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The Deal is Done: How Much Can Cities Expect from the 3rd Coronavirus Package?

Today, Congress passed and the President signed the CARES Act, which, among many things, provides local governments funding to meet the immediate needs of residents, households, and small businesses on the economic margins. The Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the CARES Act, provides $150 billion for state, local and tribal governments to use to cover

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Senators Propose Using Satellite Auction Funds on Broadband Infrastructure

Senator John Kennedy (R-La.), along with Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have introduced legislation to spend part of the anticipated revenues from auctions of the spectrum currently used by satellite companies. The spectrum, known as the C-band, is expected to be reallocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide airwaves for

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House and Senate Introduce Bill to Protect PEG Stations

Members of the House and Senate, led by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) have introduced the “Protecting Community Television Act (S. 3218/H.R. 5659),” which is intended to preserve local cable franchises by clarifying the statutory definition of a franchise fee. This bill was introduced with the endorsement of the National League

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House Introduces CLEAN Future Act

2020 is a benchmark year for attaining sustainability and climate goals. Last week, House Energy and Commerce Democrats released a legislative framework for addressing climate change through economy-wide solutions, including the power sector, buildings, transportation, and industry. In July 2019, the Committee adopted the ambitious goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The

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House Passes Legislation to Address PFAS Contamination

Last year, as Congressional action on PFAS drinking water contamination stalled, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) vowed to bring a standalone package to the House floor in January. Last week, he made good on that promise and the House passed the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535), by a bipartisan vote of 247-159. The bill would

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Congress Closes 2019 With a Flurry of Activity 

Before leaving Washington for the holidays, Congress made headlines with an agreement to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020 and avert a shutdown. However, the federal government also completed a large amount of legislative and regulatory activity that you may have missed. Congress slipped a tax-extenders bill into its FY2020 spending

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What’s Holding up a $19 Billion Disaster Aid Bill?

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.

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What Cities Want to Hear in the State of the Union Address

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

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Senate Passes Third Opioid Crisis Funding Package

With seven legislative days remaining in the Fiscal Year 2018 calendar, the U.S. Senate last night passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act in a nearly unanimous 99-1 vote. This action by the Senate comes almost exactly two months after the U.S. House of Representatives considered 70 opioid-related bills in an unprecedented effort. Both votes signal

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Congress Passed the Banking Bill. Here’s What City Leaders Need to Know.

In the wake of the Great Recession, there was broad consensus that Congress and bank regulators needed to take measures to ensure the largest banks in the country, those deemed systemically important financial institutions (or SIFIs), were safeguarding themselves and the role they play in the national economy from dangerous levels of risk. On July

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