Capitol to Capitol | Sept. 27, 2021

9/27/2021

Federal Transportation Funding Could Lapse Without Immediate Action

With infrastructure being the “it” word of the year, without congressional action in the next few days, federal transportation funding could stop with the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30. The Senate passed its infrastructure bill in early August, which would have provided for five years of authorizations and funding. The House has scheduled a vote for Thursday with a large bloc of progressives viewing the Senate bill as lacking in key areas they expected to be addressed in a reconciliation package. But with the reconciliation process proceeding slower than expected, a short-term extension would be needed. The text of the continuing resolution released by House Democratic leadership last week funds the federal government through Dec. 3 and suspends the debt limit into December 2022, but did not include an extension of funding for federal surface transportation programs.  Stay tuned.

NCSL Contacts: Ben Husch and Kristen Hildreth

President Biden Nominates State Legislator for Department of Energy Assistant Secretary

President Joe Biden nominated Massachusetts Representative Maria Robinson (D) to be assistant secretary of the Department of Energy, Office of Electricity. In her role as a state legislator, she leads the Massachusetts House’s Clean Energy Caucus, serves as the state lead to the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators and is a member of Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.

NCSL Contact: Ben Husch and 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
  • 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