Capitol to Capitol | March 7, 2022

3/7/2022

Senate HELP Committee to Mark Up Bipartisan Pandemic Preparedness Bill

Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and ranking member Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a draft version of the bill, “Prepare for and Respond to Existing Viruses, Emerging New Threats, and Pandemics Act,” in January. Set for markup on March 15, the bill aims to take lessons learned from the pandemic to bolster the nation’s public health system. It is expected to have a robust amendment process. Read more.

NCSL Contact: Molly Ramsdell

President Biden Announces Strategy to Address National Mental Health Crisis

The strategy aims to “strengthen system capacity, connect more Americans to care and create a continuum of support…” The president’s fiscal year 2023 budget will include investments needed to achieve the goals. Read more.

NCSL Contact: Molly Ramsdell

Social Media Platforms Challenged to Protect Online Privacy of Children

In his State of the Union, the president called for strengthened privacy protections and bans on targeted advertising as well as personal data collection in relation to children. Privacy is a growing concern as underage online media consumption continues to increase. NCSL examines policy issues involving data privacy through its Privacy Working Group. To access  a summary of 2021 state consumer data privacy legislation, click here.

NCSL Contacts: Susan Frederick and Nicole Ezeh

Department of Labor Announces Availability of $45M for Strengthening Community College Training Grants

This second round of funding, made available through the Strengthening Community College Training Grants program, will build on the knowledge gained through the program’s initial $40 million investment, while prioritizing pathway development through rapid reskilling, training and employment through targeted industry sectors.

Administered by the Employment and Training Administration, the grants are designed to allow public institutions of higher education–individually or collectively–to improve their ability to address equity gaps and meet the skill development needs of employers and workers. The administration will award grants of up to $1.6 million for single institutions, up to $5 million for consortiums and up to $5 million designated to fund at least one affinity consortium grant, with special consideration given to applications submitted by historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, Minority-Serving Institutions Programs and Strengthening Institutions Programs. Read more.

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NCSL Contacts: Jon Jukuri and Deanna Ross (labor) and Austin Reid and Patrick Lawler (education)

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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