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September 27
SRS Extension Moves One Step Closer to President’s Desk
Following a 97-2 vote in the Senate last week, the House of Representatives voted unanimously on Sept. 26 to approve the Helium Stewardship Act (H.R. 527). The measure, which would avert a disruption in the sale of U.S. Helium reserves, also includes a provision that extends the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) funding for an additional year.  

The extension of SRS will avert dramatic budgetary shortfalls in forest counties nationwide. Continued funding would ensure that students receive essential education services and that counties have funding for roads, conservation projects, search and rescue missions, and fire prevention programs. 

Per language in the legislation, counties must elect to receive a share of the state payment or a share of the state’s 25 percent payment, and elect the share between titles I, II, and III of the state payment. The USDA Forest Service will soon be issuing guidance related to deadlines for making county elections. 

While NACo applauds congressional action to avert a disruption in SRS dollars to forested communities, counties nationwide look to Congress to support a long-term legislative solution which couples payments to counties and active natural resource management to provide economic stability to forest counties and communities.

Contact: Ryan Yates at ryates@naco.org or 202.942.4207

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