Leaders Working to Convene WRDA Conference Committee

Congress begins to focus on the flood insurance rate hike that is expected to impact communities across the country. Check out more in this week’s Monday Morning Word from Washington!

What to Watch:

• Congressional leaders may move to convene a conference to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act.

• A Senate vote to delay flood insurance rate hikes may occur before Thanksgiving.

This Week in Washington:

• Both the House and Senate are in session this week:

Complete House schedule available here.

Complete Senate schedule available here.  

In the News:

• The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation unveiled a Location Affordability Portal last week. This tool allows users to estimate their housing and transportation costs for neighborhoods across the country.

• Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report detailing 103 policy options that would either decrease federal spending or increase revenues from 2014 to 2023. CBO director Doug Elmendorf shared details of this report during last week’s meeting between budget conferees.

• Bloomberg has a story on a ruling last month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that may require cities retrofit or buy new hydrants with fireplugs to meet stricter standards for lead content.


• Public comments are due for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) notice of proposed rulemaking on proposed changes to the Federal Highway Administration and FTA joint procedures that implement the National Environmental Policy Act, prompted by enactment of MAP–21 law. Comments must be submitted by Monday, November 18. Notice can be reviewed here.

• Public comments are due this week to provide feedback to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the agency works to formulate a proposed rule in response to a court-ordered review of “New Source Performance Standards and Emission Guidelines” for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills as defined in the Clean Air Act. EPA is in the process of reaching out to state and local government stakeholders for input. Comments were originally due November 8, but the deadline was been extended to Friday, November 22. Additional details can be found here. The proposed rule is expected to be issued by February 4, 2014 and finalized by December 17, 2014.





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