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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.

Congress Clears $1.012 Trillion FY 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill

Posted Date: 
January 17, 2014
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

NACo provides comprehensive analysis on how federal programs important to counties fared

On Thursday, January 16, Congress cleared a $1.012 trillion FY 2014 omnibus spending bill (H.R. 3547) that will fund the federal government through the remainder of FY 2014. Congress will now send the measure to the White House for President Obama's signature, averting any threat of a government shutdown through Sept. 30.

Initial Reports: Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program NOT Included in FY2014 Omnibus Measure

Posted Date: 
January 13, 2014
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

NACo to Hold National Conference Call Today at 6:00pm EST

Urgent Action Needed on PILT

County officials should immediately contact both their Senators and House Members and urge swift Congressional action to secure full mandatory funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program – either in the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill or another legislative vehicle.

NACo/Nationwide Scholarship Open for Applications

Posted Date: 
January 13, 2014
Contact: 
Linda W. Barber, Managing Director, Nationwide Retirement Solutions

The NACo/Nationwide Scholarship application process is open!  A link is now on NRSforu.com, on the right hand side, under "Latest Headlines".  You will find an orange circle with a graduation cap next to the headline "NACo Scholarship".  Applicants should click on "Learn More", which will take them to the criteria and the link to the application.  Applications will be accepted through March 2nd.

U.S. Economic Recovery Remains Uneven, Fragile Across Counties

Posted Date: 
January 13, 2014
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager, National Association of Counties

NACo analysis of county economies shows counties face challenges ahead

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. economic growth continued last year for the 3,069 county economies, but the recovery remained uneven and fragile, according to an analysis of four economic performance indicators by the National Association of Counties (NACo). As a result of the fragile and uneven recovery, many counties are continuing to struggle with their budgets, meet financial obligations and provide essential public services.

The National Association of Counties Joins Senators in Capitol Hill Press Conference to Support Flood Insurance Affordability Bill

Posted Date: 
January 8, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

On January 7, NACo President Linda Langston (commissioner, Linn County, Iowa) and NACo Second Vice President Sallie Clark (commissioner, El Paso County, Colo.) participated in a bipartisan press conference in the U.S. Capitol on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, S. 1846. This measure, introduced in December in response to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12), would delay certain premium increases required by BW-12 until the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) can complete an affordability study and Congress can consider the recommendations of that study.