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Zach Israel

Zach Israel

The FY 2018 appropriations process continued to move last week and was the center of most activity on the Hill.  Even more action is expected this week. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved and reported the rest of its twelve appropriations bills and is planning to roll four of these bills into a “minibus” package that will be considered on the floor this week. The minibus package includes: Defense, Military Construction-VA, Energy and Water Development, and Legislative Branch. H.R. 3219, the Defense appropriations bill, will be used as the legislative vehicle for the package.

 

On the Senate side, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved two more bills last week including Agriculture and Energy and Water Development. Three more bills are scheduled to be considered this week by the panel including Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD), Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), and Legislative Branch.

In accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” the Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Reform Task Force is seeking input on its existing regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. The notice, which was published in the Federal Register on July 20, lists regulations subject to the review; however, the agency will also accept comments on regulations that are not listed in the notice. For a list of regulations identified by the Corps, refer to the list at the bottom on the Federal Register notice (Docket Number COE-2017-0004).

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President Obama Signs FAA Reauthorization BIll Into Law
On Friday, July 15, President Obama signed the "FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016" (H.R. 636) into law, which extends Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program, spending, and tax authorities through September 30, 2017 at current funding levels. The House passed the bill by voice vote on July 11 and the Senate passed the bill on July 13 by a vote of 89-4. The bill also provides important aviation safety, security, and time-sensitive improvements, including: improvements to the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia.
FAA Reauthorization One of the Few Major Bills to Move Forward in Congress in 2016

For the remainder of 2016, there are only two must-pass pieces of legislation remaining in Congress: (1) a massive Omnibus appropriations bill funding the federal government for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which will likely pass in the lame-duck period of November-December after the presidential election and following the enactment of a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government beginning October 1; and (2) the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On March 30, President Obama signed the “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2016” into law, which extends authorization and tax authority for the FAA through July 15, 2016; FAA authorization was set to expire on March 31. This gives the House and Senate just over three months to reach consensus and pass a long-term FAA reauthorization bill before Congress recesses for seven weeks from July 16-September 6, for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and the annual August summer recess.   

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