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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.

NACo Report Shines Light on U.S. Transportation Funding Challenges, Role of Counties

Posted Date: 
February 24, 2014
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager, National Association of Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal and state funding and financing for county-owned transportation infrastructure is increasingly inadequate, according to a new report released today by the National Association of Counties (NACo). The Road Ahead: County Transportation Funding and Financing provides an analysis of county transportation funding sources, challenges and solutions across the 48 states with county governments. The report focuses on roads and bridges owned and maintained by the nation’s counties and provides three case studies that allow a more in-depth view of the issues facing counties in funding safe and reliable transportation systems.

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.   

Keystone XL Pipeline Clears Major Hurdle After State Department Report Raises No Major Objections

Posted Date: 
January 31, 2014
Contact: 
Matthew Daly, Associated Press (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a major hurdle Friday as the State Department raised no major environmental objections to the controversial pipeline from Canada through the heart of the U.S. Republicans and some oil- and gas-producing states cheered, but the report further rankled environmentalists already at odds with President Barack Obama.

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.