Washington Report: 2019 Issues

December 16, 2019

  • FY 2020 Appropriations Update
  • PFAS Language has “50-50” Odds of Inclusion in FY 2020 Appropriations Package

April 29, 2019

  • President Trump and Democrats to Meet on Infrastructure Plans
  • DOT Announces $900 Million in BUILD Grants 
  • EPA Releases PFAS Guidance for Comment 
  • DHS Releases 2019 Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places Resource Guide 

April 8, 2019 

  • House Committee Approves Budget Plan
  • DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Steps Down 
  • Mixed Messages on Infrastructure Package 
  • House Schedules Vote to Amend Language Within Stafford Act 
  • U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza Nominated to Head SBA

April 1, 2019

  • House Public Works & Infrastructure Caucus Re-Established in 116th Congress
  • APWA Committees Meeting in D.C. this Week 
  • Senate Approves New FHWA Administrator 
  • EPA Announces WIFIA Funding Availability 
  • Congress Continues Work on Disaster Relief Measure 
  • Secretary Chao Testifies on FY 2020 Budget Proposal 
  • House to Vote on Homeland Security Information Sharing Legislation 
  • President Signs EMP Executive Order 
  • FEMA Releases Annual Flood Insurance Report 

March 25, 2019

  • APWA Committees Heading to DC
  • APWA Joins State & Local Groups Advocating for Tax Exempt Bonds 
  • WOTUS Comment Deadline Remains April 15
  • President Requests $51.7 Billion for DHS 
  • Congress Continues Work on Disaster Relief Measure 
  • White House Releases Proposal with Changes to NFIP 
  • FEMA Announces Changes to Rule Impacting Individual Assistance for a Major Disaster 
  • FEMA Announces Retroactive Payments on IHP
  • CISA Releases Paper on IoT Saftey Concerns 
  • NEMA/IAEM Release Grant Report 
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Releases National Inventory of Dams Report 

March 11, 2019

  • President Trump's FY 2020 Budget
  • APWA's Big Cities & Counties Public Works Leaders Forum Meeting in D.C. 
  • Congress Looks for Infrastructure Fixes 
  • House Committee Debates Funding Water Infrastructure 
  • Senate Hopes to Consider Disaster Relief Legislation Soon 
  • FEMA Seeks Public Feedback on NQS Supplemental Guides 
  • FEMA's Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Now Available 
  • FEMA Releases New Individual Assistance Program & Policy Guide 
  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Cybersecurity Symposium

March 4, 2019

  • House Hearing Looks at Infrastructure Resiliency
  • House Members Introduce Water Infrastructure Legislation 
  • EPA Delays Revised Lead and Copper Rule 
  • Senate to Consider Disaster Relief Legislation 
  • White House Announces NEPA Guidelines for Large Projects 
  • FEMA's Exercise Starter Kits Available 
  • DHS Intelligence Training Catalog Information Now Available 

February 25, 2019

  • WOTUS Rule Released by EPA and Corps
  • Supreme Court to Review Clean Water Act Case 
  • House Plans Vote on National Resources Management Act 
  • Coalition Against Bigger Trucks 
  • EPA Releases PFAS Action Plan
  • FEMA Releases Updated IPAWS Report 
  • CISA Letter to the Emergency Services Sector 
  • FEMA Seeks Youth Leaders for National Youth Preparedness Council

February 11, 2019 

  • CR Set to Expire February 15
  • Infrastructure Discussed in SOTU & Committee Hearings 
  • EPA Likely to Issue Groundwater Discharge Policy this Spring 
  • APWA Joins Infrastructure Working Group Advocating for Infrastructure Investment 
  • U.S. DOT Announces Transportation Research Funds 
  • Public Hearing Set for WOTUS 
  • NIST Seeking Comments on Infrastructure Security 
  • DOT Releases Pocket Guide with Transportation Statistics 
  • FEMA Announces 2019 CPI Adjustments

February 4, 2019 

  • APWA Public Policies for 116th Congress
  • FHWA Nominee Testifies 
  • Concern Over EPA Chemicals Decision 
  • Infrastructure a Focus for Committees 
  • DHS Seeks Comments on National Emergency Communications Plan 
  • FEMA Continues Future Flood Risk Reimbursement Participation 
  • Rule Addressing Private Flood Insurance Close to Completion 
  • House Plans Vote on Earthquake Preparedness Legislation 
  • Senate to Take Up Natural Resources Management Act 
  • APWA to Participate in NHSC Annual Winter Meeting

January 28, 2019

  • Short-Term Deal Reached to Reopen Federal Shutdown
  • House to Vote on Homeland Security Legislation This Week 
  • Supreme Court Unlikely to Hear Groundwater Cases Before Fall

January 14, 2019 

  • FY2019 Appropriations Update - Partial Federal Government Shutdown Continues
  • APWA Asks Congress to Invest in Water Infrastructure 
  • House Passes Interior-Environment Spending Bill 
  • House Scheduled to Vote on Supplemental Disaster Assistance 
  • Wheeler to Face Senate Nomination Hearing This Week 
  • Named Congressional Committee Chairs & Ranking Members 
  • Red Cross to Host Webinar on Using Technology for Situational Awareness

January 7, 2019 

  • FY2019 Appropriations Update
  • President to Issue EO Regarding Wildfire Prevention 
  • U.S. DOT Releases Funding for INFRA Grants 
  • Named Congressional Committee Chairs & Ranking Members

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