Muni Focused Bills Introduced in the 116th Congress

Notice: NABL does not take a stance on the pending legislation below. Rather, NABL provides the list to educate the membership of muni focused legislation that Congress is currently discussing. We will keep this list updated to the best of our ability. 

116th CONGRESS - MUNI LEGISLATION TRACKER

H.R. 1251 – Public Buildings Renewal Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 2/14/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • Purpose: Amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide for the tax-exempt financing of certain government-owned buildings by expanding the definition of "exempt facility bond"
  • Companion Bill: S. 932, introduced by Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) on 3/28/2019

H.R. 865 – Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2019 

  • Introduced: 1/30/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)
  • Purpose: Authorize more than $100 billion in grants and bonds to update the country’s schools
  • Companion Bill: S. 266, introduced by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) on 1/29/2019

H.R. 1508 – Move America Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 3/5/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • Purpose: Amend the Internal Revenue Code to create Move America bonds and Move America credits to help fund the nation’s infrastructure
  • Companion Bill: S. 146, introduced by Sen John Hoeven (R-ND) on 1/16/2019

S. 212 – Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 1/24/2019
  • Sponsor: Sen John Hoeven (R-ND)
  • Purpose: Provide industry and economic development opportunities, including access to federal programs that support P3’s, to Indian communities
  • Companion Bill: H.R. 1937, introduced by Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) on 3/27/2019

H.R. 658 – National Infrastructure Development Bank Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 1/17/2019 Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
  • Sponsor: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3)
  • Purpose: Establish a national infrastructure bank to facilitate the investment and financing of infrastructure projects 

S. 437 – The SALT Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 2/11/2019
  • Sponsor: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Purpose: Repeal the $10,000 cap on the SALT deduction and restore the 39.6 percent income tax rate on upper-income taxpayers.
  • Companion Bill: H.R. 1142, introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) on 2/11/2019

S. 352 – BUILD Act

  • Introduced: 2/6/2019 Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Sponsor: Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Purpose: Raise the federal statutory cap on PABs issued by or on behalf of state and local governments for highway and freight improvement projects from $15 billion to $20.8 billion
  • Companion Bill: H.R. 2541, introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) on 5/7/2019

S. 1121 – PRO Sports Act

  • Introduced: 4/10/2019
  • Sponsor: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)
  • Purpose: Prevent major professional sports leagues from qualifying for tax-exempt status. 

H.R. 2772  – The Investing in Our Communities Act     

  • Introduced: 5/15/2019
  • Sponsor: Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) 
  • Purpose: Amend the Internal Revenue Code to reinstate advance refunding bonds.

S. 1587 – The Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 5/22/2019
  • Sponsor: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Purpose: Set different rates on stocks, bonds, and derivatives based on the existing transaction costs in each market.
  • Companion Bill: H.R. 2923, introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) on 5/22/2019

H.R. 2921 – Broadband for All Act     

  • Introduced: 1/30/2019
  • Sponsor: Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Elise Stefanuk (R-NY) 
  • Purpose: Create refundable tax credits to reimburse a portion of the cost of broadband infrastructure serving limited broadband districts

H.R. 2718 - P3 Act

  • Introduced: 5/14/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
  • Purpose: Would expand the definition of private activity bonds to include green infrastructure bonds.

H.R. 3077 - Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 6/4/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)
  • Purpose: Expands the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
  • Companion Bill: S. 1703 introduced by Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Todd Young (R-IN), Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

S. 1763 - The Carbon Capture Improvement Act

  • Introduced: 6/10/2019
  • Sponsor: Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Purpose: Provides for the issuance of exempt facility bonds for qualified carbon dioxide capture facilities
  • Companion Bill: H.R. 3861 introduced by Republican Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN).

S.2039 - Greener Transportation for Communities Act

  • Introduced: 6/27/2019
  • Sponsor: Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro (D-NM)
  • Purpose: Expands PABs for zero emission charging stations

S. 1288 - Clean Energy for America Act

  • Introduced: 05/02/2019
  • Sponsor: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Purpose: Simplify the tax code and provide energy tax incentives for clean energy projects.

H.R. 3744 - Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 7/12/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
  • Purpose: Qualifies bio gas property for energy credits and renewable energy bonds.

H.R. 3967 - Municipal Bond Market Support Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 7/29/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Tom Reed (R-N)
  • Purpose: To permanently modify the limitations on the deduction of interest by financial institutions which hold tax-exempt bonds.

H.R. 2446 - No Tax Subsidies for Stadiums Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 05/01/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • Purpose: Prohibits a professional stadium bond from being treated as a tax-exempt state or local bond.
  • Companion Bill: S. 1242 introduced by Democrat Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

H.R. 1815 - SEC Disclosure Effectiveness Testing Act

  • Introduced: 03/18/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL)
  • Purpose: Requires the Securities and Exchange Commission to assess the usefulness of certain disclosure rules to retail investors.

H.R. 4572 - Government Bailout Prevention Act

  • Introduced: 09/27/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL)
  • Purpose: To prohibit the provision of Federal funds to State and local governments for payment of obligations.
  • Companion Bill: S. 2120 introduced by Republican Sen. Todd Young (R-IN).

S. 2762 - SALT Deduction Fairness Act

  • Introduced: 10/31/2019
  • Sponsor: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Purpose: Increase the limitation on the amount individuals filing jointly can deduct for certain state and local taxes.
  • Companion Bills: H.R. 1757 introduced by Democrat Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and H.R. 2894 introduced by Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL).

H.R. 3623 - Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2019

  • Introduced: 07/05/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL)
  • Purpose: Require issuers to disclose certain activities relating to climate change.
  • Companion Bill: S. 2075 introduced by Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

H.R. 4999 - To Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to Require Fairness and Diversity in Opportunity Zone Investment

  • Introduced: 11/08/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)
  • Purpose: Require fairness and diversity in opportunity zone investment.

S. 2866 - Rural Broadband Financial Flexibility Act

  • Introduced: 11/14/2019
  • Sponsor: Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
  • Purpose: Allow PABs to be used for qualified broadband projects.

H.R. 5252 - To Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to Repeal Opportunity Zones

  • Introduced: 11/22/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)
  • Purpose: Repeal opportunity zones.

H.R. 2593 - To require the Secretary of the Treasury to collect data and issue a report on the opportunity zone tax incentives enacted by the 2017 tax reform legislation, and for other purposes.

  • Introduced: 05/08/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
  • Purpose: Requires Treasury to collect data and report to Congress on investments held by qualified opportunity funds.
  • Companion Bill: S. 1344 introduced by Democrat Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

H.R. 5042 - Opportunity Zone Reform Act

  • Introduced: 11/12/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
  • Purpose: Reform rules related to qualified opportunity zones.

S. 2787 - Opportunity Zone Reporting and Reform Act

  • Introduced: 11/06/2019
  • Sponsor: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Purpose: Require reporting for qualified opportunity zones to make modifications.

H.R. 5011 - Opportunity Zone Accountability and Transparency Act

  • Introduced: 11/08/2019
  • Sponsor: Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
  • Purpose: Require reporting by qualified opportunity funds.

S. 1000 - Disaster Opportunity Zones Act

  • Introduced: 04/03/2019
  • Sponsor: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • Purpose: Allow the designation of opportunity zones for areas affected by Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and the Mendocio, Carr, Camp, Woolsey, and Hill wildfires.

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