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Last updated on:
November 30, 2021

OVERVIEW

On November 15, President Biden signed into law the $1 trillion infrastructure package that passed both chambers with bipartisan support and includes $550 billion in new spending and $450 billion of redirected unused funds. While there was some bipartisan support for the measure, the Build Back Better bill is very partisan, requiring the reconciliation process to pass with a simple majority. It barely passed the House totaling $3 trillion, but is expected to be cut by half or more if a version of it can pass the Senate. It would fund a range of initiatives and raise $1.48 trillion in revenue over 10 years by increasing taxes on corporations and high-income individuals. See highlights outlined below and hear directly from former Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Treasury and other experts today at 12pm on what all this means for businesses.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Build Back Better Plan

President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act (BBB) finally passed the House. While significant changes are expected in the Senate, some highlights include:

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • $1.52 billion to fund the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships to accelerate use-inspired and translational research to address some of the world’s most challenging problems.
  • $675 million for NSF research awards, traineeships, scholarships and fellowships across all STEM disciplines.
  • $200 million for research capacity building at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses

$5 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) programs that increase access to capital, foster entrepreneurial development, expand federal procurement opportunities and drive innovation that includes $1.9 billion to fund SBA’s 7(a) lending program, $1 billion to establish a nationwide incubator network to help entrepreneurs in underrepresented communities, and $35 million for nonprofits to operate federal entrepreneurship training programs to assist veteran small business contractors.

Economic Development

$5.25 billion for the Economic Development Administration, including $3.36 billion to create regional innovation hubs, $1.20 billion to provide RECOMPETE investments in persistently distressed communities, $240 million to provide assistance to energy and industrial transition communities, and $240 million for predevelopment in public works projects.

Clean Energy, Innovation and Communities

  • $40 billion in new loan guarantee authority
  • $3.6 billion to defray the costs of loan guarantees to support American innovation and new technology solutions to address climate change

BUDGET & APPROPRIATIONS

YEAR-END PACKAGE & CONTINUING RESOLUTION

FY2022 Funding Bills

The Senate still has not moved their appropriations bills out of committee and onto the floor, making conference negotiations next to impossible. Due to infighting among Democrats and Republicans, no bills are expected to move this year. Instead the two chambers are moving toward enacting a longer term continuing resolution (CR) that level funds all programs and services and blocks any new initiatives from being funded. Some have said the CR would last until January while others have said it might last until April 2022. In either situation, it means Congress would be forced to complete FY2022 appropriations legislation in an omnibus package that likely would include other items such as Cures 2.0, ARPA-H authorization, tax extenders and other items, while the fiscal year is half over and at the same time they have to start the FY2023 appropriations process. This has happened before, but can be very messy to navigate. In any case, because the House passed their 12 appropriations bills in the form of mini-bus bills in early summer — and with earmarks included — they have the upper hand in these deliberations and in securing their earmarks in the final package.

HEALTH

CURES 2.0

The follow-up legislation to the 21st Century Cures enacted at the end of the Obama administration called Cures 2.0 has built up enough support it may finally pass the House. However, in what form is another question. There are now competing bills that would authorize Biden's pet project, ARPA-H, and the fact that just weeks remain in the year to move it through both chambers. It now looks like it will be wrapped into omnibus legislation that is passed end of the year or next year. G2G prepared a Summary of Cures 2.0 and the original 21st Century Cures.

BARDA

G2G attended the annual BARDA Industry Days, which was virtual for the second year in a row due to COVID. While it still prioritizes COVID and pandemic response, BARDA has announced open funding opportunities for other medical countermeasures. G2G prepared a Report on the BARDA Conference and Priorities as well as an outline of the current Broad Agency Announcement topics.

Last updated on:
October 31, 2021

OVERVIEW

With the November 2 election day, many are watching Virginia to see if the gubernatorial race is a harbinger for the 2022 Congressional elections. It is a dead heat between former Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) and Glenn Youngkin (R). Meanwhile, the House is aiming to vote on the latest version of the Build Back Better Act as soon as this week, despite the fact that progressives and moderates within the Democratic party are still battling over the details and the legislation has not yet been scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Finally, with the Continuing Resolution enacted to avoid a government shutdown expiring December 3, the House and Senate are trying to move the FY2022 appropriations bills.

ECONOMY

The Build Back Better Plan

On October 28, President Joe Biden made his final pitch in a closed-door meeting with Democrats on the Hill for the Build Back Better Act (BBB), which was scaled down from $3.5 trillion to a $1.75 trillion plan. It aims to spend $555 billion to combat climate change, create millions of jobs, spur long-term growth, and incentivize clean energy with electric vehicle credits, $2 billion for R&D and other measures. The plan includes $150 billion in affordable housing investments and $40 billion for higher education and workforce by raising the maximum Pell Grant and providing support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and investing in community college workforce programs, sector-based training, and apprenticeships. There is another $90 billion targeted for equity and other investments. Biden’s revamped tax plan also includes a new surtax on millionaires. Democrats are now sorting out final details of this reconciliation bill that only needs a simple majority to pass.

House Democrats released a rough draft of legislation (HR 5376) to enact the plan that will take days to be ready for a vote, but they are trying to get it done this week. Significant progress was made in securing the support of the House progressives led by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) even though this new bill is half the size they originally wanted. However, the deal is still tenuous as this same group again blocked a vote on the separate $550 billion roads and rail infrastructure bill (HR 5763), a second piece of Biden’s agenda, until the larger package is ready. This upset the fiscally conservative wing of the party, which is led by Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), a co-chair of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition. Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) had to last minute scrap a plan to act on the infrastructure measure and instead pass another temporary extension for highway funding until December 3, which is the same day as the Continuing Resolution and debt ceiling extension expire. The measure passed the House on a 358-59 vote and Senators agreed by unanimous consent to support the extension. Within the Senate, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) asked for more time to assess the impact of President Biden’s revised tax and spending package on the economy and the national debt and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is the other hold-out within the party. Winning these two over is key to clinching a deal that can pass both chambers and become law this year.

Research Funding Details in the BBB Deal

The Department of Energy would receive $2 billion in total for R&D programs, down from over $15 billion in the original version. The bill would allocate $985 million for the Office of Science, entirely dedicated to domestic fusion energy R&D efforts and low-dose radiation research.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) would receive $3.5 billion, of which $1.5 billion is for setting up the agency’s new Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships directorate. Of the remainder, $500 million would be for climate research and another $500 million for infrastructure. The original bill included $11 billion for NSF and did not allocate a specific amount for the new directorate. NASA would receive $1.1 billion, with $750 million dedicated to infrastructure and facilities modernization, which is $4 billion less than originally proposed. It also would spend $365 million on climate-related R&D, a little less than originally proposed.

Other details include $1.25 billion for the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), $650 million for facilities maintenance and upgrades, $260 million for the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and $220 million for advanced manufacturing research, development, and testbeds.

New Surtax on Millionaires

The proposed framework includes $2 trillion in taxes, a new 15% minimum levy for revenue corporations, and a stock buyback tax. This leaves the bulk of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax reductions intact. Also missing is Biden’s plan to end a benefit that allows assets to be passed to heirs without taxing their capital gains. The SALT tax deduction was not included but some are working to get it added back in, key for states such as New York. Several changes could still be made as congressional Democrats wrangle the final legislative text. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) is pressing for a new annual levy on the appreciation of billionaires’ wealth. Details on new tax measures proposed include:

Levy on Corporations - The new levy would put a 15% minimum tax on the financial statement profits of companies who have little-to-no taxable income.

Stock Buybacks Tax ($125 billion) - This tax would put a 1% surcharge on stock buybacks to encourage companies to invest in their operations rather than re-purchase shares.

International Tax ($350 billion) - The framework calls for a 15% country-by-country global minimum tax. The new rules would also impose penalties on foreign corporations in countries that don’t impose the minimum tax rate.

Millionaires Surtax ($230 billion) - The new surtax would place a 5% levy on incomes above $10 million and an additional 3% on incomes above $25 million, on top of the top tax rate, which is currently 37%. About 0.02% of Americans would be affected, according to the White House.

Expand Medicare Tax on Wealthy ($250 billion) - The plan would close provisions in the tax code that allow some wealthy taxpayers to avoid paying the 3.8% Medicare surtax on their earnings.

Limit Business Losses ($170 billion) - This provision would limit excess business losses for partnerships, limited liability companies and other pass-through entities.

IRS Enforcement ($400 billion) - The IRS would receive more funding to hire more revenue agents, modernize technology and update customer service to increase tax compliance. Expanded audit capabilities would be targeted to those making more than $400,000 a year.

Prescription Drug Savings ($145 billion) - The plan would end a Trump-era rule that allows drugmakers to offer rebates to pharmacy benefit managers.

There was no mention of a billionaires’ tax, a proposal pushed by Wyden but seen by a number of other Democratic lawmakers as difficult to craft and administer so this looks unlikely.

Funding for Regional Economic Growth Efforts

Amid current focus on BBB, the ARP funding has resulted in big wins for state and local economic development efforts. The Economic Development Administration within the Department of Commerce announced that 529 regions from all 50 states and five territories have submitted applications for Phase 1 of the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. As awards are made in early 2022, this infusion of funding is focused on regional economic growth strategies.

HEALTH

Ending Trump’s Retrospective Review at Health and Human Services Department

October 28, the department announced it will withdraw or repeal a last-minute Trump administration rule pushed forward in his final day in office that would have caused health regulations to expire if they weren’t reviewed every 10 years. The HHS released a proposal that would do away with the rule, (RIN 0991-AC24), which was initially published in the Federal Register on January 19, one day before Biden took office. In an attempt to end many regulations, under the rule, the HHS would have had five years to assess regulations that are more than 10 years old, and the department could have extended that deadline one time per regulation, for up to a year.

Maternal Health

Following the Biden administration’s approval granted earlier this year for one-year Medicaid postpartum coverage for Missouri and Illinois and six months of continuous coverage in Georgia (with Virginia’s and Massachusetts’ 1115 waivers to extend coverage still pending), HHS just granted New Jersey’s 1115 waiver to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage from 60 days to one year. An estimated 8,700 New Jersey residents will benefit from the extension beginning April 1, 2022 as postpartum women will have a yearly income of up to 200% of the federal poverty level to qualify for one-year continuous enrollment in Medicaid and an income between 194% and 200% of the federal poverty level in order to qualify under CHIP. Related language is included in the Build Back Better plan that keeps the earlier bill’s one-year continuous eligibility requirement for kids and postpartum women and its permanent extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) intact. Some in Congress and outside organizations are pushing CMS to issue comprehensive guidance on how states can use the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to extend postpartum coverage to one year after giving birth as states can enact state plan amendments for their ARP funding to extend coverage. This new, streamlined pathway means states can extend postpartum coverage to one year without going through CMS. More than 15 states are planning to extend postpartum coverage via an 1115 waiver or the state plan amendment, which goes into effect April 1, 2022: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Orphan Drug Tax Credit

The current version of the Build Back Better Act includes a provision limiting the number of rare disease drugs that can qualify for tax credits under the Orphan Drug Act. Orphan Drug Act allows orphan drug developers to qualify to receive a tax credit for 25% of their clinical trial costs for new orphan drugs. The law only specifies that clinical testing must be for a rare disease or condition. But section 138141 of House Democrats’ BBB would amend the Orphan Drug Act so only the first approved uses or indications for orphan drugs can qualify for the Orphan Drug Tax Credit. Clinical testing expenses for any drugs that have been approved for any other use or indication would not qualify for the credit. Rare disease organizations point out that limiting the tax credit could impede innovation and development of rare disease drugs that are direly needed for the 7,000 rare diseases, 95% of which have no therapies. This on top of the Orphan Drug Tax Credit already being slashed from 50% to 25% in 2017 under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, is a huge blow to patients and industry. With the high risk to develop such drugs and the low return on investment and the difficulty in accessing treatments due to delays in diagnosis, reimbursement policies and restrictive labeling many in Congress and outside groups are fighting hard to repair this in the final legislation.

Temporary Enhanced ACA Credits and Medicaid Gap Fix

President Biden’s BBB framework includes a temporary extension of the higher Affordable Care Act tax credits through 2025 as well as closure of the so-called Medicaid gap in non-expansion states by providing premium tax credits through 2025 to affected people in those states so they can access exchange plans with no premium. This would provide 3 million additional people with insurance through the extension of the increased premium tax credits and 4 million through the closed Medicaid gap via tax credits for marketplace plans. Both policies are expected to cost a total of $130 billion. It also includes $35 billion for a new Medicare hearing benefit and repeals the Trump administration’s drug rebate rule. The framework left out what progressive Democrats made a top priority: adding Medicare dental and vision benefits and giving Medicare power to negotiate drug prices. The president said the framework was a product of working with Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), two key swing votes on reconciliation. The Democrats are still wrangling over these issues as they finalize their bill to bring to the floor for a vote.

Home Care Funding

The Biden framework includes $150 billion for home and community-based services in what the White House calls the most transformative investment in caregiving in a generation. But that funding is significantly lower than the $400 billion initially pushed by the president. The goal is to get states to buy into home care and increase wages to address workforce issues because home and community-based services waitlists can’t be dealt with until the workforce exists to provide those services.

APPROPRIATIONS

FY2022 Funding Bills

The House passed their 12 appropriations bills in the form of mini-bus bills in early summer, but the Senate still has not completed their bills. Some key appropriations subcommittees just released proposed reports that accompany appropriations bills and spell out directives for funding and a return of earmarks after the 11-year moratorium. However, because they did not result from a subcommittee mark-up of legislation, they have little to no weight as the two chambers start to configure a year-end omnibus appropriations bill. The Democrats and several Republicans are committed to the return of earmarks, which may grease the wheels to getting something done by mid-to-late December that includes these pet projects.

Health Spending

Appropriators in the House and Senate both aim to boost funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by more than 10% in FY2022. They also endorse the creation of an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) although they would provide less than half the initial funding the administration requested for it. The Senate bill, released last week, proposes to increase NIH’s current $43 billion topline by $5 billion and fund ARPA-H with $2.4 billion, while the House bill proposes a $6.5 billion increase for NIH and $3 billion for ARPA-H. While neither quite reaches the $9 billion increase included in President Biden’s FY2022 budget proposal, it would be by far the largest increase among the string of multi-billion-dollar boosts Congress has provided NIH in each of the past six years. Also, both chambers would allow NIH to spend the funds until the end of FY2024, as requested by the administration.

To see more details of the FY2022 appropriations bills, check out the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee. As mentioned in last month's update, the full breakdown of the status of each of the 12 appropriations bills is in our September update, but some highlights from the House where bills passed the floor include:

House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-Ed)

  • The full Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the LHHS-Ed bill on July 15 by a vote of 33-25.
  • The House of Representatives passed the LHHS-Ed bill as part of a seven-bill minibus on July 29, by a vote of 219-208.

House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

  • The House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the CJS bill on July 15 by a vote of 33-26.

House Defense

  • The House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Defense bill on July 13 by a vote of 33-23.

To see ARPA funding opportunities see September’s update below.

Last updated on:
September 30, 2021

OVERVIEW

September is proving to be the most stressful month of the new Biden Administration. Not only was pulling out of Afghanistan full of chaos and lost lives, but government shutdown could occur October 1, debt ceiling extension is required by mid-October, appropriations bills are stalled, and efforts to move historic legislation that would reshape the American economy over the next 10 years hit major hurdles in Congress. The sweeping 10-year $3.5 trillion spending plan marks the significant step in Democrats' drive to expand education, health care and childcare support, tackle the climate crisis and make further investments in infrastructure. But it is also raising major concerns among moderates in both chambers who worry some of the measures, including on drug pricing and climate, go too far and could result in Congress switching to Republican control in the next election.

Things are changing minute to minute, but G2G is tracking and happy to share updates. Please let me know any questions or feedback at lpowell@G2Gconsulting.com.

INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGES STALLED

This is one of the most intense weeks on Capitol Hill with Democrats on the brink of defeating their own legislation and bringing down President Biden’s economic agenda. Late Wednesday, frantic negotiations continued as Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) vowed to bring the smaller $550 billion infrastructure and public works bill called the INVEST in America Act that passed the Senate 69 to 30 to the floor this week despite a revolt by progressives, determined to block that bill’s passage without the larger $3.5 trillion social services infrastructure bill including their priorities. The latter has moved its way through several House committees, each advancing their portion of the reconciliation bill to enable one of the largest spending bills to pass the Congress.

Democrats are very aware if they do not pass an infrastructure bill, many moderate Democrats in swing districts will lose re-election in 2022 and the House will switch to Republican control, however the party cannot agree on the larger package details at this point. The plan was always to pass both bills, but Democrats must achieve virtual unanimity in order to proceed with reconciliation that is necessary to avoid the Senate filibuster. Therefore, getting both progressives and moderates on board is vital to avoiding complete failure in enacting the Democratic economic agenda and paving the way for a Republican take-over in the next election.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, both Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are key hold-ups to moving a similar $3.5 trillion bill through that chamber. On Monday, Senate Republicans opposed a Continuing Resolution to keep government open that included a debt ceiling extension in a procedural vote, failing by a margin of 48 in favor to 50 against, with 60 votes needed to bring the bill to the floor. But Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY) announced lawmakers had reached a bipartisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown on October 1 and will lead the Senate in passing the Continuing Resolution today to extend government spending until December 3. This is a must-pass bill for the Democrats in charge since the new fiscal year starts this Friday and no FY2022 appropriations bills have passed Congress. The Republicans are united in opposing a debt ceiling extension and Democrats have about three weeks to get the votes within their party to pass this legislation alone. Aware of just how critical each of these pieces of legislation is for Democrats to declare success, the party is struggling as progressives and moderates continue to battle out just how much to tax and spend in the $3.5 trillion deal.

For a recap of what is in the $3.5 trillion budget resolution that spans from paid family leave to ACA expansions to child tax credit to clean energy to housing incentives which passed in August that set the framework for the details the Democrats are negotiating now in the follow-up legislation, see our August update here.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FUNDING

Several House committees met this week to advance their pieces of the $3.5 trillion 10-year spending bill, which include billions for R&D and research infrastructure programs on top of the $45 billion the Science Committee apportioned last week. The Ways and Means Committee added $2.5 billion tax credit while the Energy and Commerce Committee added $16 billion for pandemic preparedness which partially aligns with President Biden's recent $65 billion Apollo Initiative proposal. In addition, the Financial Services Committee added $1 billion for state-run venture capital funds to support manufacturing and the Agriculture committee added $3.65 billion for agriculture and climate-related research.

R&D Funding Details

Several House committees met this week to advance their pieces of the reconciliation bill, which include billions for R&D and research infrastructure programs on top of the $45 billion the Science Committee apportioned last week:

  • The Ways and Means Committee’s legislation would create a new tax credit that would provide $2.5 billion over five years to help finance research infrastructure projects at public universities. The legislation would also delay by five years a requirement that businesses amortize their R&D expenses over five years rather than deduct them in the year they occur. Critics of the requirement, which is due to take effect at the end of this year, argue it will reduce incentives for companies to conduct R&D in the U.S.
  • The Energy and Commerce Committee’s legislation includes $16 billion for pandemic preparedness initiatives, $3 billion for the proposed Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, and $10 billion for a new manufacturing supply-chain resiliency program at the Commerce Department.
  • The Financial Services Committee’s legislation includes $1 billion for contributions to state-run venture capital funds that support development of “advanced manufacturing technology” and clean manufacturing processes, among other activities.
  • The Agriculture Committee’s legislation includes $3.65 billion for agricultural research facilities and hundreds of millions of dollars for climate-related research, including $380 million for the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority pilot program established in 2018.
  • The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s legislation includes $788 million for the U.S. Coast Guard to acquire a fourth heavy icebreaker that is equipped with laboratory and berthing facilities for polar scientists.

FY2022 APPROPRIATIONS

Only the House has moved forward on their 12 appropriations bills. It passed seven in a consolidated appropriations package (HR 4502) before the August recess while the Senate still needs to organize markups and move their bills. The Senate pass the Agriculture-FDA, Energy & Water, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs out of the full committee in early August. With both chambers including earmarks for the first time in 11 years, both Democrats and Republicans are more motivated to get the bills enacted by year's end. The full breakdown of the status of each of the 12 appropriations bills in each chamber can be found here but some highlights include:

House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-Ed)

  • The full Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the LHHS-Ed bill on July 15 by a vote of 33-25.
  • The House of Representatives passed the LHHS-Ed bill as part of a seven-bill minibus on July 29, by a vote of 219-208.

House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

  • The House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the CJS bill on July 15 by a vote of 33-26.

House Defense

  • The House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Defense bill on July 13 by a vote of 33-23.

Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Agriculture-FDA bill on August 4 by a vote of 25-5.

12 Appropriations Bill Details

House

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

  • The full Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Agriculture bill on June 30 by a voice vote.
  • The House of Representatives passed the Agriculture bill as part of a seven-bill minibus on July 29, by a vote of 219-208.

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

  • The House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the CJS bill on July 15 by a vote of 33-26.

Defense

  • The House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Defense bill on July 13 by a vote of 33-23.

Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies

  • The House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Energy and Water Development bill on July 16 by a vote of 33-24.
  • The House of Representatives passed the Energy and Water bill as part of a seven-bill minibus on July 29, by a vote of 219-208.

Financial Services and General Government

  • The full Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the FSGG bill on June 29 by a vote of 33-24.
  • The House of Representatives passed the FSGG bill as part of a seven-bill minibus on July 29, by a vote of 219-208.

Homeland Security

  • The House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved its Homeland Security bill on July 13 by vote of 33-24.

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

  • The full Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Interior bill on July 1 by a vote of 32-24.
  • The House of Representatives passed the Interior bill as part of a seven-bill minibus on July 29, by a vote of 219-208.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-Ed)

  • The full Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the LHHS-Ed bill on July 15 by a vote of 33-25.
  • The House of Representatives passed the LHHS-Ed bill as part of a seven-bill minibus on July 29, by a vote of 219-208.

Legislative Branch

  • The full Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Legislative Branch bill on June 29 by a vote of 33-25.
  • The House passed the Legislative Branch bill on July 29 by a vote of 215-207.

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

  • The full Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the MilCon-VA bill on June 30 by a vote of 33-24.
  • The House of Representatives passed the MilCon-VA bill as part of a seven-bill minibus on July 29, by a vote of 219-208.

State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS)

  • The full Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the SFOPS bill on July 1 by a vote of 32-25.
  • The House passed the SFOPS bill on July 28 by a 217-212 vote.

Transportation, Housing, Urban Development, and Related Agencies

  • The House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the THUD bill on July 16 by a vote of 33-24.
  • The House of Representatives passed the T-HUD bill as part of a seven-bill minibus on July 29, by a vote of 219-208.

Senate

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Agriculture-FDA bill on August 4 by a vote of 25-5.

Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Energy and Water bill on August 4 by a vote of 25-5.

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the MilCon-VA bill on August 4 by a vote of 25-5.

ARPA FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Highlights of key funding opportunities created by the American Rescue Plan Act out of the Economic Development Administration at the Department of Commerce include:

U.S. Economic Development Administration American Rescue Plan Programs

  • Under the American Rescue Plan, EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

U.S. Department of Treasury Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund

  • The American Rescue Plan provides $10 billion for payments to eligible governments to address many of the challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America, Tribal communities, and low- and moderate-income communities. This fund will help to ensure that all communities have access to the high-quality modern infrastructure, including broadband, needed to access critical services.

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

  • The fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) application period for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program and the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant programs will open on Sept. 30, 2021, and close at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2022.
  • FEMA’s two competitive mitigation grant programs provide states, local communities, tribes, and territories funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness by reducing disaster losses and protecting life and property from future disaster damage.

Small Business Administration COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

  • In response to COVID-19, small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). FAQs can be found here.
  • On September 9th, the SBA announced new updates to the COVID-19 EIDL Program. The SBA has Increased Loan Cap to $2 Million, Expanded Use of Funds to Pay and Prepay Business Debt, Streamlined Review Processes, and Deferred Payments.

More details on infrastructure, social welfare, climate change and appropriations can be found within our August Legislative Update.