APWA Washington Report

May 8, 2017                                         Share:

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LATEST NEWS

APWA Board Member Bill Spearman Scheduled to Testify on the Hill

  • On May 18 at 10:00 am ET, Mr. Bill Spearman of Saluda, SC, and APWA Director-at-Large Environmental Management, will testify before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee;
  • The subject of the May 18 hearing is integrated planning;
  • Additional information and a link to watch the hearing will be provided in next week’s APWA Washington Report.

Highlights of Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations

  • Last week a $1.1 trillion appropriations package was signed into law and will fund the Federal Government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017), which runs through September 30;
  • $500 million has been included for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, which had been cited for elimination by the President;
  • Funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  increases $1.52 billion over  FY 2016 to an overall level of $51 billion;
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will receive $11.6 billion, which is an increase of $91 million over FY 2016;
  • Energy and water programs, which includes the Department of Energy and the Army Corps of Engineers, will receive $37.8 billion in funding, a $586 million increase over FY 2016;
  • Agencies funded through Interior-Environment appropriations, which includes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will receive $32.6 billion for FY 2017, an increase of $408.1 million over FY 2016;
  • Work now officially starts on FY 2018, which begins October 1, and may prove to be just as challenging with the House only scheduled for 50 in-session work days between now and the end of FY 2017.

APWA and Infrastructure Week Jointly Promoting Two Weeks in May

  • May 21-27, 2017 marks the 57th year of celebrating National Public Works Week;
  • Infrastructure Week will be celebrating its 5th year May 15-19, 2017 just prior to National Public Works Week;
  • Both organizations are working together to promote the two weeks in May as a way to draw more attention to the importance of investing in all facets of U.S. infrastructure and the crucial role public works plays in our society;
  • A joint press release has been issued and may be viewed here.

Trump Administration Updates

  • This week the Senate will vote on the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to serve as Administrator for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA);
  • The Senate also plans to vote on the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be the next U.S. Trade Representative.

EPA Seeks Comments on Reducing Regulations

  • The EPA is calling for public input regarding existing regulations which could be repealed, replaced or modified per Executive Order (E.O) 13777;
  • This past February, President Trump signed E.O. 13777  which is intended to “…alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people”;
  • The order also requires each agency to create a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and to identify regulations which could be repealed, replaced or modified to be less burdensome;
  • Comments are due to the EPA by May 15, 2017, and are to be submitted online at Regulations.gov using Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190.

ON THE HORIZON

  • The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation & Infrastructure has a hearing scheduled for May 9 at 2:30 pm ET to examine the role of the public & private sectors in water resources–click here for more information;
  • On May 10 at 10:00 am ET, the Senate EPW will hold a full committee hearing on state views for modernizing the Endangered Species Act–click here for more information;
  • The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on May 10 at 10:00 am ET focusing on the cybersecurity landscape and threats—click here for more information.