Advocacy

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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AAPA’s Connor, Port Leaders Testify Before House Homeland Security Subcommittee

Correction: The original article was written in advance of the hearing and has been updated to accurately reflect the full panel of witnesses and further clarify testimonies. AAPA’s president and CEO, Chris Connor, and a diverse panel of port leaders testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations in a virtual ...

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Update on Ongoing AAPA Advocacy Efforts

Last week, to drive positive narratives to Capitol Hill surrounding seaports’ needs and role in handling supply chain challenges, AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor published an op-ed in The Hill titled “On the Supply Chain and Freight Fluidity: Enforcement, Not Reformation.” In this piece, Connor argues new regulations curtailing freight fluidity charges do not serve the public interest and ...

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Congressman Peter DeFazio to Retire

AAPA extends its congratulations to U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on his plans for retirement in 2022. Chairman DeFazio has proven instrumental to seaports in his advocacy over the course of his time in this role. He was key to the restoration of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation in every Congressional session from 2014 ...

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AAPA GovRel Attends Connie Ceremony

Members of AAPA’s Government Relations team were honored to attend the 2021 Connie Award ceremony in Newark, N.J., this week where Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, was awarded this year’s Connie, and Bill Mongelluzzo, senior editor of the Journal of Commerce, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. AAPA heartily congratulates both Gene and Bill on their outstanding achievements.

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AAPA Government Relations Highlights, Dec. 2

November was a busy month for AAPA’s Government Relations team, with the federal enactment of the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, the passage of the Build Back Better Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, and new federal legislation in the works, as well as plans for upcoming events in San Diego and Tampa. For awareness, the current Continuing Resolution Act ...

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Nov. 22: AAPA to Host Briefing on Funding Provisions in H.R. 3684 and Build Back Better

AAPA is hosting an information briefing on provisions in both the newly-enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) and the Build Back Better Act that Congress is expected to take up soon. Join AAPA on Monday, November 22, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific) for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: What’s In It For You? virtual briefing. To participate, contact Derek ...

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President Biden Celebrates Historic Infrastructure Bill Passage with Port Visit

Last Friday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes over $5 billion exclusively for port programs and an additional $27 billion of funds eligible to ports. Funding in this bill is spread over five years. AAPA is thankful for the hard work of lawmakers, port leaders and ...

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Action Requested – Send Letter Urging Investments in PIDP to Congress

As Congressional Democrats continue to negotiate the contours of their budget reconciliation bill, AAPA’s Government Relations team is doing all it can to ensure funding for the port industry is included in the bill. In the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s reconciliation draft, offshore wind is listed as one of several priorities for the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). AAPA ...

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