Capitol to Capitol | Jan. 31, 2022


NCSL Launches New Webpage on Federal Infrastructure Bill

This new, frequently updated resource will provide legislators and staff with the latest on federal announcements regarding implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and access to other key NCSL infrastructure resources. Read more.

White House Releases Infrastructure Law Implementation Guidebook

The 13-chapter, 465-page guidebook, released earlier today, aims to provide a “roadmap to the funding available under the law, by explaining, in as much detail as currently available, how much funding is available at the program level.” It is the administration’s goal to provide updated versions over the coming months as guidance and rules are released for the new programs created and funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Ben Husch and Kristen Hildreth

$10 Billion for Capital Projects Now Available for States and Territories

The Treasury Department’s Capital Projects Fund provides $9.8 billion to states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia; $100 million to other territories and Freely Associated States; and $100 million to tribal governments for capital projects that invest in infrastructure necessary for participation in work, education and health monitoring. Program priorities include investing in broadband infrastructure and other digital connectivity technology projects, especially in economically distressed areas. To receive funding, states and territories must submit grant plans to the Treasury by Sept. 24, 2022. States and territories have access to $495 million in administrative funds that can be used to prepare for investments in capital assets, including an allowable 5% set-aside to develop programs and projects with community input. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Austin Reid and Patrick Lawler (education) and Tres York (broadband)

Department of Health and Human Services Funding Announcements

Provider Relief Fund Payments
The department announced the availability of more than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 General Distribution payments. Read more.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The department announced the release of $100 million from the recently passed infrastructure law. The $100 million is the first installment in the five-year, $500 million investment in the program provided from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Read more.

Promoting Mental Health and Wellness in the Health Care Workforce

The department announced $103 million in awards to 45 grantees to improve ”the retention of health care workers and help respond to the nation’s critical staffing needs by reducing burnout and promoting mental health and wellness among the health care workforce.” Read more.

NCSL Contact: Molly Ramsdell

Supreme Court to Define Federal Wetlands

In Sackett v. EPA the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the proper test for determining when “wetlands” are “Waters of the United States.” This test has long remained unclear because Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy offered competing definitions in Rapanos v. United States (2006).  Read  more.

NCSL Contact: Kristen Hildreth

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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
  • Haley Nicholson | 202-624-8662 | Health and Human Services
  • Austin Reid | 202-624-8678 | Education
  • Tres York | 202-624-8686 | Commerce and Financial Services