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Secretary Buttigieg to Defend Finances in Congress, Once more

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To kick off the spring legislative agenda, funding leaders within the U.S. Home scheduled a evaluate of the president’s fiscal 2024 price range request for transportation applications.

A Republican-led appropriations subcommittee, tasked with drafting specs for funding allocations for all issues U.S. Division of Transportation, intends to scrutinize a White Home request designed to facilitate the implementation of a 2021 infrastructure regulation.

Oversight of this $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Funding and Jobs Act is central to GOP leaders’ coverage goals this yr. The Biden administration’s chief ambassador of the big-picture bipartisan infrastructure measure is Secretary Pete Buttigieg. As chief of DOT, he’s scheduled on April 20 to supply an in-depth learn about his portion of the White Home’s $6.9 trillion price range request for the upcoming fiscal yr. (Watch the listening to right here)

Comparatively current high-profile transportation crises, in addition to mishaps, are prone to dominate the bulk’s discussions with the secretary. Funding will increase are being proposed to enhance security in air journey, the nation’s highways and the transport of products through freight rail.

Buttigieg defined President Joe Biden’s price range proposal final month at a listening to with senators. He pointed to requires rising funding for rail, transit and myriad security applications.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (Senate Appropriations Committee) 

“Collectively we’re stewards of a transportation system that’s lastly seeing renewal in its bodily foundations however exhibits actual factors of vulnerability that endanger communities and staff — particularly within the locations the place federal oversight and regulation have been undermined,” the secretary informed senators in March. “Congress in recent times has proven itself able to delivering a bipartisan infrastructure regulation that evaded our predecessors for many years.”

“Now,” he continued, “we’d like that very same bipartisan power to maintain these ongoing infrastructure investments — and to make progress on security laws that shield Individuals driving, flying, strolling, driving — and counting — on that infrastructure.”

What’s within the price range?

The request for the Division of Transportation:

Federal Freeway Administration $60.8 billion

Federal Transit Administration $17 billion

Federal Railroad Administration $4.8 billion

Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration $1.3 billion

Federal Motor Service Security Administration $1 billion

Pipeline and Hazardous Supplies Security Administration $387.3 million

In the meantime, Home Republicans governing within the majority are touting their file 100 days into the present congressional time period. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) noticed, “In simply 100 days, T&I Republicans have led efforts to cross payments to resume our nation’s power independence, shield Individuals from the overreaching Biden Waters of the US rule and finish the COVID-19 nationwide emergency declaration.”

He added, “We’re additionally fulfilling our promise to offer wanted oversight of the Biden administration and efficiently satisfied the Federal Freeway Administration to considerably revise and exchange its steering memo that tried to undo the pliability offered to states within the Infrastructure Funding and Jobs Act. And we’re solely simply getting began.”

The Week Forward (all occasions Jap)

April 18, 10 a.m.: The Home Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hosts a listening to to permit members of the chamber to announce coverage and funding requests for his or her congressional districts.

April 18, 1:30 p.m.: The Home Commerce, Justice, Science and Associated Businesses Appropriations Subcommittee examines the fiscal 2024 White Home price range request for the Division of Commerce.

April 18, 2:30 p.m.: Senate Surroundings and Public Works Committee meets for a listening to to look at clear automobile expertise.

April 19, 10 a.m.: The Home Aviation Subcommittee hosts a listening to titled, “FAA Reauthorization: Analyzing the Present and Future Challenges Dealing with the Aerospace Workforce.”

April 20, 10 a.m.: Home Transportation, Housing and City Growth, and Associated Businesses Appropriations Subcommittee meets with Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to evaluate the White Home’s fiscal 2024 price range request. Watch the listening to right here.

Freight Hall

Main consideration is being paid to Ohio.

Legislative Docket

Reps. Mike Bost (R-In poor health.) and Angie Craig (D-Minn.) 

Payments designed to increase entry to parking for truck drivers across the nation just lately had been launched on Capitol Hill. Transportation policymakers from the Home and Senate are pushing for consideration of laws meant to sort out the long-standing business concern.

The bipartisan Truck Parking Security Enchancment Act, sponsored by Reps. Mike Bost (R-In poor health.) and Angie Craig (D-Minn.), would approve funding to help businesses with increasing parking capability for ladies and men working vehicles. The invoice additionally would assist requisite enhancements to current parking areas for business autos. General, it will authorize $755 million in aggressive grants over the following few years. The same model was launched within the U.S. Senate.

“I perceive how tough, and oftentimes harmful, it may be when America’s truckers are compelled to push that further mile searching for a protected place to park,” Bost mentioned in a press release accompanying the invoice’s introduction March 29.


Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer just lately known as on colleagues to approve elevating the borrowing authority for the federal authorities. Estimates from analysts and the Biden administration decided the nation probably would attain its debt restrict in the summertime.

Schumer (D-N.Y.) on March 30 took intention at Republicans, arguing their price range negotiations tied to the debt ceiling would delay the difficulty’s consideration.

“Republicans could be reckless to take the total religion and credit score of the US hostage so as to pressure a dialog on the price range, notably when there’s an alternate tried-and-true path that has been used earlier than,” he mentioned. “Separate debt ceiling and elevating the flexibility of us to pay our money owed and discussions on the price range, on taxes and spending, which we at all times do. It’s tying the 2 collectively that’s reckless.”

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A Speaker’s work through the congressional spring recess.

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Bridges to Someplace

The Final Phrase

The straightforward truth is the Clear Water Act stays our greatest device to safeguard our nation’s waters from persistent air pollution.

Surroundings and Public Works Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) on March 29.

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