This morning, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure convened a legislative markup and unanimously approved the following measures that span a wide range of important issue areas:
H.R. 5294 – Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act – clarifies that funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) may be used to address the opioid crisis in Appalachia and to mitigate impacts on the Region’s workforce and job growth.
H.R. 3288 – Northern Border Regional Commission Reauthorization Act – reauthorizes the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) through fiscal year 2023, as well as makes necessary changes to the Commission.
H. Con. Res. 115 – authorizes the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.
H. Con. Res. 113 – authorizes the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association to sponsor the Greater Washington Soapbox Derby qualifying races on June 16, 2018.
General Services Administration Capital Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions that, together, will save the federal government $71 million.
H.R. 4177 – the PREPARE Act – creates an Interagency Council dedicated to identifying and managing the risks of extreme weather events and increasing resilience and coordination.
H.R. 5319 – transfers Coast Guard property in Jupiter Island, Florida to the Secretary of the Interior for inclusion in the Hobe Sound National Wildfire Refuge.
H.R. 5326 – Maritime Technical Corrections Act – makes minor technical corrections to Title 14 and Title 46 of the United States Code.
H.R. 4673 – Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act – expresses the sense of Congress that the industry should promote, encourage, and support women to pursue careers in aviation.
“This morning’s markup demonstrated what our Committee can accomplish when we work together on a bipartisan basis,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA). “We approved common-sense legislation dealing with a number of critical policy issues, from the opioid crisis in Appalachia to increasing emergency planning and preparedness across the Nation. Moreover, the GSA resolutions passed today will save taxpayers $71 million, something that we all can agree is a win for the taxpayers.”
“Today the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed multiple bipartisan bills ranging in issues from encouraging women to pursue careers in aviation, to helping federal agencies identify and manage the risks of extreme weather events and increase resilience and coordination. I am proud of the bipartisan efforts made by members of our committee and look forward to seeing these bills signed into law,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR).
More details from today’s markup, including text of all measures approved, are available here.