House and Senate Continue Work on Reconciliation Package
Following approval by the House and Senate of a fiscal year 2022 $3.5 trillion budget resolution in late August, both chambers have begun the work of turning the resolution into tax and spending legislation. While all House committees have enacted the pieces under their jurisdiction, the language is now being reviewed to ensure it will not violate the Byrd rule, the provision named after the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-W.V.) that limits the inclusion of extraneous measures in reconciliation bills. The Senate version, which is expected to differ significantly from the House’s, will not go through individual committees and will be publicized once it’s ready for a floor vote. To learn more about select actions by the House, click the links below. NCSL will release a full summary of the reconciliation package once it becomes clear what the final bill will include.
Treasury Releases Additional Emergency Rental Assistance Funds to High-Performing State and Local Grantees
The U.S. Department of Treasury announced Sept. 14 that it will make available the remaining funding granted under the second wave of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA2) to high-performing state and local grantees. In response to an increasing number of grantees using their existing funds, the Treasury is launching a process to allow grantees to access the remainder of the ERA2 funds, nearly $13 billion. Grantees will become eligible to access the funds once they have substantially expended their first-round Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA1) allocation and obligated at least 75% of their previously allocated ERA2 funding. In February 2021, the Treasury disbursed the full $25 billion that became available through ERA1 to state, local and tribal governments, with the $8.6 billion in additional funds made available in early May through ERA2 under the American Rescue Plan Act. Read more.
U.S. Treasury Releases Coronavirus Capitol Projects Fund Guidance
The $10 billion program established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocates funds for eligible governments ”to carry out critical capital projects that directly enable work, education, and health monitoring, including remote options, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency." Treasury will be hosting informational sessions. Read more.
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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
- 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