The Board of Supervisors’ agenda for its federal lobbyists has been updated for the new administration and new Congress with instructions to look out for President Donald J. Trump’s infrastructure plans, and to expand access to Naloxone.
Loudoun’s first responders use Naloxone for emergency treatment of opioid overdoses, and counted at least 225 times they administered the drug in 2016. The county is also directing its lobbying firm monitor grant funding for the Heroin Operations Team, and regional effort to address the growing heroin and opioid addition crisis.
The county’s lobbyists will also be on the lookout for cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency that would hurt the Superfund program and other EPA programs. The county has a Superfund site at the Hidden Lane Landfill near CountrySide and the Town of Hillsboro has received State Revolving Loan Funds from the EPA in the past.
Those concerns join other ongoing lobbying issues on the county’s list, including preventing further perimeter rule exemptions at Reagan National Airport, which allow it to compete with Dulles for long-haul flights; putting Loudoun back into the General Services Administration’s higher DC-area rates for traveling federal employees; expanding rural broadband and cellular access; building an equine quarantine facility near Dulles Airport; and other ongoing efforts such as finding reliable funding for the Metro system.
The county first hired the lobbying firm, The Ferguson Group LLC, in 2014.