Air Cargo & Security Legislation
H.R. 1309, TSA Administrator Modernization Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on March 20, 2017 by voice vote. The Bill would set a 5-year term for TSA Administrator. FAA Administrator also has a 5-year term.
S. 763, Surface and Maritime Security Legislation, introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD).
Evaluate the vetting and security training of employees in surface transportation employees in maritime transportation and other individuals with access to sensitive and secure areas of transportation networks
Expansion of national explosives detection canine team program. Canines could be used in all transportation sectors but primarily for surface and maritime.
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The new focus on tax reform is good news for transportation because lawmakers and the White House are still considering pairing changes to the tax code with an infrastructure package and either moving them in the same vehicle or separately but at the same time.
Easily the most controversial and contentious item that the House Republican leadership is trying to advance is the border adjustment tax. This tax would in effect impose a tax on American imports while exempting American-made exports from income tax calculations. There are competing Washington, DC coalitions that have formed. The coalition supporting the tax is comprised of mainly big corporations while the coalition opposing the tax is comprised of hundreds of retailers (both large and small).
Still lots of questions: There still is just as little clarity about exactly what President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion vision for infrastructure will contain, how much money it will spend, in what way and on exactly what. The one thread that has continued since the campaign, however, is that the package will focus on clearing regulatory obstacles to realizing projects, and will rely heavily on incentivizing private capital investments.
This time last year, both the House and Senate had marked up a FAA reauthorization bill. So far, neither chamber has introduced any legislation. The Senate is, at least for now, waiting on the House to move. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Transportation Committee, reiterated that the only date he’s focused on is Sept. 30, when the current authorization will expire. There are still two remaining hearings to be held and Shuster may introduce legislation at any time following the conclusion of those hearings. We are monitoring whether there will be any inclusion of lithium battery language.