WASHINGTON, D.C. – On September 30, Congress passed H.R. 5305, a bill making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022. This bill provides short-term appropriations for federal agencies to keep operating, provides supplemental appropriations, and extends several expiring programs and authorities through the earlier of December 3, 2021. Following the bill’s passage, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony issued the following statement:
“We are glad that the Senate and House have voted to prevent a government shutdown and provide critical funding for natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ida, Delta, Zeta, and Laura, wildfires, severe droughts and winter storms. This funding is needed to help communities recover and rebuild from these major disasters.
We also urge the House to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and prevent transportation programs from lapsing this week. Communities across America are ready to rebuild our infrastructure with renewed federal support, but now we need Congress to vote ‘yes’ on IIJA.”