The Senate Appropriations Committee did not approve an amendment Thursday that would have prevented the federal government from bailing out states and localities that are in default, are at risk of default or are likely to face bankruptcy. The amendment was part of the fiscal year 2014 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, which was approved by a vote of 23 to 7 Thursday. The amendment, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Wednesday, would apply to all appropriations bills, not just the one for financial services appropriations.
The National Association of Counties sent an email message to its members Thursday informing them that it opposes the amendment. The group also sent an email to all legislative directors whose members serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the lawmakers to vote on the amendment.