This is the latest installment of highlights of PCA’s “This Week in Washington” update by Rachel Derby, PCA Vice President of Legislative Affairs. Interested in seeing more?  Become an ACPA Advocacy Interest Member.* Advocacy Interest Members are eligible to participate in the Legislative Issues Committee (LIC). Click here to join!

  • Topping the legislative news this week is the Senate EPW Committee’s passage of the proposed transportation reauthorization bill.  Click here for details and ACPA’s perspectives.

In other news from Washington, DC …

  • By a vote of 52-40, the U.S. Senate confirmed Steve Dickson to be the next FAA administrator. The FAA has had an acting administrator for the past year.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (BBA, H.R. 3877) in a vote of 284 to 149. The $2.7 trillion bill sets budget levels for two years and prevents $125 billion in automatic cuts that were part of a 2011 budget agreement. It also suspends the debt ceiling for two years. The Transportation Construction Coalition and the Highway Materials Group have expressed support, seeking for the agreement to include a provision to cancel the $7.6 billion highway contract authority rescission scheduled to take effect July 1, 2020.
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced legislation to repeal the rescission of $7.6 billion in federal-aid contract authority that is currently set to take place on July 1, 2020. PCA has weighed in with Congressional leadership in support of a repeal.
  • The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a roundtable with railroad shippers. Mmembers of the subcommittee heard from rail shippers who expressed concerns about demurrage fees and precision-scheduled railroading. Members of the Surface Transportation Board were present to hear the points made by witnesses. Demurrage is costing cement company members money in terms of what railroads charge, and adding to the expense, precision-scheduled railroading is not guaranteeing shipments are shippedat specified times.  

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