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Coalition of Organizations Representing Public and Private Sectors Sends Letter to House Leaders Urging Swift Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Increase Flexibility for American Rescue Plan Act Funds

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    Coalition of Organizations Representing Public and Private Sectors Sends Letter to House Leaders Urging Swift Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Increase Flexibility for American Rescue Plan Act Funds

    WASHINGTON – A coalition of organizations representing both the public and private sectors, headed by the National Association of Counties (NACo), today sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy calling for the passage of the bipartisan State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act (S. 3011/H.R. 5735). The bill, unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate, would provide recipients of the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund with the flexibility to invest a portion of this critical aid in transportation, infrastructure and government services, and ensure recipients can fulfill the Congressional intent of the ARPA.

    An excerpt from the letter reads:

    The State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act will build on the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) by giving state and local governments the flexibility to use ARPA funds to invest in infrastructure immediately while the IIJA is implemented over the next several years.

    “This legislation would ensure that state and local governments, which collectively own nearly 100 percent of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, can meet their responsibilities to the nation as intergovernmental partners. These responsibilities include significant public infrastructure leadership, including owning, operating and maintaining public roads, bridges and our nation’s public transit systems, and providing government services such as public health, justice, human services, and safety.

    “Passage of this legislation – a bipartisan compromise that unanimously passed the U.S. Senate – is key to successfully achieving our shared goals of helping our residents thrive. This new legislation would provide much-needed flexibility in state and local ARPA funds and would neither mandate funds be used in any particular way nor increase overall federal appropriations. This bill would also cap infrastructure investments to ensure funds are not diverted from the ongoing public health emergency.”

    Read the full letter, signed by the below organizations, here.

    National Association of Counties

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

    American Bus Association

    American Council of Engineering Companies

    American Foundry Society

    American Highway Users Alliance

    American Public Transportation Association

    American Public Works Association

    American Road & Transportation Builders Association

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    American Subcontractors Association

    Associated General Contractors of America

    Building America's Future

    Community Transportation Association of America

    Design-Build Institute of America

    FP2, Formerly the Foundation for Pavement Preservation

    Government Finance Officers Association

    Institute of Transportation Engineers

    League of American Bicyclists

    National Asphalt Pavement Association

    National Association for County Community and Economic Development

    National Association of County Engineers

    National Association of Development Organizations

    National Association of Home Builders

    National Association of Regional Councils

    National Association of Surety Bond Producers

    National Community Development Association

    National League of Cities

    National Precast Concrete Association

    National Society of Professional Surveyors

    Portland Cement Association

    Safe Routes Partnership

    Subsurface Utility Engineering Association

    United States Chamber of Commerce

    United States Conference of Mayors

    U.S. Geospatial Executives Organization

    The American Rescue Plan, which NACo helped to develop and strongly advocated to pass, includes $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid for every county, parish and borough in America. Visit NACo’s COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse here.

     

    WASHINGTON – A coalition of organizations representing both the public and private sectors, headed by the National Association of Counties (NACo), today sent a
    2021-12-06
    Press Release
    2021-12-06

WASHINGTON – A coalition of organizations representing both the public and private sectors, headed by the National Association of Counties (NACo), today sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy calling for the passage of the bipartisan State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act (S. 3011/H.R. 5735). The bill, unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate, would provide recipients of the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund with the flexibility to invest a portion of this critical aid in transportation, infrastructure and government services, and ensure recipients can fulfill the Congressional intent of the ARPA.

An excerpt from the letter reads:

The State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act will build on the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) by giving state and local governments the flexibility to use ARPA funds to invest in infrastructure immediately while the IIJA is implemented over the next several years.

“This legislation would ensure that state and local governments, which collectively own nearly 100 percent of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, can meet their responsibilities to the nation as intergovernmental partners. These responsibilities include significant public infrastructure leadership, including owning, operating and maintaining public roads, bridges and our nation’s public transit systems, and providing government services such as public health, justice, human services, and safety.

“Passage of this legislation – a bipartisan compromise that unanimously passed the U.S. Senate – is key to successfully achieving our shared goals of helping our residents thrive. This new legislation would provide much-needed flexibility in state and local ARPA funds and would neither mandate funds be used in any particular way nor increase overall federal appropriations. This bill would also cap infrastructure investments to ensure funds are not diverted from the ongoing public health emergency.”

Read the full letter, signed by the below organizations, here.

National Association of Counties

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

American Bus Association

American Council of Engineering Companies

American Foundry Society

American Highway Users Alliance

American Public Transportation Association

American Public Works Association

American Road & Transportation Builders Association

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Subcontractors Association

Associated General Contractors of America

Building America's Future

Community Transportation Association of America

Design-Build Institute of America

FP2, Formerly the Foundation for Pavement Preservation

Government Finance Officers Association

Institute of Transportation Engineers

League of American Bicyclists

National Asphalt Pavement Association

National Association for County Community and Economic Development

National Association of County Engineers

National Association of Development Organizations

National Association of Home Builders

National Association of Regional Councils

National Association of Surety Bond Producers

National Community Development Association

National League of Cities

National Precast Concrete Association

National Society of Professional Surveyors

Portland Cement Association

Safe Routes Partnership

Subsurface Utility Engineering Association

United States Chamber of Commerce

United States Conference of Mayors

U.S. Geospatial Executives Organization

The American Rescue Plan, which NACo helped to develop and strongly advocated to pass, includes $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid for every county, parish and borough in America. Visit NACo’s COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse here.

 

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