Category: News and Political Intelligence

Senate Negotiators Push to Delay Infrastructure Vote – Key Differences May Imperil Bipartisan Legislation

This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Schumer is expected to bring the bipartisan infrastructure agreement to the floor for a vote of cloture, a vote that would advance the agreement to debate in its current state without legislative text.  This vote is expected to fall short of the needed 60 votes to advance. Senate negotiators continue…
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Critical Week for Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation – BDA and MBFA Continue to Promote Muni Priorities

As Congress returns from a 2 week July 4th recess, it’s make or break time for infrastructure legislation in 2021.  With only 8 legislative days left before the month-long August recess, this week should prove crucial in determining the next steps, including key muni bond provisions.  The BDA and MBFA continue to press for the…
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Infrastructure Deal Within Reach – Muni Provisions Remain a Priority

A bipartisan group of 21 Senators has come to a soft agreement with the Biden Administration on a $1 trillion infrastructure package.  While the deal has yet to receive support from Congressional Leadership, this is a promising step.  The group plans to meet with the President this afternoon. The framework includes nearly $600 billion in…
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Direct Pay Bonds and PABs Remain in Spotlight – Other Muni Provisions Expected to Receive Continued Support

As noted yesterday, a bipartisan group of 21 senators released the latest infrastructure compromise, a $1 trillion package with nearly $600 billion of new spending.  While light on pay-for details, the package did include some details on how the group plans to finance the plan, which includes a new direct-pay bond and references to increased private investment…
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Bipartisan Senate Group Releases Updated Infrastructure Proposal

Last night, a group of 21 Senators released their much-anticipated infrastructure compromise. The package comes with a price tag of $1.2 trillion dollars, including over $570 billion in new spending. The package allocates $110 billion on roads and bridges, $66 billion on the rail, and $48.5 billion on transit as well monies for Democratic priorities…
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Infrastructure and Municipals Expectations and Predictions for the Remainder of 2021

Many questions remain unanswered as we enter the 6th month of infrastructure discussions with little tangible accomplishments achieved.  While some compromise has been reached in recent weeks, frankly, both parties remain miles apart and the most likely outcome is an infrastructure spending bill passed via reconciliation with only Democratic votes. However, that as well remains…
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Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks Falter House Muni Caucus Adds Republican Co-Chair

Following a White House meeting between President Biden and Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) yesterday afternoon, time is running out on hopes for a large-bipartisan infrastructure package. Key differences remain between negotiating parties such as what actually constitutes infrastructure and how to pay for such a large spending package. Following the meeting, Administration officials made…
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Biden Administration Proposes Increase in PAB Limits Amongst Other Potential Tax Changes

The Biden Administration has released its annual “Green Book,” which includes a plethora of proposed tax changes for the coming fiscal year.  While many changes proposed in the Treasury document are historically ignored on Capitol Hill, these documents can be used as a road map for where the Administration’s priorities lie. Bond Components The “Green Book”…
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MBFA Submits Testimony to House and Senate Committees Supporting Muni Financing of Infrastructure

Today, the Municipal Bonds for America Council (MBFA) submitted testimony to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committee following recent hearings featuring municipal bond financing in the context of infrastructure. While the hearings covered a wide variety of funding and financing measures, bonds were at the center of many bipartisan…
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Senate Leadership Waivers on Infrastructure Process – Munis Remain a Bipartisan Priority

Early this week, news began to emerge from Capitol Hill that Senate Democratic Leadership may be shifting course in the short term on the size and scope of infrastructure spending for this year due to a budgetary time crunch.  While details are still being worked out, at this time it seems that infrastructure may come…
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Bonds Receive Bipartisan Support in Senate Hearing – House to Host Muni Hearing Today

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee hosted a hearing titled, Funding and Financing Options to Bolster American Infrastructure.  While the hearing covered a wide variety of funding and financing measures, bonds were at the center of many bipartisan agreements.  The House Committee on Ways and Means will host a similar hearing later this morning.  The MBFA…
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Infrastructure in America: Ashland – Greenwood (NE) School Bond

As part of its ongoing Infrastructure in America: Munis Since 1812 initiative to highlight bond-financed infrastructure, the MBFA is featuring a recent school bond issuance that helped finance substantial improvements in the rapidly growing Ashland-Greenwood Nebraska School district. The issuance was underwritten by member firm D.A. Davidson. Click the image below to learn more about…
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MBFA Meets with Key Hill and Administration Staff Promoting Muni Priorities

The Municipal Bonds for America Council hosted a “virtual fly-in” for Steering Committee members over the past week.  The meetings focused on municipal bonds in the context of infrastructure financing and proved productive as both Congress and the Administration have begun to take concrete steps towards the introduction of a massive infrastructure package. The MBFA met with…
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Biden Administration Continues Bipartisan Infrastructure Push – MBFA Hosts Virtual Fly-In

As the infrastructure debate continues and Congress moves towards taking its first legislative steps, the Biden Administration is signaling its willingness to compromise and strike a deal with Congressional Republicans.  This week, the President is expected to host Leadership from Congress, both Republican and Democrat, in an effort to find common ground and a path forward to bipartisan…
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President Biden Hits the Road (and Rail) to Tout Infrastructure Plan Muni Legislation Continues to Gain Steam

As Congress steps away from Washington for a two-week recess, President Biden continues to travel the country touting his Administrations Build Back Better plan,  which includes a robust 2+ trillion-dollar infrastructure component. Following a late-week stop at a Philadelphia Amtrack station, the Biden Administration reiterated their current stance of working to strike a deal with…
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Starting this Week: MBFA Virtual Fly-In Infrastructure and Municipal Bonds May 7-12

The Municipal Bonds for America council is planning a “virtual fly-in” for Steering Committee members starting this Friday. As infrastructure continues to move on Capitol Hill, members will have the opportunity to discuss these key muni priorities with DC decision-makers in the House, Senate, and in the Administration: Restoration of tax-exempt advance refundings; Expansion of…
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Bipartisan Senate Direct Pay Bill to be Introduced Today

This afternoon, Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are expected to reintroduce the American Infrastructure Bonds Act,   a bill that would create a new direct pay taxable bond in the mold on the Build America Bond but exempt from sequestration. Similar legislation was introduced in the House last week, the Lift Act,…
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Direct Pay Bonds Remain in the Spotlight

Following the release of the LIFT Act municipal bond financing package and the continued momentum towards a robust infrastructure bill, this morning Politico Pro produced a spotlight piece on bonds, specifically a BABs revival which remains a priority for the MBFA and BDA The article can be viewed here. The Politico piece tracks closely to recent…
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President Biden to Host Lawmakers for Infrastructure Discussion

Later today, President Biden is expected to host a bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers to discuss infrastructure and the potential for legislation this year, the second meeting of this kind in April. Of note for today’s meeting is that all lawmakers invited were former Mayors or Governors, a sign that the Biden Administration is…
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Rep. Terri Sewell to Introduce a Bill to Reinstate Advance Refundings, Other Priorities

We expect that later this morning Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) will introduce the “Local  Infrastructure Financing Tools (LIFT) Act.” The bill will include several BDA and MBFA priorities, including: Reinstate advance refundings as they were in pre-2018 tax law. This provision would take effect 30 days after the date of enactment. Expand bank-qualified bonds. The…
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