Federal Outreach

Texas counties and the services they provide are greatly impacted by the decisions made in Washington, D.C. The TAC Legislative Services department understands this and is your liaison to federal policy makers. Through partnership with the National Association of Counties, TAC makes sure Texas county government’s voice is heard in our nation’s capital.

Federal Issues of Importance

American Rescue Plan – The $1.9 trillion funding package broadly outlines how counties may use the federal money to assist with COVID-related expenses.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – This historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure provides $973 billion over five years from FY 2022 through FY 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for all modes of transportation, water, power, and energy, environmental remediation, public lands, broadband and resilience.

Broadband Expansion – An important issue for counties that has become even more critical as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. A coordinated approach between federal, state and local governments to advance broadband deployment and accessibility while preserving local decision-making is needed.

The Inflation Reduction Act – The largest federal clean energy investment in U.S. history offers Texas counties the opportunity to pursue clean energy initiatives and reduce emissions through new competitive grant programs, local resiliency investments and clean energy tax credits.

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Broadband demands during COVID-19 reveal disparities

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