ICMA, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, National Association of Counties, and National League of Cities, sent a letter to the bipartisan House leadership on November 8, 2021, urging action on S. 3011, the State, Local Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act. The bipartisan bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on October 19, 2021.
The legislation would allow state and local governments to:
- Allocate up to $10 million of ARPA funds for the provision of government services without using Treasury's complicated revenue loss calculator.
- Allow the greater of $10 million or 30 percent of the government's total ARPA allocation to be used for infrastructure-related activities under a new separate infrastructure provision authorized under federal surface transportation laws or Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
- Allow the ARPA funding to be used to provide, "emergency relief from natural disasters or the negative economic impacts of natural disasters, including temporary emergency housing, food assistance, financial assistance for lost wages, or other immediate needs."