With assist from Oriana Pawlyk and Tanya Snyder
— The Home and Senate are again however there’s not a lot time for legislating earlier than election season kicks in.
— Pete Buttigieg racks up the flight miles as he sells the infrastructure regulation and ramps up campaigning.
— The summer time journey season involves a detailed and flights are nonetheless a multitude.
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“Washington, D.C. / it suits me to a T / it is not the folks doing one thing actual / it is not the best way the springtime makes you’re feeling / no, no, no / it ain’t no well-known identify on a golden plaque / that makes me trip that railroad observe / it is my child’s kiss that retains me coming again.”
WELCOME BACK, CONGRESS: After a month of their districts, members of Congress come again to D.C. for his or her final shot at legislating earlier than the midterms. This week is a committee work week within the Home, so votes are usually not scheduled as of now, although that would change. There are solely 11 legislative days left within the Home earlier than the midterms after which 17 extra earlier than the top of the yr. (Senators will probably be in D.C. greater than Home members.)
What to search for later this fall:
Appropriations: The Home has already handed its fiscal 2023 appropriations payments however the Senate hasn’t even scheduled committee votes on theirs but. No shock: A seamless decision will seemingly be wanted.
Laws: The Home Transportation Committee will seemingly vote on its Floor Transportation Board reauthorization invoice, H.R. 8649, and ship it to the Home flooring. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has but to formally introduce a invoice to overtake the allowing course of, principally for vitality and mining initiatives, however Democratic management is planning to skip the committee course of and produce it to the ground hooked up to the CR.
Nominations: Shailen Bhatt’s nomination to be FHWA administrator is anticipated to get a listening to earlier than the Surroundings and Public Works Committee later this month. FAA Administrator nominee Phil Washington may additionally get a affirmation listening to in Commerce.
First up: On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee will maintain a listening to on the nominations of 5 candidates to hitch the Amtrak Board of Administrators, together with present Board Chair Anthony Coscia, and one present Floor Transportation Board member, Robert Primus.
Within the businesses: Awards will probably be introduced within the coming weeks for a number of main discretionary grant applications, together with INFRA, MEGA and the Rural Floor Transportation grant program. Utility deadlines are quick approaching on a slew of different applications, together with the Bridge Funding Program, the Railroad Crossing Elimination Program, the Ferry Program, the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program, the All Stations Accessibility Program and the Secure Streets and Roads for All Discretionary Grant Program.
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BIG CHECK ENERGY: Buttigieg had a busy August, visiting 9 states to interrupt floor on initiatives just like the Portal North Bridge, hand out outsized checks and tout the infrastructure funding that solely 24 p.c of Individuals know is already flowing out to states and cities.
HIGH, HIGH HOPES FOR FREQUENT FLYER MILES: Not all of his journey is in service to the infrastructure regulation. Adam Wren’s profile of Buttigieg final week confirmed how Buttigieg huddled for hours with Indiana Democrats earlier than jetting to California’s Napa Valley to hitch Nancy Pelosi for her annual donor confab. And Buttigieg is touring to Manchester, New Hampshire later this month to headline the New Hampshire Democratic Get together’s Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner.
DRESS CODE VIOLATION: Buttigieg is cautious to not combine campaigning with governing, along with his employees even asking supporters to cowl up their Pete marketing campaign T-shirts at infrastructure occasions. Nevertheless it hasn’t escaped discover that within the final state on his infrastructure whirlwind tour, New Hampshire, a latest ballot discovered that Democrats would moderately nominate Buttigieg than Biden.
GROUND ZERO OF FLYING’S SUMMER OF HELL: Oriana went to Newark airport to get a snapshot of aviation’s Summer time of Hell, the place on any given day passengers are fretting about how they’re going to get to their locations amid report flight cancellations and delays. Oriana witnessed 66 cancellations and 29 delays by noon however this was no epic journey meltdown — only a regular late-August Friday for an airport that’s persistently ranked as one of many most-delayed within the nation, in a yr when vacationers throughout the U.S. are complaining about airways’ efficiency within the post-lockdown period.
What DOT is doing: Simply earlier than the Labor Day weekend, DOT printed a dashboard displaying every airline’s cancellation and refund insurance policies, a transfer which prompted many airways to make these insurance policies extra consumer-friendly, similar to providing extra beneficiant resort and meal vouchers when flights get canceled or considerably delayed and extra flexibility to reschedule flights.
However the delays and cancellations proceed, thanks largely to quick staffing, unrealistic crew scheduling and climate, which are sometimes responsible for journey meltdown episodes. Some airways have responded to the growing strain on their enterprise practices, together with proactively canceling overscheduled flights, constructing in additional buffer room or simply to strive making it simpler for passengers to alter their plans.
Step apart, DOT: If DOT can’t get the airways again to regular operations, maybe the Federal Commerce Fee can: A invoice launched final month, H.R. 8698 (117), would let the FTC police the airline trade.
THE BRITISH ARE COMING: Danielle Muoio Dunn reviews on the continuing pushback to New York Metropolis’s proposed congestion pricing plan (opponents embody lawmakers from Staten Island, the Bronx and mainly everybody from New Jersey) that may goal to lift cash and cut back visitors by tolling drivers getting into Manhattan beneath sixtieth Road. However congestion pricing works, and if New York desires to cleared the path on this aspect of the Atlantic, it might want to take care of the pushback, in keeping with an professional with London’s public transit authority, which applied an analogous program in 2003.
“You were not simply attempting to make use of the value mechanism. What you are attempting to do was change folks’s journey habits to make them extra sustainable,” Christina Calderato, director of transport technique and coverage at Transport for London, stated in an interview.
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