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Counties play an instrumental role in the overall public administration and governance of federal, state and local policies, programs and services.

NACo supports federal policies and programs that equip county governments with the resources and flexibility needed to effectively serve our residents. NACo works to preserve local decision making and protect counties from unfunded mandates and preemption of local authority. Since counties implement many federal programs at the local level and must enforce many federal regulations, NACo encourages meaningful intergovernmental consultation with counties throughout all federal policy, program and regulatory development processes.

NACo Federal Policy Priorities

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2023–2024 American County Platform and Resolutions

The American County Platform is NACo’s permanent policy document, reflecting the philosophy and broad objectives of NACo’s membership.

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2024 Federal Policy Priorities

NACo supports federal policies and programs that equip county governments with the resources and flexibility needed to serve our residents effectively.

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Policy Briefs

Explore the updated legislative policy briefs for NACo's ten policy steering committees.

County Countdown

June 3, 2024

Every other week, NACo’s County Countdown reviews top federal policy advocacy items with an eye towards counties and the intergovernmental partnership.

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Featured This Week

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Advocacy

House, Senate Agriculture Committees release frameworks for 2024 Farm Bill Reauthorization

After months of negotiations and gridlock, lawmakers on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have released competing frameworks for the 2024 Farm Bill.

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Senate Rules Committee considers elections and AI legislation ahead of 2024 General Elections

Senate Rules Committee held business meeting on May 15 to markup and consider legislation on the role of artificial intelligence in elections.

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HUD issues proposed rule to modernize the HOME program

On May 29, HUD issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modernize the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and enable counties to implement funding more efficiently.

Advocacy Resources

Detailed analysis and customizable tools to support outreach on federal policy issues.

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Legislative Analysis for Counties: FY 2024 Appropriations

In March 2024, Congress passed and the president signed two Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 “minibus” appropriations bills to fund the federal government through September 30, 2024.

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Implementing Infrastructure Investments at the County Level: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (P.L. 117-58)

On November 15, 2021, President Biden enacted the five-year, $973 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, formally known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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Legislative Analysis: Impact of PFAS Regulations on Counties

NACo's PFAS toolkit provides the latest federal policy analysis

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Maximize Federal Investments

NACo Federal Funding Matrix

NACo is your voice in Washington. Our experts review federal funding opportunities for counties daily. Explore our interactive funding matrix to find support for your local priorities.

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Latest Policy Analysis

Counties are Key Intergovernmental Partners

Counties play an integral role in our nationsl intergovernmental system. Below, find resources to share with our federal partners and your members of Congress that highlight how we impact nearly every American every day.

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Policy Steering Committees

Caucuses

Ad Hoc & Task Force Committees

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Artificial Intelligence Exploratory Committee

NACo's AI Exploratory Committee covers emerging policies, practices and potential applications and consequences of Artificial Intelligence (AI), through the lens of county government governance, operations, constituent services, innovation, public trust, privacy, and security, and workforce productivity.

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Program

NACo Commission on Mental Health and Wellbeing

Launched in February 2023, the NACo Commission on Mental Health and Wellbeing brings together county leaders from across the nation to take action to address the ever-growing mental health crisis from the county government perspective.

Legislative Analysis

Stay up to date on recent legislative proposals with county highlights.

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Legislative Analysis for Counties: FY 2024 Appropriations

In March 2024, Congress passed and the president signed two Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 “minibus” appropriations bills to fund the federal government through September 30, 2024.

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Legislative Analysis for Counties: H.R. 3935, the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act

In June 2023, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Congressional committees with jurisdiction over aviation introduced bipartisan versions of bills that would reauthorize funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.

Advocacy Toolkits

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County Election Administration Federal Advocacy Toolkit

The nation’s 3,069 counties traditionally administer and fund elections at the local level, including overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers for federal, state and local elections.

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Toolkit for Counties: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The nationwide transition to 988 on July 16, 2022 provides an easier way for people experiencing mental distress to access the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This page features resources to help county leaders support the 988 transition and leverage this opportunity to expand access to behavioral health care for all community members.