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    Federal Transportation & Infrastructure Policy Hub for Counties

    THE COUNTY ROLE IN TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

    Jump to Section
    • Timeline
    • The American Jobs Plan
    • Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act
    • Comparing Federal Infrastructure Proposals
    • State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act
    • Surface Transportation Reauthorization
    • Legislative Status
    • Resources to Take Action
    • Related Resources

    Counties play a critical role in the nation’s transportation and infrastructure system, owning 44 percent of all public roads and nearly 40 percent of the National Bridge Inventory. Simultaneously, counties are tasked with directly supporting 78 percent of public transit systems and 34 percent of public airports that connect residents, communities and businesses with the national and global economies. Each year, counties invest roughly $134 billion in constructing infrastructure and maintaining and operating public works.

    In the 117th Congress, there is renewed bipartisan interest from both Congress and the White House to make historic investments in America’s transportation and infrastructure systems. Currently, there are several moving pieces related to an infrastructure package and surface transportation reauthorization bill. This advocacy toolkit provides the information, tools and resources necessary for counties to understand current infrastructure negotiations on Capitol Hill and to advocate for the inclusion of county priorities in any final infrastructure package or surface transportation reauthorization.

    URGE YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES IN A FUTURE COMPREHENSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PACAKGE OR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION

     

    Counties own and maintain 44 percent of America's road miles

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    Counties own and maintain 38 percent of bridges

    View chart

     

    COUNTY PRIORITES 

    America’s counties should be recognized as major owners of transportation and infrastructure in any final comprehensive infrastructure package or surface transportation reauthorization. Within a new infrastructure package, NACo believes that a user-pay approach should continue to be the cornerstone of federal transportation funding and that federal policy should provide counties the flexibility to use additional financing tools. As Congress negotiates infrastructure legislation, key county priorities should be considered, including: 

    • Establishing certainty through a long-term surface transportation reauthorization that strengthens the intergovernmental partnership and preserves local decision-making
    • Allocating funds directly to local infrastructure and ensuring the eligibility of local bridges in new and existing programs 
    • Streamlining the federal permitting process
    • Returning long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund
    • Preserving the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds 
    • Providing an environment for innovative financing, but not in lieu of direct funding streams
    • Investing in broadband deployment and development to provide unserved and underserved communities access to high speed internet
    • Improving local resiliency by providing increased investment in disaster mitigation and response grants

    TIMELINE

    March 31, 2021

    President Biden introduces the American Jobs Plan, a $2.3 trillion investment in a variety of infrastructure sectors

    May 26, 2021

    The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee unanimously passes S. 1931, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act (STRA-21), a $311 billion investment in highways, roads and bridges for FY 2022 to FY 2026

    June 10, 2021

    The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee passes H.R. 3684, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, a $579 billion surface transportation reauthorization for FY 2022 to FY 2026 along mostly party lines

    June 16, 2021

    S. 2016, the Surface Transportation Investment Act, a five-year, $78 billion rail and safety title for the Senate’s reauthorization bill, passes the Senate Commerce Committee nearly unanimously

    June 24, 2021

    President Biden and a bipartisan group of ten Senators agree to an infrastructure framework that would invest $973 billion in physical infrastructure over five years, including $550 billion in new spending 

    July 1, 2021

    The INVEST in America Act, including new water infrastructure provisions for a total of $715 billion, passes along mostly party lines in the full U.S. House of Representatives

    August 1, 2021

    Majority Leader Schumer unveils the final legislative text of the infrastructure compromise, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

    August 10, 2021

    The U.S. Senate passes the IIJA in a bipartisan vote of 69-30

    October 28, 2021

    U.S. Congress passes a third extension of the surface transportation law, P.L. 114-94, the Fixing  America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, through December 3 

    November 5, 2021

    The U.S. House of Representatives passes IIJA in a vote of 228 to 206

    November 15, 2021

    President Biden signs the IIJA into law 

    THE AMERICAN JOBS PLAN

    On March 31, President Biden unveiled the American Jobs Plan (AJP), a $2.3 trillion investment to modernize the nation’s infrastructure. The plan requests funding for a wide array of infrastructure projects ranging beyond traditional transportation efforts to workforce development and manufacturing to broadband expansion to housing. Alongside the AJP, President Biden also released his Made in America Tax Plan, which outlines changes to the federal tax code intended to fully offset the spending in the AJP over 15 years.

    AJP funding is broken down as follows:

    View Chart

    Source: AJP

    The AJP includes several provisions with the potential to impact America’s counties, parishes and boroughs. For a detailed list of these provisions, please view NACo’s AJP executive summary.

    For transportation and resilient infrastructure projects, the AJP proposes a $621 billion investment broken down as follows:

    View Chart

    Source: AJP

    INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT & JOBS ACT

    On November 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, in a vote of 228 to 206. This historic accomplishment follows the U.S. Senate's bipartisan vote to advance the legislation in early August. This legislation will now go to President Biden's desk to be signed into law.  

    The Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides $973 billion over five years from FY 2022 through FY 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for all modes of transportation, water, power and energy, environmental remediation, public lands, broadband and resilience. In addition to providing authorizations for a number of programs, IIJA would also make supplemental appropriations to several federal agencies including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy and the Envrionmental Protection Agency, among others.

    IIJA by the Numbers ($ billions)
    Click here

    Sectors addressed in IIJA include:

    • Transportation: $284 billion
    • Water: $55 billion
    • Broadband: $65 billion
    • Energy & Power: $73 billion
    • Environmental remediation: $21 billion
    • Western water infrastructure: $8.3 billion
    • Resiliency: $46 billion

    IIJA will direct $284 billion in above-baseline spending toward all modes of transportation and $266 billion to other infrastructure sectors. As is the case in the American Jobs Plan and past proposals from Senate Republicans, IIJA directs most of its investments – nearly 52 percent – toward modernizing and making improvements to transportation infrastructure, with the majority of funding for highways, roads and bridges. Investments would be broken down as follows:

    • Roads & Bridges: $110 billion
    • Transit: $39 billion
    • Rail: $66 billion
    • Safety: $11 billion
    • Airports: $25 billion
    • Ports & Waterways: $17 billion
    • Electric vehicle chargers: $7.5 billion
    • Electric buses: $7.5 billion
    • Reconnecting Communities: $1 billion
    For a further breakdown of the IIJA, visit the Legislative Analysis page. 

     

    IIJA Transportation Funds

    View link

    COMPARING FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSALS

    The bipartisan framework was ultimately a compromise borne out of proposals from the Biden Administration and Senate Republicans. The compromise stacks up next to the two initial plans in the following ways:

    Comparing Investments: Federal Infrastructure Proposals

    (Numbers in Billions)

    View link

    State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act

    On October 19, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act (S. 3011/H.R. 5735). This legislation would provide additional flexibility for the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund) authorized under the American Rescue Plant Act (ARPA).

    Companion legislation (H.R. 5735) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, where it currently awaits a vote. If enacted, the bill would allow counties nationwide to utilize roughly $27 billion for new transportation and infrastructure projects and over $17 billion for U.S. Treasury-defined government services.

    The Recovery Fund, which NACo helped develop and strongly advocated for its passage, is a historic investment in our nation’s counties. These funds provide direct, flexible aid to every county, parish and borough in America. The legislation would strengthen the Recovery Fund by providing counties with the flexibility to invest funds in transportation, infrastructure and other critical government services.

    For a further breakdown of S. 3011/H.R. 5735, including projected county-by-county flexibilities, visit the Legislative Analysis page.

    SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION

    What is a surface transportation authorization?

    Surface transportation authorizations are congressionally developed pieces of legislation that, once enacted into law, provide legal authority for the federal government to fund surface transportation programs that facilitate the operation of highway, bridge, transit, rail and safety systems. Administered through various sub-administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), these programs provide critical funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure network through both direct and indirect funding streams to state and local governments. In addition to funding, these pieces of legislation are typically authorized over five years, providing counties the long-term certainty they need to plan and execute transportation projects vital to local communities.

    What does it mean for counties?

    Counties play an extremely important role in our nation’s transportation and infrastructure networks, owning more roads and bridges than any other entity, while also directly supporting the vast majority of public transit systems. Resources authorized by this legislation support local, regional, state and federal transportation projects, making these programs and the funding and financing opportunities they provide critical for counties who are charged with maintaining a vast amount of America’s roadways, as well as the country’s larger infrastructure network. Through competitive grant processes, formulas, sub-allocations and set-asides, federal funds and financing programs authorized by surface transportation reauthorizations flow to counties in a variety of ways. As major owners and operators of America’s infrastructure, counties are in need of consistent and reliable support from our state and federal partners, which can be provided for through the enactment of a long-term surface transportation reauthorization. 

    What is the current landscape?

    The IIJA contains a new, five-year surface transportation reauthorization through FY 2026. This legislation increases surface transportation funding by over 56 percent to $476.89 billion over five years (FY 2022 - FY 2026). In comparison, the previous transportation law, P.L. 114-94, the Fixing  America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, provided $305 billion over five years (FY 2016 - FY 2020). 

    LEGISLATIVE STATUS

    H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) 
    The IIJA is a bipartisan infrastructure package that would provide $973 billion over five years from FY 2022 through FY 2026 for a variety of infrastructure sectors. It currently awaits a vote in the House, where it is expected to be considered on October 31. View NACo's comprehensive analysis of the IIJA here.

      House Introduced House Committee Passage House Passage Senate Introduced Senate Committee Passage Senate Passage Resolving Differences Final Passage
    H.R. 3684

    H.R. 5376, the Build Better Back Act (BBBA)
    The BBBA is the Congressional majority's FY 2022 reconciliation package, totaled at $3.5 trillion upon its passage of the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would address many of the social provisions outlined in President Biden's American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate are currently negotiating over the final price tag and which programs to include.

      House Introduced House Committee Passage House Passage Senate Introduced Senate Committee Passage Senate Passage Final Passage
    H.R. 5376

    S. 3011/H.R. 5735, the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act
    S. 3011 unanimously passed the U.S. Senate on October 19. This legislation would provide state and local governments considerable flexibility to use direct American Resuce Plan funds on transportation and infrastructure projects.

      Senate Introduced Senate Passage House Introduced House Passage Final Passage
    S. 3011

    TAKE ACTION TODAY

    TALKING POINTS

    Counties play a critical role in the nation’s transportation system, owning 44 percent of all public roads and building and maintaining 38 percent of the National Bridge Inventory.

    Counties directly support 78 percent of all public transit agencies and 34 percent of all public airports that connect residents, communities and businesses with the global economy.

    Any new infrastructure legislation should accomplish the following goals:

    • Dedicated funding for locally owned infrastructure
    • A strong federal-state-local intergovernmental partnerships that maintains local decision-making
    • Streamlining the federal permitting process
    • Preserving the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds and supporting innovative financing methods
    • Bringing long-term certainty and solvency to the federal Highway Trust Fund

    POLICY BRIEFS

    • Support County Priorities in Any New Federal Infrastructure Package
    • NACo Analysis: Senate Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act
    • The County Role in Infrastructure One-Pager
    • National Bridge Inventory One-Pager

    COUNTY EXPLORER TOOL

    • Use NACo’s County Explorer Tool to learn more about county-owned infrastructure at the local level

    COMMITTEES OF JURSIDICTION

    • U.S House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • U.S. House Committee on Way and Means
    • U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
    • U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
    • U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

    *Find your representative here.

    This advocacy toolkit provides the information, tools and resources necessary for counties to understand current infrastructure negotiations on Capitol Hill and to advocate for the inclusion of county priorities in any final infrastructure package or surface transportation reauthorization.
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THE COUNTY ROLE IN TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

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Counties play a critical role in the nation’s transportation and infrastructure system, owning 44 percent of all public roads and nearly 40 percent of the National Bridge Inventory. Simultaneously, counties are tasked with directly supporting 78 percent of public transit systems and 34 percent of public airports that connect residents, communities and businesses with the national and global economies. Each year, counties invest roughly $134 billion in constructing infrastructure and maintaining and operating public works.

In the 117th Congress, there is renewed bipartisan interest from both Congress and the White House to make historic investments in America’s transportation and infrastructure systems. Currently, there are several moving pieces related to an infrastructure package and surface transportation reauthorization bill. This advocacy toolkit provides the information, tools and resources necessary for counties to understand current infrastructure negotiations on Capitol Hill and to advocate for the inclusion of county priorities in any final infrastructure package or surface transportation reauthorization.

URGE YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES IN A FUTURE COMPREHENSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PACAKGE OR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION

 

Counties own and maintain 44 percent of America's road miles

View chart

Counties own and maintain 38 percent of bridges

View chart

 

COUNTY PRIORITES 

America’s counties should be recognized as major owners of transportation and infrastructure in any final comprehensive infrastructure package or surface transportation reauthorization. Within a new infrastructure package, NACo believes that a user-pay approach should continue to be the cornerstone of federal transportation funding and that federal policy should provide counties the flexibility to use additional financing tools. As Congress negotiates infrastructure legislation, key county priorities should be considered, including: 

  • Establishing certainty through a long-term surface transportation reauthorization that strengthens the intergovernmental partnership and preserves local decision-making
  • Allocating funds directly to local infrastructure and ensuring the eligibility of local bridges in new and existing programs 
  • Streamlining the federal permitting process
  • Returning long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund
  • Preserving the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds 
  • Providing an environment for innovative financing, but not in lieu of direct funding streams
  • Investing in broadband deployment and development to provide unserved and underserved communities access to high speed internet
  • Improving local resiliency by providing increased investment in disaster mitigation and response grants

TIMELINE

March 31, 2021

President Biden introduces the American Jobs Plan, a $2.3 trillion investment in a variety of infrastructure sectors

May 26, 2021

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee unanimously passes S. 1931, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act (STRA-21), a $311 billion investment in highways, roads and bridges for FY 2022 to FY 2026

June 10, 2021

The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee passes H.R. 3684, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, a $579 billion surface transportation reauthorization for FY 2022 to FY 2026 along mostly party lines

June 16, 2021

S. 2016, the Surface Transportation Investment Act, a five-year, $78 billion rail and safety title for the Senate’s reauthorization bill, passes the Senate Commerce Committee nearly unanimously

June 24, 2021

President Biden and a bipartisan group of ten Senators agree to an infrastructure framework that would invest $973 billion in physical infrastructure over five years, including $550 billion in new spending 

July 1, 2021

The INVEST in America Act, including new water infrastructure provisions for a total of $715 billion, passes along mostly party lines in the full U.S. House of Representatives

August 1, 2021

Majority Leader Schumer unveils the final legislative text of the infrastructure compromise, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

August 10, 2021

The U.S. Senate passes the IIJA in a bipartisan vote of 69-30

October 28, 2021

U.S. Congress passes a third extension of the surface transportation law, P.L. 114-94, the Fixing  America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, through December 3 

November 5, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives passes IIJA in a vote of 228 to 206

November 15, 2021

President Biden signs the IIJA into law 

THE AMERICAN JOBS PLAN

On March 31, President Biden unveiled the American Jobs Plan (AJP), a $2.3 trillion investment to modernize the nation’s infrastructure. The plan requests funding for a wide array of infrastructure projects ranging beyond traditional transportation efforts to workforce development and manufacturing to broadband expansion to housing. Alongside the AJP, President Biden also released his Made in America Tax Plan, which outlines changes to the federal tax code intended to fully offset the spending in the AJP over 15 years.

AJP funding is broken down as follows:

View Chart

Source: AJP

The AJP includes several provisions with the potential to impact America’s counties, parishes and boroughs. For a detailed list of these provisions, please view NACo’s AJP executive summary.

For transportation and resilient infrastructure projects, the AJP proposes a $621 billion investment broken down as follows:

View Chart

Source: AJP

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT & JOBS ACT

On November 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, in a vote of 228 to 206. This historic accomplishment follows the U.S. Senate's bipartisan vote to advance the legislation in early August. This legislation will now go to President Biden's desk to be signed into law.  

The Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides $973 billion over five years from FY 2022 through FY 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for all modes of transportation, water, power and energy, environmental remediation, public lands, broadband and resilience. In addition to providing authorizations for a number of programs, IIJA would also make supplemental appropriations to several federal agencies including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy and the Envrionmental Protection Agency, among others.

IIJA by the Numbers ($ billions)
Click here

Sectors addressed in IIJA include:

  • Transportation: $284 billion
  • Water: $55 billion
  • Broadband: $65 billion
  • Energy & Power: $73 billion
  • Environmental remediation: $21 billion
  • Western water infrastructure: $8.3 billion
  • Resiliency: $46 billion

IIJA will direct $284 billion in above-baseline spending toward all modes of transportation and $266 billion to other infrastructure sectors. As is the case in the American Jobs Plan and past proposals from Senate Republicans, IIJA directs most of its investments – nearly 52 percent – toward modernizing and making improvements to transportation infrastructure, with the majority of funding for highways, roads and bridges. Investments would be broken down as follows:

  • Roads & Bridges: $110 billion
  • Transit: $39 billion
  • Rail: $66 billion
  • Safety: $11 billion
  • Airports: $25 billion
  • Ports & Waterways: $17 billion
  • Electric vehicle chargers: $7.5 billion
  • Electric buses: $7.5 billion
  • Reconnecting Communities: $1 billion
For a further breakdown of the IIJA, visit the Legislative Analysis page. 

 

IIJA Transportation Funds

View link

COMPARING FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSALS

The bipartisan framework was ultimately a compromise borne out of proposals from the Biden Administration and Senate Republicans. The compromise stacks up next to the two initial plans in the following ways:

Comparing Investments: Federal Infrastructure Proposals

(Numbers in Billions)

View link

State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act

On October 19, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act (S. 3011/H.R. 5735). This legislation would provide additional flexibility for the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund) authorized under the American Rescue Plant Act (ARPA).

Companion legislation (H.R. 5735) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, where it currently awaits a vote. If enacted, the bill would allow counties nationwide to utilize roughly $27 billion for new transportation and infrastructure projects and over $17 billion for U.S. Treasury-defined government services.

The Recovery Fund, which NACo helped develop and strongly advocated for its passage, is a historic investment in our nation’s counties. These funds provide direct, flexible aid to every county, parish and borough in America. The legislation would strengthen the Recovery Fund by providing counties with the flexibility to invest funds in transportation, infrastructure and other critical government services.

For a further breakdown of S. 3011/H.R. 5735, including projected county-by-county flexibilities, visit the Legislative Analysis page.

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION

What is a surface transportation authorization?

Surface transportation authorizations are congressionally developed pieces of legislation that, once enacted into law, provide legal authority for the federal government to fund surface transportation programs that facilitate the operation of highway, bridge, transit, rail and safety systems. Administered through various sub-administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), these programs provide critical funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure network through both direct and indirect funding streams to state and local governments. In addition to funding, these pieces of legislation are typically authorized over five years, providing counties the long-term certainty they need to plan and execute transportation projects vital to local communities.

What does it mean for counties?

Counties play an extremely important role in our nation’s transportation and infrastructure networks, owning more roads and bridges than any other entity, while also directly supporting the vast majority of public transit systems. Resources authorized by this legislation support local, regional, state and federal transportation projects, making these programs and the funding and financing opportunities they provide critical for counties who are charged with maintaining a vast amount of America’s roadways, as well as the country’s larger infrastructure network. Through competitive grant processes, formulas, sub-allocations and set-asides, federal funds and financing programs authorized by surface transportation reauthorizations flow to counties in a variety of ways. As major owners and operators of America’s infrastructure, counties are in need of consistent and reliable support from our state and federal partners, which can be provided for through the enactment of a long-term surface transportation reauthorization. 

What is the current landscape?

The IIJA contains a new, five-year surface transportation reauthorization through FY 2026. This legislation increases surface transportation funding by over 56 percent to $476.89 billion over five years (FY 2022 - FY 2026). In comparison, the previous transportation law, P.L. 114-94, the Fixing  America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, provided $305 billion over five years (FY 2016 - FY 2020). 

LEGISLATIVE STATUS

H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) 
The IIJA is a bipartisan infrastructure package that would provide $973 billion over five years from FY 2022 through FY 2026 for a variety of infrastructure sectors. It currently awaits a vote in the House, where it is expected to be considered on October 31. View NACo's comprehensive analysis of the IIJA here.

  House Introduced House Committee Passage House Passage Senate Introduced Senate Committee Passage Senate Passage Resolving Differences Final Passage
H.R. 3684

H.R. 5376, the Build Better Back Act (BBBA)
The BBBA is the Congressional majority's FY 2022 reconciliation package, totaled at $3.5 trillion upon its passage of the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would address many of the social provisions outlined in President Biden's American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate are currently negotiating over the final price tag and which programs to include.

  House Introduced House Committee Passage House Passage Senate Introduced Senate Committee Passage Senate Passage Final Passage
H.R. 5376

S. 3011/H.R. 5735, the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act
S. 3011 unanimously passed the U.S. Senate on October 19. This legislation would provide state and local governments considerable flexibility to use direct American Resuce Plan funds on transportation and infrastructure projects.

  Senate Introduced Senate Passage House Introduced House Passage Final Passage
S. 3011

TAKE ACTION TODAY

TALKING POINTS

Counties play a critical role in the nation’s transportation system, owning 44 percent of all public roads and building and maintaining 38 percent of the National Bridge Inventory.

Counties directly support 78 percent of all public transit agencies and 34 percent of all public airports that connect residents, communities and businesses with the global economy.

Any new infrastructure legislation should accomplish the following goals:

  • Dedicated funding for locally owned infrastructure
  • A strong federal-state-local intergovernmental partnerships that maintains local decision-making
  • Streamlining the federal permitting process
  • Preserving the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds and supporting innovative financing methods
  • Bringing long-term certainty and solvency to the federal Highway Trust Fund

POLICY BRIEFS

COUNTY EXPLORER TOOL

  • Use NACo’s County Explorer Tool to learn more about county-owned infrastructure at the local level

COMMITTEES OF JURSIDICTION

*Find your representative here.

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About Jessica Jennings (Full Bio)

Associate Legislative Director – Transportation and Infrastructure; Liaison to the Rural Action Caucus

Jessica serves as associate legislative director for transportation and infrastructure. In this role, Jessica staffs NACo’s Transportation Policy Steering Committee and works with county officials from across the nation to set organizational priorities and policies for transportation and infrastructure issues that affect local governments.

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