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NARC Summary of President’s FY2015 Budget Request

NARC has completed its summary of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request, which highlights core priorities for regions. In other budget news, appropriators in both Chambers of Congress have set their timetable for the FY15 appropriations process to be enacted before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. Markups are […]

Senate Committee Approves Williams to Head EDA

In a quick vote on February 6, 2014, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to approve former Youngstown, Ohio Mayor Jay Williams to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. Williams was considered by the Committee late last year, but no formal action was taken until now. His official nomination as […]

Farm Bill Heads to President – NARC Side-by-Side Available

After achieving Senate passage on February 4 by a vote of 68-32, the long-term Farm Bill compromise is headed to President Obama. He is expected to sign the measure by the end of the week. The final compromise is a 1,000-page, nearly $1 trillion package that eliminates direct payment subsidies to farmers, previously funded at $5 […]

NARC Launches Economic and Community Development Newsletter

On Wednesday, January 29, House members voted to approve a five-year Farm Bill Reauthorization proposal by a vote of 251 to 166. The journey toward approval was long and contentious over the past two years. The chamber failed to approve a measure in 2012, and a committee-approved package failed on the floor in a surprise […]

House Passes Short-term Farm Bill Extension

By voice vote, the House voted today to pass a short-term extension to the 2008 Farm Bill through January 31, 2014. House Leaders indicated that this would give conferees more time to compile a compromise long-term bill, but conference committee leaders – especially in the Senate – have been resistant to considering another short-term extension […]

NARC Launches Economic and Community Development Newsletter

NARC launched Development Digest, a new economic and community development electronic newsletter. This monthly email and online publication features a roundup of local and national news, federal policy and agency updates, tools, cutting edge research, and features NARC member best practices in the fields of community and economic development. If you have ideas for input in the publication, […]

NARC and Rural Development Coalition Outline Priorities for Farm Bill Conference Committee Members

Last week NARC joined over 25 organizations on a Campaign for a Renewed Rural Development (CRRD) letter to House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee members outlining important policy priorities under the bill’s Rural Development Title. Overall, the CRRD supports provisions generally found in the Senate’s reauthorization proposal including providing $227 million in mandatory funding […]

NARC Joins Coalition to Call for WIA Consideration on the Senate Floor

Last week NARC, along with 424 national and local workforce organizations sent a letter to Senate HELP Committee leadership encouraging full chamber consideration for the bipartisan Workforce Investment Act reauthorization bill (S 1356). The measure, which passed the full committee in July, has not been considered by the full Senate, although members and staff have […]

Senate HELP Committee Approves Older Americans Act Reauthorization

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved by voice vote legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) (S 1562). The Committee also debated at length, and ultimately voted down, an amendment offered by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to change the funding formula under the OAA. However, […]

NARC Endorses Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2013

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is set to consider the bipartisan draft bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) (S 1562). NARC recently sent a letter to Committee Leadership endorsing the current version. The compromise bill maintains the Act’s essential provisions regarding local flexibility, reauthorizes OAA programs without calling for funding […]

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