Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) recently introduced the LOCAL Infrastructure Act, which would amend the federal tax code to restore state and local governments’ ability to use advance refunding to manage bond debt and reduce borrowing costs for public projects. To learn more about the bill, click here.
NATaT joined hundreds of organizations in a letter to Congress endorsing budget reconciliation language that provides $350 billion in flexible aid to local governments reeling from the effects of the pandemic. The organizations encouraged the House and Senate to “swiftly pass this urgently needed aid.” Click here for the letter.
Iowa Third District Congresswoman Cindy Axne recently introduced a bill that would support rural businesses by providing up to nine months of USDA loan relief. The Rural Equal Aid Act has the support of several organizations including the National Association of Towns and Townships. Click here for the story.
NATaT is a member of the Rebuild Rural Coalition that sent a letter to the Biden Administration addressing the needs of rural America in any upcoming infrastructure legislative proposals. More than 250 organizations signed the letter, which highlights the need for federal investment in rural transportation networks, electrical and water systems, and broadband infrastructure, among[…]
NATaT released its 2021 NATaT Policy Platform. It details its policy and funding priorities on infrastructure, taxes, regulations, and other issues before the federal government.
On December 21, 2020, Congress approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133), which includes $1.4 trillion in annual appropriations for the federal government. In addition to providing FY2021 appropriations, H.R. 133 includes a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package; the Water Resources Development Act of 2020; extensions of certain tax breaks; energy provisions; legislation[…]
On December 21, 2020, congressional leaders released the 5,593-page text of the final $900 billion COVID relief package along with the $1.4 trillion FY2021 Appropriations package and the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 (H.R. 133). NATaT published the following brief that provides additional details on the congressional action.
On behalf of the more than 10,000 towns and townships across the country, NATaT urged Congressional Leaders to extend the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) deadline for one year to December 31, 2021; enhance flexibility for CRF to allow funds to replace lost revenue; expand the Paycheck Protection Program to include all 501(c) non-profit organizations; and[…]
NATaT released a Special Report providing insight and analysis of the upcoming Congressional lame duck session in November and December, and an overview of the November 3, 2020 election results.
On July 1, the House passed 233-188 the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package that will create millions of jobs, take bold action on the climate crisis, and address disparities in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the country. NATaT published a Special Report that covers areas of importance in the package to[…]