The APWA Washington Report newsletter covers the latest United States national legislative and regulatory news affecting public works and public works professionals. Current issues of the newsletter are available here, or you can use the links to the right of this page to view issues from past years.

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July 27, 2015

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

July 20, 2015

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

July 13,  2015

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • “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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

March 30, 2015

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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