Capitol to Capitol | Dec. 6, 2021


Member Briefing on the State/Local Cybersecurity Grant Program of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

On Nov. 29, NCSL staff provided the second in a series of briefings for members exploring the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The discussion focused on the funds meant for cybersecurity. Legislators and legislative staff will need to log into their NCSL account to watch the briefing.

NCSL Contacts: Susan Frederick and Tres York (cybersecurity)

FFIS Releases Initial State by State Estimates from Infrastructure Law

The spreadsheet provides state by state estimates of the funds to states under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. It also includes a listing of all the funded programs in the bill, whether they are formula or competitive, and if competitive, whether a state is eligible to apply.  Read more.

NCSL Contact: Ben Husch

Agreement Reached on Additional Short-term Continuing Resolution (CR)

Congress managed to strike a deal and extend currenting funding levels for the federal government through Feb. 18. However, the CR does not include provisions updating funding levels to match the increases included in the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This means that the federal-aid highway state-based formula programs will continue to send last year’s funding levels to states instead of the 20% increase authorized in the infrastructure law. Those programs that received appropriations in the infrastructure law will still receive the higher levels of funding.

NCSL Contacts: Erlinda Doherty and Patrick Lawler (budgets) Ben Husch and Kristen Hildreth (infrastructure)

House Transportation Committee to Have New Chairman After 2022 Midterm

Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) announced he would be retiring from Congress. The most likely options to replace him would be Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Representative Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) or Representative Sam Graves (R-Mo.) if Republicans capture the majority. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Ben Husch and Kristen Hildreth

Federal Agencies Unveil Infrastructure Implementation Websites

With federal agencies just beginning implementation efforts for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, both the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency released their own, separate, bill implementation website. While NCSL staff will be frequently checking, it might not be a bad idea to bookmark them yourself.

NCSL Contacts: Ben Husch and Kristen Hildreth

HHS Funding Announcements:  Rural Health Providers and Telehealth

The Department of Health and Human Services began distributing the $7.5 billion American Rescue Plan Rural Payments to providers and suppliers, who serve Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicare beneficiaries. According to the department, the average payment to a provider is approximately $170,700, with payments ranging from $500 to approximately $43 million. More than 40,000 providers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the territories will receive ARP Rural payments. Read more.

Read a state-by-state breakdown of the ARP Rural Payments.

Read a public dataset of providers who have received ARP Payments.

The department also opened the application portal for the $35 million in grants for telehealth in the Title X Family Planning Program. The department plans to use funds to award an estimated 60 one-time grants to active Title X grantees. The application process will be open until Feb. 3 at 6:00 p.m. (ET) and notice of awards will be announced prior to May 1, 2022. Read more.

Department of Labor Announces $90 Million for YouthBuild Grants

On Nov. 23, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a $90 million funding opportunity for YouthBuild program grants to provide occupational skills training, employment services and educational support to disadvantaged youth. These grants will specifically target youth, ages 16-24, in communities where rampant inequalities hinder basic academic and career development. Additionally, these funds will provide pre-apprenticeship services for prevalent industries such as construction, health care, information technology, and hospitality.

The YouthBuild program grants will be administered by DOL’s Employment and Training Administration and will fund approximately 75 projects across the nation, with individual grants ranging from $700,000 to $1.5 million. YouthBuild grants have already enabled program participants to support initiatives for nearly 6,000 youth across 40 states, including Colorado, Oregon and West Virginia. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Jon Jukuri and Deanna Ross

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NCSL's Advocacy in Washington

NCSL’s Washington staff advocates on behalf of state legislatures before Congress, the White House and federal agencies in accord with the policy directives and resolutions that are recommended by the NCSL Standing Committees and adopted by the full conference at the annual NCSL Legislative Summit Business Meeting. As a result of the advocacy that is guided by these policy positions, NCSL is recognized as a formidable lobbying force in state-federal relations.

NCSL Staff in Washington, D.C.

  • Molly Ramsdell | 202-624-3584 | Director
  • Erlinda Doherty | 202-624-8698 | Budgets and Revenue
  • Susan Frederick | 202-624-3566 | Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety
  • Ben Husch | 202-624-7779 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • Kristen Hildreth | 202-624-3597 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • Jon Jukuri  | 202-624-8663 | Labor, Economic Development and International Trade
  • Austin Reid | 202-624-8678 | Education
  • Tres York | 202-624-8686 | Commerce and Financial Services