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November 08
​Work Continues on Budget Conference Negotiations

 Despite the fact that House and Senate budget conferees will not meet again until after the lower chamber returns from recess on November 12, discussions on a potential budget deal have continued behind closed doors. The conferees held their first meeting on October 30 and will convene again on November 13. Under the deal reached to end the government shutdown, conferees are expected to reach an agreement by December 13.

This week, NACo legislative staff continued meetings with the 29 House and Senate conferees to discuss priorities and concerns within the budget negotiations. NACo priorities and concerns continue to include:

  • Overall reductions in domestic discretionary spending
  • Potential changes to Medicaid that could impose cost shifts to counties
  • Changes to the tax code, such as the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds, that would increase borrowing costs for state and local governments and risk slowing investments in vital infrastructure

Contact: Mike Belarmino at or 202.942.4254​


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