City of Houston Federal Update

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Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Government Relations Team has been aggressive in advocating on behalf of the City of Houston at the federal government. Since taking office in 2021, the Biden Harris Administration has been active in working with cities across the United States. Congress has also created policy changes that have provided more resources directly affecting the quality of life for Houstonians.

This Federal Update provides a report on major pieces of legislation and how Houston is competing along with other cities in Texas. Specifically, the report summarizes how the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is being used, how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA) is bringing local projects, how the City of Houston is taking advantage of the return of earmarks, and finally detailing the city’s advocacy at the Executive and Legislative Branches.

A first of its kind report, this Federal Update provides an overview summary of major programs and issues for the city. Not every effort that the Government Relations team is engaged with are detailed, however this information does cover the major efforts. Houstonians can see the details of how national initiatives are impacting the city along with competitive grants awarded to the city.

The Government Relations Team hopes this Federal Update serves as a resource to better inform the public of the efforts and details of Houston’s federal work.

Federal Issues

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American Rescue
Plan Act (ARPA)

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) helped address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic for Houstonians.

Bipartisan Infrastructure law

Infrastructure Law

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act - IIJA) is a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness.

Earmarked Funding


After an absence for ten years, Congressional earmarks returned in 2021 and have been rebranded as “community project funding.”

Executive and Legislative Advocacy


With both the White House and Congress, Mayor Turner has worked with our Executive and Legislative leaders on behalf of the City of Houston.