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Legislation #: 121024 Introduction Date: 12/6/2012
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Title: Establishing the City’s positions on matters that may come before the 113th United States Congress, 1st Session, in 2013.

Legislation History
12/6/2012 Filed by the Clerk's office
12/6/2012 Immediate Adoption of Resolution
12/6/2012 Councilmember Sharp Move To Hold On Docket
12/6/2012 Held on Docket (12/13/2012)
12/13/2012 Councilmember Sharp Move to Amend
12/13/2012 Adopted as Amended

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Establishing the City’s positions on matters that may come before the 113th United States Congress, 1st Session, in 2013.


WHEREAS, the City Council established Priorities and Performance Indicators on July 18, 2012; and


WHEREAS, the aforementioned priorities have been the Council’s guide in policy making; and


WHEREAS, the City desires to publish general statements of its position on matters that may become the subject of or be affected by proposed federal legislation during the 1st Session of the 113th United States Congress in 2013, relating to said City Council priorities, NOW, THEREFORE,




That the City Council of Kansas City hereby adopts the priorities and positions below on matters that may come before the 113th United States Congress, 1st Session, in 2013.




Appropriations Requests for U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Partnership Projects – Request continued Federal funding in FY 2014 for flood risk management and water resources efforts for the following projects:


Swope Park Industrial Area - $10,000,000.00 for Construction;

Turkey Creek Basin - $6,000,000.00 for Construction;


Blue River Basin, Dodson - $10,000,000.00 for Construction;


Blue River Channel - $4,000,000.00 for Construction and project completion;


Kansas City’s (7) Levees - $11,000,000.00 for Phase 1 and $500,000.00 for Phase 2 for Design and Construction;


Missouri River Degradation - $650,000.00 for General Investigations;


Brush Creek Basin - $300,000.00 for General Investigations; and


Line Creek Basin - $100,000.00 for General Investigations.


Authorization Requests for U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Partnership Projects and Support for Programs and Policies in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) – Request passage of new WRDA legislation that provides for authorizations of the following flood risk management projects and supports those programs and policies described below:


Blue River Basin (Dodson) – Authorization to increase the 902 limit to $45,500,000.00;


Swope Park Industrial Area – Authorization for the Corps to construct the railroad flyover bridge as part of the project at the City’s cost, with the City receiving credit for the cost of the bridge towards the City’s cost share obligation (but not including the bridge cost in the total project cost), not to exceed $5,000,000.00;


Blue River Channel – Authorization to produce a General Reevaluation Report using Construction General funding consistent and in conjunction with the Project at a 50 percent Federal and 50 percent local sponsor cost share consistent with Corps feasibility studies;


Establishment of a National Levee Safety Program – Directing the Secretary of the Army (US Army Corps of Engineers) to establish a National Levee Safety Program that provides comprehensive and consistent national leadership and a focal point for the development of levee safety programs at the state/regional/local levels; and


Water Resources Infrastructure Investment – Providing standards that guide the investment in water resources infrastructure by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other relevant agencies.


Responsible Management of the Missouri River Support for efforts that assure the ongoing management of the Missouri River to meet all authorized purposes; flood control, navigation, water supply, water quality, fish and wildlife, irrigation, recreation, and hydropower, with emphasis on providing adequate flood control, water supply, channels and water flows for navigation.


Clean Water & Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Fund Program – Request the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continue to provide funding to the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Fund (SRF) program that is allocated to the States for managing and making those funds available to local projects that improve and replace combined sewers, sanitary sewers and storm sewers to achieve a cleaner, safer environment.


EPA Integrated Planning and Permitting Policy – Requesting EPA employ Clean Water Act tools to the fullest extent authorized to provide regulatory flexibility to local governments:

Support reconsideration of EPA’s Historic Interpretation that limits its authority to allow integrated planning outside the enforcement context;


Support reconsideration of EPA’s Position that Integrated Planning Can Only Include Clean Water Act Obligations and include Safe Drinking Water Act obligations as well.


Request that Congress Support Integrated Planning by Reappropriating or Reprogramming funds from the EPA enforcement account to EPA state and tribal 3 assistance grants account, for the purpose of reducing enforcement actions against local governments and increasing the capacity of state and local governments to support integrated planning through water quality plans developed under section 208 of the Clean Water Act.


Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to Enable Low-Cost Mechanisms to Leverage Funding for Drinking Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Infrastructure – Request the Federal Government enact a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and request Congress to enact such legislation to create a new and innovative financing mechanism to help meet the nation’s critical water infrastructure needs.

Water Protection and Reinvestment Act, H.R. 6249 – Support passage of the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act which would provide a deficit-neutral, consistent, and protected source of revenue to help states replace, repair, and rehabilitate critical wastewater treatment facilities. The City supports the reintroduction of this legislation.


The Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act (H.B. 709) and Community Parks Revitalization Act (S. 3583) – Support passage of these bills which would provide assistance from the Federal Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) to communities for developing and maintaining community parks in many of our nation’s urban and suburban centers. The City supports the reintroduction of this legislation.




Access to Health Care and Public Health Interventions – Continue support for full funding and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act including opposition to its repeal and support for the Prevention and Public Health Fund provided and the Community Transformation grants.


Federal Block Grants for Prevention – Continue to support Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant; increase funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and increase funding for the Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant.


Farm Bill – Support reauthorization of the Farm Bill to maintain funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) and the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP) for low income children.




Emergency Preparedness and Response – Support enabling legislation and additional funding for Public Health Emergency Preparedness that includes provisions for annual influenza vaccines for health care providers, ongoing emergency response workforce and community training, comprehensive communication systems, additional public heath staffing and provision of liability protection for qualified volunteers.


Violence as a Public Health Issue – Support enactment of federal legislation for a relief program for cities addressing high rates of crime and violence through public health based community prevention efforts.


Violence Prevention Funding – Encourage allocation by the Federal Government of funding to expand evidence based behavior change models to provide additional coverage in high crime areas of Kansas City.


Section 4. GOVERNANCE.


Land and Water Conservation Funding – Direct 40% of all Land and Water Conservation Funding to the State Assistance Program and provide full and dedicated funding for LWCF at the maximum amount authorized by law ($900 million annually).




Tax Exempt Municipal Bonds - Maintain existing tax exemption status for municipal bonds, which are the primary vehicle for financing infrastructure projects. Elimination of the tax exemption would weaken local governments’ ability to provide service at a low cost to constituents and would result in fewer new projects and a higher cost of services to the local community.


Biomedical Research. Sustain funding for federal research agencies that are critical to high value job growth including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and agencies that provide funding for bioscience research, development, and commercialization, and encourage research consortia.


Section 6. KCIC PRIORITIES. The City supports the legislative priorities adopted by the Kansas City Industrial Council for the 113th United States Congress, 1st Session, in 2013.


Section 7. MOARC PRIORITIES. The City supports the legislative priorities adopted by the Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition for the 113th United States Congress, 1st Session, in 2013.




MAP-21. Support the full funding of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21) [P.L. 112-141], which is a two-year transportation authorization. Support a five year reauthorization of these programs, including maximum local control of the use of these funds.


TIGER. Advocate for the funding of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program.


Section 9. MARINE CORPS. Secure the continued operation of the Marine Corps data center in Kansas City.


Section 10. WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT (WIA) (H.R. 4297). Support the strong local governance role currently established in WIA. Oppose the consolidation of WIA funding into a state block grant, which would place primary decision-making on workforce development at the state rather than the local level. The City supports the reintroduction of this legislation.


Section 11. MUSEUM DESIGNATION. Support the reintroduction and passage of H.R. 6364 which would designate the Liberty Memorial of Kansas City as the “National World War I Museum and Memorial.”


Section 12. FAA TRAINING FACILITY. Support the relocation of the FAA Training Facility to Kansas City, Missouri.