutdown comes right as the Bureau begins its final
Just last month, Congress passed an $867 reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which supports programs that have a significant impact on American communities through investment in rural development, promoting conservation efforts and supporting local food and nutrition programs. Chief among these food and nutrition programs is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program most
The White House and Congress have failed to reach an agreement on the seven remaining Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations spending bills. Effective midnight, Friday, December 21st, there is a partial federal government shutdown in effect. Earlier this week, the National League of Cities (NLC) called on federal leaders to do their jobs and find
This week, Congress sent the president a comprehensive bipartisan water infrastructure bill. America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021) passed the House by voice vote and passed the Senate by a vote of 99-1. In a tense political climate leading up to the mid-term elections, the strong support for the bill in both chambers shows that