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Committee to Mark Up Slate of Legislation Wednesday, Including FEMA Improvement Bills and MPO Rule Repeal

Washington, DC, March 27, 2017 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Washington, DC – The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), has scheduled a markup for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

The Committee is scheduled to consider the following measures:

-       H.R. 1346, a bill that repeals the rule entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform.”  The rule exceeds what is required in law, is contrary to congressional intent, and increases burdens on MPOs and states.  By repealing this rule, the bill maintains MPO and state flexibility in planning and making transportation investments.  H.R. 1346 was introduced by U.S. Reps. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL).

-       H.R. 1726, the Coast Guard Improvement and Reform Act of 2017.  This bill reorganizes title 14 of the United States Code, the section of the Code pertaining to the U.S. Coast Guard.  It also establishes standard administrative procedures for Coast Guard advisory committees.  The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA).

-       H.R. 1093, a bill that requires congressional notification of the initiation and results of safety audits of railroads and rail transit agencies.  The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ).

-       H.R. 1665, a bill to direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to appropriately weigh and consider severe local impact when evaluating whether to recommend a major disaster declaration.   This bill ensures a more level playing field for smaller communities when impacted by severe disasters.  The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL).

-       H.R. 1678, a bill to implement a statute of limitations on FEMA’s ability to recover grant assistance from recipients after a disaster, in cases where there is no evidence of fraud, waste or abuse.  The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL).

-       H.R. 1679, the FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017.  This bill modernizes FEMA’s management of grant programs to improve applicant accessibility and transparency.  The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA).

-       H. Con. Res. 35, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.  The resolution was introduced by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA).

-       H. Con. Res. 36, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.  The resolution was introduced by U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

-       H.R. 455, designating the “R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse” in Jackson, Mississippi.  The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).

More information, including a live webcast link, will be posted here as it becomes available.  


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