On Sept. 30, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government at current fiscal year (FY 2022) spending levels through Dec. 16.
Of particular note to counties, the CR does not include legislation such as the bipartisan State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act (S. 3011/H.R. 5735) that would provide counties with additional flexibilities in investing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
The Texas Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties (NACo) support this bipartisan legislation. The House bill currently has 15 Texas co-sponsors and received unanimous consent in the Senate.
The legislation would also provide the U.S. Department of the Treasury with administrative flexibility to support counties’ efforts to spend ARPA funds effectively and meet the most pressing needs in their communities.
The CR also includes several provisions beyond a direct extension of funding enacted for FY 2022, including supplemental and emergency spending and expiring program extensions through the duration of the CR.
NACo has provided a detailed overview of the major provisions of the resolution.
For more information, please contact Megan Molleur at (800) 456-5974.