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NACo Action Alert: New "Waters of the U.S." Definition Released, Counties Urged to Comment

Posted Date: 
April 23, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Counties are strongly encouraged to submit written comments on potential impacts of the proposed regulation to the Federal Register

On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly released a new proposed rule — Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act — that would amend the definition of "waters of the U.S." and potentially expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register, is open for public comment for 90 days, until July 21, 2014.

President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Bill

Posted Date: 
March 24, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner or Yejin Jang, Associate Legislative Directors, National Association of Counties

President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, H.R. 3370, March 21. It limits increases on flood insurance premiums and restores grandfathering.

NACo Discusses Federal Transportation Funding Crisis, Outlines Key County Priorities in MAP-21 Rewrite

Posted Date: 
March 14, 2014

On March 13, National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matt Chase participated in a bipartisan roundtable that focused on the pending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund and the expiration of the federal surface transportation bill, MAP-21.  The roundtable was led by U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).

Major Win for Counties: Flood Insurance Bill Clears Congress, Heads to President’s Desk

Posted Date: 
March 13, 2014

passing legislation that addresses concerns about rising flood insurance premiums across America.  The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3370) passed the Senate by a vote of 72-22.  The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives on March 4, now moves to the President’s desk for his signature. 

H.R. 3370 is in response to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12), signed into law in July of 2012, which aimed to make the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) more financially stable by reflecting true flood risks in communities. NACo and county leaders raised concerns that implementation of BW-12 resulted in some unintended consequences, including rapidly increasing flood insurance premiums in local communities.

NACo Action Alert on House Flood Insurance Bill

Posted Date: 
February 24, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner or Yejin Jang, Associate Legislative Directors, National Association of Counties

Urge Your U.S. House Members to Vote "YES" On the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, H.R. 3370 (as amended)

The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to begin debate this week on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3370, as amended).  Please urge your House Member to vote "yes" on the measure.

Counties Win Major Victories in Farm Bill

Posted Date: 
February 7, 2014
Contact: 
Arthur Scott, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

The five-year farm bill, signed into law Feb. 7, contains sev­eral critical county priorities including FY14 funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, reauthorization of vital programs within the rural development title.

Senate Sends Farm Bill with FY14 PILT Funding to the President’s Desk

Posted Date: 
February 5, 2014
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today voted 68-32 to send the five-year farm bill to the president’s desk where later this week it is expected to be signed it into law.  The House passed the conference report on Wednesday, Jan. 29 by a vote of 251-166.   

Senate Passes Measure That Delays Federal Flood Insurance Premiums

Posted Date: 
January 30, 2014
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager, National Association of Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The National Association of Counties (NACo) today applauded Senate passage of legislation to delay implementation of new federal flood insurance premiums which would cause insurance rates to rise rapidly in certain areas of the country.

NACo Action Alert: Urge Senators to Vote Yes on Flood Insurance Affordability Bill

Posted Date: 
January 28, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

The U.S. Senate has begun debate on the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (S. 1926). The Senate is expected to vote on this measure tomorrow (Jan. 29) or Thursday (Jan. 30). S. 1926 would delay implementation of flood insurance premiums for four years, until after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) completes an affordability study and the U.S. Congress can act on those recommendations.

Major Win for America's Counties in Farm Bill Conference Report

Posted Date: 
January 28, 2014
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager, National Association of Counties

House and Senate negotiators took a major step toward helping counties and their residents by finalizing an agreement on a five-year farm bill Jan. 27. The bipartisan conference report contains several provisions championed by NACo, including extending the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program in FY 2014, reauthorizing county priorities within the Rural Development title, and protecting county authority over forest roads. Final passage of the farm bill is expected by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate within the next few days.