Forest Counties and Schools - Secure Rural Schools September Update

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Forest Counties and Schools - Secure Rural Schools September Update

Joint Forest Counties and Schools Coalition and NACo PILT, Secure Rural Schools September 10th Day of Action.

The Forest Counties and Schools Coalition hopes all are healthy and safe as we all work to re-open schools and counties while dealing with COVID-19 and added impact of wildfires in many of our communities.

September: Congress will return to Washington D.C. after Labor Day. The House will be back for votes the week of September 14th. Congressional leaders and the Administration are still deadlocked on negotiations on a needed COVID-19 aid bill. The negotiations are centered on the House passed HEROES bill to assist states, cities, counties, hospitals, local schools and many more needed provisions. An unconsidered Senate COVID-19 bill is being rewritten. Secure Rural Schools is not covered in these bills.

Fiscal Year Funding Deadlines, Continuing Resolution: Congress is facing a September 31 deadline for FY 2021 appropriations bills to fund all federal agencies for the next fiscal year beginning October 1. If the COVID-19 aid package negotiations get back on track in mid or late September, it is possible that a compromise COVID-19 package could be combined with a FY 2021 Continuing Resolution to temporarily fund federal agencies probably through December.

Secure Rural Schools: As Congress and the Administration negotiate a COVID-19 economic stimulus package the Forest Counties and Schools Coalition is continuing our efforts with the Administration and the Senate and House to add SRS or a least the Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved S. 430 SRS amendments to end the SRS 5% mandatory cuts; Titles l, ll flexibility; and RAC appointment improvements to any bill that Congress will pass in September.

PILT-SRS Day of ActionSeptember 10: The National Forests Counties and Schools Coalition is joining NACo in a PILT-SRS Day of Action (Sept. 10) where we are asking county and school officials to call their members of Congress to urge their support for SRS and PILT funding.

Please join the SRS-PILT effort by calling your Senators and House Members on September 10 to ask that they support funding for SRS and PILT and that they ask their leaders to include SRS and PILT funding in any September COVID-19 and or CR package.