NGA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

The Office of Government Relations works to ensure that governors’ views are represented in shaping federal policy by maintaining regular contact with congressional leaders and key administration officials, keeping up-to-date information on critical state–federal issues and coordinating state action.

We work closely with governors’ Washington, D.C., office representatives, state-federal contacts and other state and local government organizations to maximize the effectiveness of NGA’s lobbying activities. Specifically, our staff serve as policy experts and liaisons to Congress and executive branch agencies and coordinate the work and policy activities of NGA committees.

COVID-19 Response

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Governors have been on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus. NGA provides policy experts for response management, serves as a liaison to Congress and federal agencies, and facilitates state cooperation and collaboration as governors address both the public health and economic aspect of this crisis. For more please see our coronavirus response page.

Staff

Tiffany Waddell—Director of Government Relations

Tim Carlton—Legislative Director

Richard Lukas—Legislative Director

Mary Catherine Ott—Legislative Director

Maribel Ramos—Legislative Director

Alex Whitaker—Legislative Director

Badiki Ebenja—Legislative Associate

Courtney Scarbin—Legislative Coordinator

Advocacy Communications Library

National Governors Association Advocates Extension of REAL ID Deadline

National Governors Association Advocates Extension of REAL ID Deadline

March 17, 2020 The Honorable Chad WolfActing SecretaryDepartment of Homeland SecurityWashington, D.C. 20528 Dear Acting Secretary Wolf: Governors, states and ...
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State and Local Coalition Calls for Federal Broadband Investment

State and Local Coalition Calls for Federal Broadband Investment

A coalition of organizations representing state and local governments released the following statement in response to hearings on the FY ...
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Governors' Urge Swift Passage of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

Governors’ Urge Swift Passage of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

March 4, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate U.S. Capitol Building, Room S-230 Washington, D.C. 20510The ...
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National Governors Association Comments on Proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule

National Governors Association Comments on Proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule

January 29, 2020 The Honorable Seema VermaAdministratorCenters for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesDepartment of Health and Human ServicesAttention: CMS-2393-PP.O. Box 8016Baltimore, ...
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Letter to Congressional Leadership in Support of Family First Transition Act

Letter to Congressional Leadership in Support of Family First Transition Act

December 17, 2019 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate U.S. Capitol Building, Room S-230 Washington, D.C. 20510 ...
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Coalition Letter on Repealing the $7.6 billion FAST Act Rescission of Highway Contract Authority

Coalition Letter on Repealing the $7.6 billion FAST Act Rescission of Highway Contract Authority

November 14, 2019 The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, United States SenateThe Honorable Charles E. Schumer, Democratic Leader, United States ...
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Letter regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule, “Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification.”

Letter regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule, “Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification.”

October 18, 2019 The Honorable Andrew Wheeler Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, DC 20004Dear Administrator Wheeler:We write to ...
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Letter from State and Local Government Organizations Advocating One-Year Extension of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program

Letter from State and Local Government Organizations Advocating One-Year Extension of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program

September 19, 2019 Chairman Richard E. NealHouse Committee on Ways and Means2309 Cannon BuildingWashington, DC 20515 Ranking Member Kevin BradyHouse ...
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Letter Regarding Priorities for the National Defense Authorization Act

Letter Regarding Priorities for the National Defense Authorization Act

September 12, 2019 The Honorable James InhofeChairman Senate Armed Services Committee218 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable ...
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Coalition Comments on Potential Federal Legislation on Autonomous Vehicles

Coalition Comments on Potential Federal Legislation on Autonomous Vehicles

The Honorable Roger WickerChairmanSenate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation The Honorable Frank Pallone, Jr.ChairmanHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce ...
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Coalition Letter of Support for Repeal of FAST Act Rescission

Coalition Letter of Support for Repeal of FAST Act Rescission

September 12, 2019The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, United States SenateThe Honorable Charles E. Schumer, Minority Leader, United States SenateThe ...
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Governors Applaud Bipartisan Surface Transportation Deal

Governors Applaud Bipartisan Surface Transportation Deal

Congress Encouraged to Pass Long-Term Reauthorization of Federal Surface Transportation Programs Today the National Governors Association (NGA) released the following ...
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