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White House, USDOT Appoint New Port and Supply Chain Envoy

The White House and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) have announced that Retired General Stephen R. Lyons will take over as new Port and Supply Chain Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. General Lyons is a retired four-star general who last served as the 13th commander of the U.S. Transportation Command. He takes the reins from envoy John ...

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Advances WRDA Bill

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted to advance the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA 2022). The legislation would authorize crucial investments in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) programs and projects across the country, including improvements to rivers and harbors. Read the bill’s text here.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 2022 Funds Released

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released its FY 2022 Work Plan, which distributes additional Congressional funding to specific projects in investigations, construction, operations and maintenance, and more. The Energy and Water Development appropriations bill was signed into law on March 15. Congress directed USACE to develop and issue its Work Plan within 60 days. This report’s release brings ...

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AAPA Requesting $750 Million Congressional PIDP Appropriation

Congress authorized an annual $750 million for Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) spending, but in FY 2022, Congress appropriated only $234 million. This amount is separate from the $450 million the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will provide to PIDP each year through 2026. This year, Congressional Ports Caucus Co-Chairs, Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) ...

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Urgent Request for Signature to Support Full Use of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

To ensure full use of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), the U.S. House Appropriations Committee must allocate at least $2.317 billion for harbor maintenance activities in the House FY 2023 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill. The HMT funds are collected explicitly for this purpose. U.S. Representatives Bill Huizenga and Alan Lowenthal have penned an appropriations letter requesting full use ...

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AAPA Members Visit Congressional Leaders, Bestow ‘Port Person’ and ‘Legislative Leadership’ Awards

As part of the Legislative Summit: Now We Build, teams of AAPA members and staff went to Capitol Hill to talk with lawmakers on issues vital to the port industry. AAPA met with Senators, Representatives, and senior staff of key Congressional Committees to advocate for U.S. port policy issues. Various topics were discussed during the conversations, including the implementation of ...

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Secretaries Buttigieg and Walsh Herald Efforts of Ports at AAPA Legislative Summit

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh headlined AAPA’s Legislative Summit: Now We Build! in Washington, D.C., before an audience of nearly 200 key U.S. policymakers, supply chain leaders and port industry leaders. Buttigieg and Walsh both lauded the hard work of seaports and port workers navigating the challenges of operating throughout a pandemic and ...

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USDOT Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant NOFO 

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to solicit applications for three funding opportunities: the National Infrastructure Project Assistance grant program (Mega), the Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highway Projects program (INFRA), and the Rural Surface Transportation grant program (Rural). Applicants may apply for one grant program, but the combined solicitation will allow applicants to ...

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Congress Releases FY2022 Spending Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives released the full text of the FY 2022 federal budget. The bill comes as government funding is set to expire on March 11, following almost six months of continuing resolutions to keep the government open since the onset of FY 2022 in October 2021. There is expectation Congress will pass the bill by Friday, March ...

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