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Capitol Agenda for the Week of March 15: Why an Aviation Bill Matters

The Week Ahead for Trucking on Capitol Hill

This week, we’re looking at an aviation policy bill as a forum for lawmakers to advance non-aviation measures through Congress. The Senate Commerce Committee on March 16 takes up a not-so-long-term Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. Expect to see non-aviation amendments to be offered during the markup.

If you’re keeping score, this will be the Republican leaders’ second shot at moving FAA legislation this year. A few weeks ago, House Democrats mounted enough pushback on GOP’s efforts to move an FAA bill through the lower chamber. At issue in the House was a provision related to meal and rest breaks for truckers, and a proposal that would privatize the country’s air traffic control system. Already, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said she will not back an FAA bill with the trucking provision. Other senators are likely to join her in opposition.

Also this week, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and the American Public Transportation Association host their annual policy summits in Washington, D.C. This time of year, major transportation groups meet to outline policy initiatives and share concerns over long-term funding for transportation.

THE WEEK AHEAD (all times Eastern)

March 15: International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association holds its second day of its policy summit in Washington, D.C.

March 15: The American Public Transportation Association holds its policy conference on Capitol Hill. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Robert Dold (R-Ill.) will address the group.

March 16, 9:30 a.m.: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx delivers keynote remarks at Conference of Minority Transportation Officials' Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Annual Award in Washington, D.C.

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By Eugene Mulero
Staff Reporter

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