December 21, 2012
The House adjourned for Christmas on Thursday evening after it became clear that Speaker John Boehner (R – Ohio) did not have the support of his caucus for the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The Senate is expected to do the same today.
December 14, 2012
This week President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R – Ohio) have met in person and via phone multiple times to discuss how to avoid the fiscal cliff.
December 7, 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, the federal government is struggling with the looming fiscal cliff. While there is bipartisan support to avoid sequestration, how to do that remains controversial.
December 7, 2012
Eligible cities are encouraged to apply for the following federal grants being offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Department of Education (ED), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
November 20, 2012
On Nov. 16, the League board of directors adopted a resolution opposing automatic across-the-board cuts through federal sequestration that will impact core local government programs.
October 12, 2012
On Wednesday, the League hosted a free webinar to discuss the recent developments in the federal sequestration, or across-the-board budget cuts planned to take effect in January 2013, and how cities can take action to mitigate potentially significant losses to vital federally funded local programs.
October 2, 2012
The League will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 10 for members and League Partners to learn about federal sequestration.
September 24, 2012
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a report earlier this month detailing potential federal cuts of approximately $109 billion that would be triggered if Congress fails to act on a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion in accordance with the Budget Control Act of 2011. Also referred to as “sequestration,” the act would impose a 9.4 percent reduction in non-exempt discretionary funding and an 8.2 percent reduction in non-exempt, nondefense discretionary funding.
July 30, 2012
Local government leaders and their staff are invited to a call with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and Deputy Chief Technology Officer Chris Vein on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the Obama Administration’s innovation work with local governments and the open government innovation partnership.
June 29, 2012
The Conference Committee announced an agreement on a 27-month transportation authorization that would fund transportation at existing levels, adjusted for inflation.
June 22, 2012
In anticipation of the expiration of the current extension of the Federal Transportation Authorization on June 30, negotiations on a new, long-term authorization went into overdrive this week.
April 27, 2012
This week, Senate and House leadership released the names of conference committee members who will tackle the difficult task of negotiating a long term transportation authorization.
April 20, 2012
The House approved a transportation bill on Wednesday afternoon that should allow the discussion on a long-term transportation reauthorization to move to a conference committee.
April 6, 2012
The League held a webinar on federal issues, on Thursday, April 5 and urges all city officials to now take action on the 2013 appropriations process.
February 24, 2012
The House and Senate transportation authorizing committees kicked off February with a flurry of action on legislation to reauthorize the nation's surface transportation law, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-Lu), with the House's Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Ways and Means Committees and the Senate's Banking Housing and Urban Affairs and Finance Committees all completing markups on their respective portions of their chambers' transportation reauthorization packages.
January 26, 2012
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Treasury are soliciting comments on possible standards for determining if a retirement plan is a governmental plan under section 414(d) of the Internal Revenue Code.