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Home Committee Considers Fiscal 2024 Invoice

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The transportation funding committee within the U.S. Home of Representatives will contemplate a fiscal 2024 transportation invoice July 18.

The invoice, which might dedicate $90.2 billion for the departments of Transportation and Housing and City Improvement, was superior by a subcommittee final week. The measure would supply $891.3 million for the Federal Motor Provider Security Administration, an company tasked with regulating business vans and buses.

Transportation, and Housing and City Improvement, and Associated Businesses Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) applauded the Republican-led legislative effort.

“The invoice earlier than the subcommittee responsibly funds our most crucial transportation and housing wants, which can have a constructive affect on each congressional district,” he mentioned.

Reps. Mike Quigley (D-Unwell.), left, and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) 

Democrats, nevertheless, expressed opposition to the invoice. In contrast with fiscal 2023, the Home invoice would improve funding ranges by almost $3 billion. It’s, nevertheless, almost 9% lower than the White Home’s funds request for the upcoming fiscal 12 months.

“I’m dissatisfied that the Republican 2024 Transportation, Housing, and City Improvement invoice fails to satisfy the wants of People,” subcommittee rating member Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Unwell.) mentioned. “At a time when too many individuals in America don’t have a spot to name residence or lack entry to inexpensive transportation choices, the [fiscal 2024 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development] invoice slashes funding for brand new inexpensive housing for many areas of the nation and commuter and passenger rail. As an alternative, we must be investing in applications to assist communities enhance their commutes, journey safely, redevelop distressed housing and entice financial improvement.

“Sadly, the invoice falls too in need of these important investments. The Republican THUD invoice units America again in a time we have to transfer ahead.”

Total, the Home invoice would supply $62 billion for the Federal Freeway Administration, $19.5 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration, $14.6 billion for the Federal Transit Administration, $1.4 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration and $1.2 billion for the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration.

Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), left, and Susan Collins (R-Maine) 

On the opposite aspect of the Capitol, Senate funding leaders scheduled consideration of their model of the transportation appropriations invoice this week. Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) not too long ago indicated they’re “decided to proceed working collectively in a bipartisan method to craft severe funding payments that may be signed into regulation. Protecting the Senate appropriations course of shifting full steam forward and in a bipartisan approach is important.”

At a listening to within the Home this 12 months, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg referred to as on lawmakers to assist the White Home’s fiscal 2024 funds request. The president proposed almost $1 billion for FMCSA.

“Our transportation system is at a turning level,” Buttigieg insisted. “We’re lastly within the strategy of renewing its bodily foundations, however we’re additionally grappling with severe vulnerabilities — particularly in areas the place federal oversight and regulation have been undermined — which pose very actual risks to employees, households and communities.”

To avert a partial authorities shutdown, fiscal-year funding authority for federal companies requires renewal by Oct. 1.

The Week Forward (All occasions Japanese)

July 18, 10:30 a.m.: The Home Appropriations Committee considers a fiscal 2024 transportation funding invoice. Watch the listening to right here.

July 20, 9:30 a.m.: The Senate Atmosphere and Public Works Committee meets for a listening to titled, “The Water Sources Improvement Act of 2024: Non-Federal Stakeholder Views.”

July 20, 10:30 a.m.: The Senate Appropriations Committee considers a fiscal 2024 transportation funding invoice.

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Pack your baggage: Uncle Sam is specializing in transportation security with the summer season journey season effectively underway, Secretary Buttigieg says.

Legislative Docket

Freight stakeholders are calling on congressional policymakers to additional facilitate entry to navy bases and installations. The teams, representing trucking in addition to shifting and storage corporations, level to a provision tucked within the annual protection coverage invoice. The huge reauthorizing laws was permitted July 14 within the U.S. Home of Representatives by a vote of 219-210. The availability was launched by Reps. Mark Alford (R-Mo.) and John Garamendi (D-Calif.).

Reps. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), left, and Mark Alford (R-Mo.) 

Stakeholders argue the supply would “characterize significant and cheap options that can profit tens of millions of individuals, particularly those that require routine entry to navy installations.”

“Such entry requirements have to be constant throughout navy installations, embrace procedures to facilitate recurring unescorted entry for ‘lined people,’ and require [Department of Defense] to just accept credentials that exist already for non-DOD personnel, such because the Division of Homeland Safety’s Transportation Employee Identification Credential,” American Trucking Associations, ATA’s Shifting & Storage Convention, the HomeSafe Alliance and the Authorities Freight Convention not too long ago wrote to members of the Armed Providers committees.

“To be clear, truck drivers, motor carriers and family items movers are [Department of Defense] companions, they’re typically vetted by the federal authorities,” the teams continued, “and plenty of have safety clearances and/or different federally acknowledged safety credentials.”


Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer continues to assist the nomination of Julie Su for secretary of labor amid pushback from Senate Republicans. A ground vote on Su’s nomination has not been scheduled since her committee approval in April. She presently serves as performing secretary on the Labor Division.

“I feel she’ll be an excellent labor secretary, and we’re working onerous to get her permitted,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) advised reporters on Capitol Hill on July 11.

In the meantime, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced his opposition to the nomination.

“I consider the individual main the U.S. Division of Labor ought to have the expertise to collaboratively lead each labor and business to forge compromises acceptable to each events,” Manchin mentioned July 13. “Whereas her credentials and {qualifications} are spectacular, I’ve real considerations that Julie Su’s extra progressive background prevents her from doing this, and for that motive I can not assist her nomination to function secretary of labor.”

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on July 11

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