NLC Applauds Senate for Passage of the Bipartisan Funding Bill; Omnibus Includes Support for Cities and Towns

December 22, 2022 - (2 min read)

Urges House to Follow Suit and Pass FY23 Omnibus Appropriations Package and ARPA Flex Bill.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan FY23 omnibus spending bill: 

“We applaud the Senate’s bipartisan approach and support for the FY2023 funding package and urge the House to pass this legislation before the December 23 deadline,” said Clarence E. Anthony, NLC CEO and Executive Director. “We are grateful for funding increases for priority programs that can help America’s cities, towns and villages address their most pressing needs like increasing housing affordability and availability, strengthening local infrastructure, creating better workforce and education opportunities and providing more support for public safety. 

“Additionally, we urge the House to follow the Senate’s example by passing the State, Local Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act, also called ARPA Flex, with strong bipartisan support. Already passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, this bipartisan legislation championed by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) will extend direct U.S. Treasury assistance principally for small cities and towns using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to reinvigorate their communities and prepare for the future. The bipartisan bill will also help local governments coordinate and leverage ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds with programs enacted under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.” 


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