Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Team
May 14, 2021
NSBA Weekly Update – Congressional Update
Forthcoming Infrastructure Package Continues to Take Shape
Since the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (P.L. 117-2), legislation that provided nearly $122 billion in additional funding for the K-12 community, President Biden has pivoted his administration to its next legislative priority— significant new investments in the nation’s infrastructure. President Biden’s infrastructure priorities, outlined in the American Families and Jobs plans and totaling nearly $4 trillion, must now be considered by Congress to advance further and be enacted into law. However, unlike the American Rescue Plan which was quickly considered and passed by Congress earlier this year, lawmakers in both chambers of Congress and from both parties have not approached the American Jobs and Families plans with a similar sense of urgency.
Working to nudge lawmakers closer towards consensus, President Biden hosted Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders for a series of discussions this week at the White House regarding a potential pathway forward. At issue are fundamental disagreements over what should be included in an infrastructure package—Republicans want to narrowly focus on “traditional” infrastructure investments such as roads and bridges, while Democrats favor an approach inclusive of a much wider array of potential investments in areas such as cybersecurity and human capital. Both Democrats and Republicans also disagree on… [READ FULL UPDATE HERE: NSBA Federal Update 5-14-2021]