Past Issues: 2015

December 14, 2015 issue

  • Short Term Budget Extension Passed; Full Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Expected Today
  • Senate Homeland Security Committee Passes Emergency Management Bill
  • CA Drought Legislation Dead

December 7, 2015 issue

  • President Obama Signs Five Year Transportation Bill into Law
  • Congress Working to Reach a Deal on FY2016 Spending
  • Microbead Legislation Set for Passage in the House this week

November 30, 2015 issue

  • House of Representatives set to pass Drinking Water Assistance Compliance Bill
  • Congress Looking At Highway Bill Deadline, Again

November 16, 2015 issue

  • Additional Time Needed for Conference on Transportation Bill
  • FY 2016 Spending Bill Talks Consumed by Policy Riders
  • Pipeline Safety bill Introduced in the Senate

November 9, 2015 issue

  • House Passed a Long Term Transportation Bill
  • Senate Fails to Advance Legislation to Revise WOTUS—Advances Bill to Overturn
  • APWA sends letter to Senate Appropriations on Combined Sewer Overflows
  • Omnibus Bill Update
  • House Ways and Means Elects a New Chairman

November 2, 2015 issue

  • House to Take up Transportation Bills after Congress Passes Short Term Extension
  • Congress and the White House Reach a Deal on the Budget and Debt Ceiling
  • Paul Ryan Elected as new Speaker of the House
  • House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Passes Drinking Water Assistance Compliance Bill
  • Senate to Consider Bills Blocking WOTUS Rule
  • Senate Passes CISA, Clears Path for Conference Negations with Companion House Bill
  • DOT Announces TIGER Grant Winners

October 26, 2015 issue

  • House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Approves 6-year Highway Bill
  • Senate to vote on Cybersecurity Bill this Week
  • House to hold Leadership Elections This Week

October 19, 2015 issue

  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Mark Up 6-year Highway Bill on Thursday
  • Congress to Debate Raising Debt Limit
  • House Leadership Still in Flux

October 12, 2015 issue

  • House T&I Chair Announces Possible Highway Bill Markup Next Week
  • Federal Highway Administration Opens Comment Period on Proposed Design Regulations for Projects on National Highway System
  • House Leadership Elections on Hold with McCarthy Dropping Out
  • US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Stays Waters of the U.S. Rule
  • Senate Energy & Natural Resources Hold Hearings on Drought in the West

October 5, 2015 issue

  • Continuing Resolution Keeps Federal Government Fully Operating Through 12/11
  • House Leadership Elections This Week
  • Highway Bill Update
  • Build America Transportation Investment Center launched by Department of Transportation
  • Hearing on Army Corps of Engineers’ Role in WOTUS
  • DOT Updates Pipeline Regulations

September 28, 2015 issue

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner to Resign from Congress
  • Senate Prepares To Pass CR before Wednesday Deadline
  • House Passes RAPID Act
  • Obama Administration Announces Actions to Expedite Project Delivery
  • EPA Proposes Revisions to Hazardous Waste Export-Import Rule

September 21, 2015 issue

  • Time is Running Out for Congress to Pass a CR
  • House to Vote on the RAPID Act This Week
  • House and Senate Committees Hold Hearings on Gold King Mine Spill
  • Senators File WOTUS Blocking Resolution

September 14, 2015 issue

  • Time Running Out for Congress to Pass CR and Avert Government Shutdown
  • APWA and 68 other Organizations Push the House to Pass a Long Term Transportation Reauthorization bill
  • DOT Reports Highway Funds can last through June 2016
  • House Transportation bill may Include More Funding than the Senate Passed bill
  • President Obama asks the Supreme Court to review Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Determinations
  • Articles of Impeachment Introduced Against EPA Administrator McCarthy 

September 8, 2015 issue

  • Appropriations and Debt Ceiling Deadlines Loom
  • Highway Authorization Update
  • Cybersecurity on Senate Agenda
  • WOTUS Lawsuits Filed
  • CO River Chemical Release by EPA
  • FY 2016 Appropriations Update

August 10, 2015 issue

  • Tell Congress to Pass a Long Term Highway Bill after Recess
  • President Obama Announces Clean Power Plan
  • Senate Pulls Cybersecurity Bill Until after Recess
  • FY 2016 Appropriations Update

August 3, 2015 issue

  • Congress Passes Three Month Extension of Federal Highway Programs
  • Senate Passes 6 Year Highway Bill with Three Years of Funding
  • USACE Memos show EPA dysfunction and possible misconduct over WOTUS
  • Possible Vote on Cybersecurity Before Senate Adjourns for Recess
  • FY 2016 Appropriations Update

July 27, 2015 issue

  • Senate Spends Weekend on Highway Bill
  • House Unlikely to Consider Senate Bill
  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Holds Brownfields Hearing

July 20, 2015 issue

  • House passes Transportation Extension, Senate bill on tap for Tuesday
  • CA Drought Legislation Passed by House
  • PHMSA Nominee Hearing this week

July 13, 2015 issue

  • Ways and Means Chair Drafting $8 Billion Highway Extension
  • Interior-Environment Appropriations Pulled from House Floor
  • CA Drought Legislation Passed by House Natural Resources Subcommittee
  • McConnell Says Senate may consider a Highway Bill this week
  • House Appropriations Subcommittee approves FY’16 Homeland Security bill
  • Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee releases Highway Safety Portion of Surface Transportation Reauthorization
  • Senators Release Bipartisan Proposal to Pay for Highway Bill
  • FY’16 Appropriations Update 

July 6, 2015 issue

  • Rural Transportation Hearing
  • Transportation Funding bill Passes Committee
  • Faster Pipeline Spill Notification Regulation Proposed
  • Senate EPW Committee Passes Long-Term Highway Bill
  • Senate Passes Amtrak Reauthorization**WOTUS Lawsuits Filed
  • FY 2016 Appropriations Update

June 22, 2015 issue

  • Senate Appropriations Committee passes FY2016 Homeland Security Bill
  • Senate Appropriations Committee passes FY2016 Interior Environment Bill
  • House Appropriations Committee Passes FY2016 Interior Environment Bill
  • House & Senate Committees host separate Transportation Funding Hearings
  • FY 2016 Appropriations Update

June 15, 2015 issue

  • Ways and Means Committee to Hold Hearing on HTF This Week
  • FEMA Launches Disaster Data Visualization Tool
  • Representatives Introduce Transportation Devolution bill
  • House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee Passes FY 2016 bill
  • Senate Passes Bill to Help Drinking Water Compliance
  • House Passes FY 2016 T-HUD Appropriations Bill
  • FY 2016 Appropriations Update

June 9, 2015 issue

  • Senators Introduce Bipartisan Brownfields Reauthorization Bill
  • Senate to Mark-up WOTUS Bill This Week
  • House Expected to Pass THUD Appropriations Bill This Week
  • Inhofe and Hatch Consider Long-term Transportation Extension
  • APWA Submits Comments to FirstNet
  • EPA Study Finds No-Risk from Hydraulic Fracking to Drinking Water

June 1, 2015 issue

  • US Senate, States and Localities Pass Resolutions and Proclamations to Recognize National Public Works Week
  • EPA and USACE Release Final Version of WOTUS Rule
  • House May Consider THUD Appropriations Bill This Week
  • DOT Secretary to Hold Press Conference on Memorial Bridge in DC
  • FY 2016 Appropriations Update
  • EPW Expected to Mark Up Transportation Bill on June 24

May 18, 2015 issue

  • Annual Transportation Bill Advanced
  • Senator Fisher introduces the Build USA Act
  • Short-Term Highway Patch to Be Considered This Week
  • Senate Committee Hearing on Highway Bill Expected in June
  • National Public Works Week is This Week

May 11, 2015 issue

  • “Low and Slow” Tour Highlights Need for Increased Infrastructure Investment
  • House Expected to Pass Bill blocking WOTUS this Week
  • First Net is Seeking Comments on the Definition of “Public Safety Entity
  • Inhofe Agrees to Support Short Term Extension through December
  • Senator Reid Threatens to Block Trade Bill without a Highway Reauthorization Bill
  • Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 2016) Budget Resolution
  • Senate Commerce Committee Hosts Hearing on Transportation Reauthorization

May 4, 2015 issue

  • Senate Finance Committee Members Introduce Legislation to Boost Infrastructure Investment
  • House Passes FY2016 Energy-Water bill despite a Presidential Veto Threat
  • House Passes FY2016 Budget Resolution
  • House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2016 T-HUD Bill
  • Senate Releases a bill to Block WOTUS Rule

April 27, 2015 issue

  • GAC holds spring meeting in DC
  • DOT Announces New Sustainable Development Program
  • House T&I Committee Releases Coast Guard Reauthorization
  • Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on FY 2016 DOT Funding
  • Administrator Fugate Presents FEMA FY 2016 Request to Congress
  • House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2016 Energy-Water Bill

April 20, 2015 issue

  • House Appropriations Energy & Water Subcommittee approves FY2016 funding bill
  • House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Approves bill to Block Waters of the US Rule
  • Senate EPW ‘Nearly Done’ Drafting Reauthorization Bill
  • Repatriation Unlikely to Fund Transportation Reauthorization

April 13, 2015 issue

  • DOT Announces $500 Million in TIGER Funding
  • Water Week 2015
  • PA Legislators Lead Statewide Roadshow Highlighting Infrastructure Needs

March 30, 2015 issue

  • Short term Highway Trust Fund Patch in the Works
  • Senate Passes Budget Resolution after Hours Long ‘Vote-a-Rama’
  • Representative Earl Blumenauer hosts Transportation Stakeholders
  • House Judiciary Committee Passes the RAPID Act (HR 348)
  • Senate Committee on Agriculture Holds hearing on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposed rule 

March 23, 2015 issue

  • Senate and House Budget Committees Approve FY 16 Budget Resolutions
  • House Holds Disaster Cost Roundtable ahead of releasing FEMA Reauthorization and Reform Bill
  • House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee hosts Hearing on Surface Transportation Reauthorization
  • Senate Releases S 741 – The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2015
  • FEMA Extends Comment Period for Flood Risk Standard Implementation Guidance

March 16, 2015 issue

  • FHWA and FTA Release Revised Guidance on the Environmental ReviewProcess
  • Senator Inhofe to Introduce WOTUS Legislation
  • Republicans Propose Ideas to Fund Highway Trust Fund

March 9, 2015 issue

  • FY 2015 Funding for the Department of Homeland Security
  • Congress Reintroduces Sustainable Water Infrastructure Act
  • Inhofe Proposes adding Keystone XL to the Highway funding bill 

March 2, 2015 issue

  • Congress Passes 1 Week CR to Avoid DHS Shutdown
  • EPW Committee Hosts Hearing on MAP-21 Reauthorization
  • House Committee Hosts Hearing on Drinking Water Systems

February 23, 2015 issue

  • Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Homeland Security Funding Update
  • APWA Hosts First Twitter Town Hall on the President’s Budget Proposal
  • Secretary Foxx Promotes the Grow America Act on Four Day Bus Tour

February 18, 2015 issue

  • APWA to Host Twitter Town Hall on the Administration’s FY2016 Budget
  • Department of Homeland Security FY2015 Funding at an Impasse
  • Transportation & Infrastructure Hearing on Transportation Reauthorization
  • House Appropriations Hearing on Army Corps Budget

February 6, 2015 issue

  • Obama Administration FY2016 Budget Request Highlights
  • Army Corps of Engineers—($4.7 billion)
  • Department of Agriculture—($24.3 billion)
  • Department of Homeland Security—($41.2 billion)
  • Department of Housing & Urban Development—($49.3 billion)
  • Department of Transportation—($94.7 billion)
  • Environmental Protection Agency—($8.6 billion)

January 2015 issue

  • DOT Secretary Foxx to Appear at EPW Hearing on Highway Bill
  • President Offers Few Specifics on Infrastructure during State of the Union Address
  • Administration Announces New Infrastructure Investment Initiatives
  • House Passes FY 15 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, Senate Debates Next Steps
  • EPA Releases Final Version of Scientific Report Supporting their Recent “WOTUS” Rule
  • USDA Announces Winning Projects for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

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