APWA – Washington Report – December 8, 2020

December 8, 2020  Visit the ‘Advocacy News’ page on the APWA website and follow @APWAGOVAFFAIRS on Twitter to stay apprised of Government Affairs information, and explore APWA’s Member Advocacy tools:

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LATEST NEWS  Congressional Updates
FY 2021 Appropriations Update–CR Expires December 11, 2020
This Friday at midnight, the current continuing resolution (CR) funding federal government operations and programs expires.House Releases WRDA Legislation

December 8, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure released Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 text.Defense Bill Includes PFAS Provisions
December 3, the House and Senate released the Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes several provisions related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

APWA AdvocacyAPWA Advocates for Public Works Vaccination Priority

APWA President Mary Joyce Ivers and CEO Scott Grayson sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention advocating for frontline public works professionals to be included as a high priority group to receive approved CDC COVID-19 vaccines.

Executive Branch and Regulations
NEPA Revisions See Court Action
The Trump Administration has asked a court to dismiss a legal challenge to its proposed revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).NHTSA Releases Proposal for Framework on Automated Driving Systems

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Automated Driving Systems (ADS) safety.FEMA Seeking Comments on Emergency Operations Center Toolkit Documents

Beginning December 1, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will accept feedback on two (2) Emergency Operations Center Toolkit documents until January 5, 2021.ON THE HORIZONDecember 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation Subcommittee on Transportation & Safety has scheduled a hearing, “The Logistics of Transporting a COVID-19 Vaccine;”December 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET, the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has scheduled a hearing to examine the impact on small business from the 2020 Paycheck Protection Program.