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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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 Issue

  • 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 Issue


  • 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 Issue


  • 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 issue


  • 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 issue

  • 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 issue

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 issue

  • 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

December 2014 issue

  • Congress Passes FY 2015 Spending Bill
  • Chairman Shuster Announces New Republican T&I Committee Members
  • Dwindling Gas Prices to Lead to State Gas Tax Increases?
  • OIG Report:  EPA Failed to Demonstrate Public Health Benefits of State Revolving Funds
  • House Approves California Drought Relief Bill
  • Congress Passes Cybersecurity Bill Package

November 2014 issue


  • Majority of State and Local Voters Support Infrastructure Funding Measures Nationwide
  • Republicans Make Gains, Control Both Chambers of Congress
  • Congress Returns to Work for Busy Lame Duck Session
  • Transportation Outlook during the Lame Duck
  • Lawmakers Elect New Leadership for 114th Congress
  • New Congress Brings New Leadership on T&I and EPW Committees
  • Ohio DOT Will Apply for Assumption of Federal Environmental Review Authority
  • Advisory Committee Says Stormwater Systems Should be Exempt from WOTUS Rule
  • APWA Submits Comments on Proposed Waters of US Rule

October 2014 issue

  • DOT Issues Final Rule on Categorical Exclusion Implementation
  • House T&I Committee Releases P3 Report
  • Senator Boxer Pushes for Long-Term Highway Bill during Lame Duck Session
  • GAO Report Criticizes DOT Management of TIGER Grants
  • FTA Awards $3.6 Billion in Grants in Response to Hurricane Sandy
  • Congress Says Local Governments Will Receive PILT
  • President Obama Calls for Global Commitment to Cut Carbon
  • Deadline to Submit Comments on Waters of the U.S. Rule Extended
  • Tax Reform May Provide Common Ground on Long Term Highway Funding 

September 2014 issue

  • House Approves Bill Blocking ‘Waters of US’ Rule
  • Legislators Face Sep 30 Deadline to Keep Federal Government Funded
  • US Army Corps of Engineers Hosts Series of Webinars on WRRDA Implementation
  • Subcommittee Held Hearing on the Environmental Review Process for Transportation Projects
  • Treasury Department Holds Infrastructure Summit
  • DOT to Announce TIGER Grant Winners
  • EPA Releases New WOTUS Fact Sheet
  • DOT Secretary Foxx Announces New Initiative to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

August  2014 issue 

  • Senate Approves HR 5021, On to President for Signature 
  • Appropriations Process Stalled as Congress Adjourns for
  • EPA Releases Tool to Help Communities Become More Flood Resilient
  • White House Releases Resiliency Funding Plans
  • 12 Department of Transportation Chiefs Advocate for Long Term Trust Fund Solution
  • Senate Democrats Criticize Proposed ‘Waters of the US’ Rule
  • FEMA Administrator Appoints National Advisory Council Members

July 2014 issue

  • Congress Faces August Recess Deadline to Patch Highway Trust Fund
  • Secretary Foxx Sends Letter to State Transportation Agencies Detailing Consequences of Shortfall
  • Senators Call for 12 Cent Gas Tax Increase
  • Senate Shelves T-HUD Appropriations Bill
  • President Holds Rally to Pressure Congress to Act on Highway Trust Fund Shortfall
  • FEMA Releases Flood Risk Reduction Measures Policy Publication
  • EPA Issues New Policy Statement on Climate Change
  • EPA Local Government Advisory Committee Holds Meetings on ‘Waters of the US’ Rule
  • House and Senate Appropriators Advance FY 15 Water Spending Bills
  • House Appropriators Release FY 15 Interior-Environment Spending Bill

June 2014 issue

  • President Signs into Law Water Resources Bill
  • EPA Extends ‘Waters of US’ Rule Comment Deadline
  • House Water Subcommittee Holds Hearing on EPA’s Proposed ‘Waters of US’ Rule
  • EPA Catalog of Watershed Protection Funding Sources Updated
  • EPA Updates Recommended Water Quality Criteria for Human Health
  • USDA Debuts New Regional Conservation Partnership Program
  • House Leaders Call for Extending MAP-21
  • GAO Report Criticizes TIGER Grant Selection Process
  • FHWA Proposes Planning Rule
  • Two Highway Safety Rule Comment Deadlines Extended
  • House Passes Transportation Appropriations Bill
  • FEMA Announces Policy Updates to Flood Risk and Analysis Mapping Standards

May 2014 issue


  • Senate Committee to Consider 6-Year Transportation Reauthorization Bill
  • Administration Advances a Four-Year Transportation Reauthorization Proposal
  • House Bill Aims to Improve Pedestrian, Cyclist Safety
  • House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves
  • Conferees Reach Agreement on Water Resources Legislation
  • White House Unveils Third National Climate Change Assessment
  • APWA and Partner Organizations Urge House Appropriators to Reject SRF Cuts
  • EPA Plans Forum on Public Health Impacts of Blending
  • House Subcommittee Takes Testimony on Proposal for Consolidated Preparedness Grant Program
  • FEMA Releases Public Assistance Program Appeals Procedures Manual
  • New Rule Changes State Mitigation Plan Submission Requirements
  • FEMA Announces FY 2014 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants Funding Opportunities
  • FEMA Releases Benefit Cost Analysis Toolkit
  • APWA Submits Comments on HMGP Advance Rule Notice
  • Access Board Launches Online Guide to ADA and ABA Standards

April 2014 issue


  • EPA, USACE Release Proposed Rule Defining “Waters of the US”
  • EPA Decides Against a National Stormwater Rule
  • EPA Regions Deny Residual Designation Authority Petitions from Environmental Groups
  • White House Releases New Methane Strategy
  • FY15 House Budget Proposals Released
  • House Budget Resolution Proposes Reductions to Transportation Spending
  • APWA Transportation Summit Focuses on Local Perspectives on MAP-21 and Reauthorization
  • FHWA Issues Guidance on MAP-21 Financial Penalty Provisions for Not Meeting Agency Approval Deadlines
  • FHWA Proposes Rulemaking to Address MAP-21 Changes to Core Safety Program
  • Senate Committee Hears State and Local Perspectives on MAP-21 Reauthorization
  • President Signs Flood Insurance Reform Bill
  • House Hearing Explores Disaster Mitigation Programs
  • FEMA Seeks Input on Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
  • SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants Now Available
  • FEMA Announces Meeting Dates for NFIP Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Scoping

March 2014 issue

  • President Unveils 2015 Budget Proposal
  • President Proposes $302 Billion Transportation Reauthorization
  • $600 Million Available for New Round of TIGER Grants
  • Report on Highway, Transit Conditions Shows Need for More Investment
  • FHWA Proposes Rule Establishing MAP-21 Safety Performance Measures
  • USDOT Invites Comment on Existing Regulations Review
  • Final Rule Requires Best Management Practices at Construction Sites
  • EPA Issues New Guidance to Help Cities Manage Sewer Overflows with Green Infrastructure
  • Senate Democrats Hold Climate Talk-a-Thon on Senate Floor
  • FEMA Revises Public Assistance Simplified Procedures Thresholds
  • FEMA Announces Emergency Management Performance Grant Opportunity
  • House Approves Flood Insurance Reform Bill

February 2014 issue

  • President Signs Farm Bill into Law
  • APWA Asks White House to Provide Robust SRF Funding
  • West Virginia Chemical Spill Likely to Lead to More Oversight
  • EPA Updates Stormwater Calculator to Factor in Impacts from Climate Change
  • EPA Agrees to Finalize Coal Ash Rules by End of 2014
  • APWA Submits Testimony for House Transportation Reauthorization Hearing
  • $100 Billion in New Revenue Needed for Transportation Bill
  • NHTSA Working to Enable Vehicle to Vehicle
  • Bill Would Provide Federal Credit Assistance for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure
  • APWA Urges FCC Rule Respect Local Control Regarding Managing Rights of Way
  • FHWA Issues Final Rule on MAP-21 Categorical Exclusions
  • Shuster Names Public-Private Partnership Special Panel
  • Senate Passes Bill Delaying Flood Insurance Premium Increases
  • House Committee Backs Cybersecurity Bill Clarifying DHS, Private Sector Role
  • National Infrastructure Protection Plan Outlines How to Manage Risk

January 2014 issue


  • Law Exempts Fire Hydrants from Unnecessary Regulations
  • Administration Releases Updated 2014 Sustainability Plans
  • House Approves FY14 Omnibus Spending Bill
  • FirstNet Requests Comments on Implementing NEPA
  • Johnson Becomes Fourth Homeland Security Secretary
  • Shuster Provides Transportation Reauthorization Timeline
  • FHWA Seeks Innovations Shortening Project Delivery Time
  • Senate Prepares to Take up Flood Insurance Relief Bill