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News from Capitol Hill

This is the latest installment of highlights of PCA’s “This Week in Washington” update. 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!

  • Congressional leaders are negotiating to stop a government shutdown before October 1 by passing a continuing resolution (CR). The CR would likely extend current funding levels through mid-November.  The House may vote on a CR as early as this week. 
  • The House Highways and Transit Subcommittee held another hearing on reauthorizing the FAST Act, this time emphasizing congestion pricing. Congestion pricing is a way to raise additional revenue and to address concerns that a vehicle miles traveled fee could unfairly penalize rural residents. Democrats and Republicans raised concerns about this topic. Some Representatives used the hearing to express their support for moving forward with a long-term reauthorization bill. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) emphasized the need for long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, along with updating underlying policies within the surface transportation program.
  •  The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a plan to split $1.3 trillion in discretionary sending for FY20 across 12 appropriations bills. For the bill that funds the Department of Transportation, the committee allocated $74.3 billion, which is $1.5 billion less than the bill passed by the House.

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PCA Moves DC Office

The Portland Cement Association last week moved its Washington, D.C. offices to a new building.  Please update your records to the Association’s new address at 200 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 200, Washington D.C., 20001.  The main phone number for the office, 202.408.9494, remains the same. 

News from Capitol Hill

This is the latest installment of highlights of PCA’s “This Week in Washington” update. 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!

  • With the end of August recess, Members of Congress have returned for three weeks. Officially, there are 13 legislative days before the next recess period, although the Senate will meet for 15 days this month. Year to date, U.S. Senators have introduced 2,442 bills and taken 252 roll call votes, 16 of which have become law. In the lower chamber, U.S. Representatives have introduced 4,214 bills, taken 514 votes and enacted 40 of those into law. With issues such as the economy, trade wars, the Democratic Presidential Campaign, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), gun violence and natural disasters drawing attention away from legislative issues, it will be difficult to predict what business will be finished in the next three weeks.
  • The deadline every year to fund the federal government is September 30, so Congress will need to agree on either a short- or a long-term solution before the next recess. There are also 10 other legislative items that expire on the same date. Congress will also need to pass a defense authorization bill, which they have done every year since 1961. Lawmakers also should consider the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization and two dozen tax breaks or “tax extenders” that expired at the start of 2018.
  • The PCA Government Affairs team moved into new offices at 200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 200, 2nd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001. 

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News from Capitol Hill

This is the latest installment of highlights of PCA’s “This Week in Washington” update. 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!

  • The Congressional Budget Office last week released an annual update to the 10-year Budget and Economic Outlook. The report shows little change in the forecast of the Highway Trust Fund. Spending levels are expected to be about ~$1.9 billion lower each year as a result of lower  annual inflation anticipated for the 10-year forecast window.
  • Congress continues its August recess through September 6.  During this time, many U.S. Senators and Representatives are spending some or most of their time in their home states and districts.  Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session on September 9.

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* Advocacy Interest Membership is a special individual membership category. To be eligible for membership in this category, a member must be a stockholder, owner, director, or employee of a member admitted to any other class of membership (Article IV, Section a-i, and l). In addition, to become and remain eligible, individuals must affirm their Advocacy Interest Membership annually.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

 

News from Capitol Hill

This is the latest installment of highlights of PCA’s “This Week in Washington” update. 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!

  • At the Democratic party’s second Presidential debates on July 31 and August 1, there were some common signs of agreement. The candidates expressed support for bringing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, significant economic changes with measures to help workers transition, and trillions of dollars of federal investment in technology and infrastructure.
  • Following the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Bipartisan Budget Actof 2019 (by a vote of 67 to 28), the bill was signed by President Donald Trump on August 2. The two-year budget deal sets spending levels, prevents $125 billion in automatic funding cuts, and extends the debt ceiling.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to amend requirements for storing and handling coal ash for beneficial reuse. Instead of raising the current 12.4-ton beneficial use storage threshold to address a math error in the current rule (raised by PCA and others in prior comments), EPA is proposing to replace the beneficial use exception with generic, location-based standards and risk-based containment requirements. Once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register, there will be a 60-day comment period.
  • President Trump announced on August 1 that he will impose a 10% tariff on some $300 billion worth of Chinese goods starting September 1. This expansion mostly covers consumer goods.
  • The Federal Reserve announced a quarter-point point cut to the federal funds rate on July 31. The rate is what banks and other similar institutions charge one another for short-term borrowing. Central banks in other countries also have cut interest rates, a sign of monetary policy easing.

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* Advocacy Interest Membership is a special individual membership category. To be eligible for membership in this category, a member must be a stockholder, owner, director, or employee of a member admitted to any other class of membership (Article IV, Section a-i, and l). In addition, to become and remain eligible, individuals must affirm their Advocacy Interest Membership annually.

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2020 Concrete Foundations Convention

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