Capitol to Capitol | June 29, 2020

6/29/2020

Strength in Numbers: NCSL and Others Call for Flexible Assistance to States

As Congress works on the next round of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and recovery legislation, NCSL continues to advocate for flexible assistance for states. Most recently NCSL, the National Governors Association, the Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, the International City/County Management Association, the National League of Cities and the United States Conference of Mayors were joined by local municipal associations, trade associations, labor unions and other organizations on a letter to Senate leadership urging them to act immediately to support state and local governments.

NCSL Contacts: Erlinda Doherty and Susan Frederick

Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQ Update

The latest update clarifies the allowable use of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) funds in meeting the non-federal matching requirements under the Stafford Act, and more. Using the CRF funds to replenish state revenue shortfalls continues to be explicitly prohibited. NCSL continues to work with the Treasury to assist legislators and legislative staff with their questions regarding allowable uses of the CRF. 

NCSL Contact: Erlinda Doherty

Will the Federal Tax Filing Deadline Be Extended?

NCSL is keeping an ear to the ground on conversations about further extending the July 15 deadline for filing federal tax returns and what it means for states.

NCSL Contact: Erlinda Doherty

60th Annual National Defense Authorization Act Gets Filed

The bill, SB 4049, announced by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairmen Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), advances four defense priorities: supporting the defense workforce, mapping the future of the national defense strategy, an emphasis and focus on building a “modern, innovative, and lethal force,” and streamlining Pentagon efficiency. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Jon Jukuri and Michael Quillen

USMCA Effective Date Is Imminent

During a recent House Ways and Means Committee hearing, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer answered several questions relating to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) while also reiterating his support for continuing with the July 1 implementation date for the agreement.

NCSL Contacts: Jon Jukuri and Michael Quillen

Department of Education Announces Workforce Grant Competition

The $127.5 million Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grant Program seeks to expand sector-based education and training programs and support local entrepreneurship through small business incubators. States should submit their completed application no later than Aug. 24, 2020.

NCSL Contacts: Austin Reid and Jocelyn Salguero  

Department of Education Announces Interim Final Rule on CARES Act Equitable Services Provision

The rule requires school districts to calculate the private school share of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds based on total enrollment in private schools. if a district makes funds available to all students in the district. Or, the calculation could be based on the total number of low-income students in Title I and participating private schools, if a district only uses funds in Title I schools. This rule follows up on the April 30 guidance and goes into effect immediately, although the department will offer a 30-day comment period. 

NCSL Contacts: Austin Reid and Jocelyn Salguero

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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 policies' 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
  • Abbie Gruwell 202-624-3569 | Commerce and Financial Services
  • Ben Husch | 202-624-7779 | 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