ACPA is pleased to present just a few 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!
House T&I Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to engage and talk with President Trump again about finding common ground on revenue for a large infrastructure package.
Senate EPW Committee Chairman Barrasso (R-WY), along with Senators Carper (D-DE), Capito (R-WV) and Cardin (D-MD), introduced legislation to repeal the rescission of $7.6 billion in federal-aid contract authority scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2020 without action by Congress. PCA supports this effort because if the rescission is not repealed, Senators Barrasso and Carper have indicated they will not be able to move forward with a long-term reauthorization of the FAST Act. Also, many state DOTs will hold back on signing contracts for projects as they wait for certainty about federal funding.
The House passed a minibus appropriations bill that included appropriations for the Department of Transportation. This bill provides $86.6 billion in total budgetary resources to the agency, which is a $167 billion over the 2019 enacted level. The accompanying report language directs the Federal Aviation Administration to invest research funds in the Airfield Pavement Research Program, which ACPA and PCA worked to get reauthorized as part of the FAA reauthorization bill last year.
The House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee passed the Safer Pipelines Act of 2019 (H.R. 3432) in a voice vote on June 26. The bill will reauthorize the US DOT’s pipeline safety program, provide grants for emergency response, and make it easier for the public to sue pipeline operators for negligence. Authorization for the program expires September 30. Reauthorization is important to the cement industry because natural gas is a fuel in cement manufacturing.
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