H. Rept. 113-316 - 113th Congress (2013-2014)
January 02, 2014, As Reported by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

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House Report 113-316 - (113-47) SUMMARY ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE 113TH CONGRESS




[House Report 113-316]
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                                                 Union Calendar No. 234

113th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - - - House Report 113-316


                                (113-47)

   SUMMARY ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND 
                 INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE 113TH CONGRESS

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                    ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS

                             FIRST SESSION

                   January 3, 2013-December 16, 2013

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             COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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January 2, 2014.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed


             COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

                  BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania, Chairman
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin           PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina         ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee         District of Columbia
  Vice Chair                         JERROLD NADLER, New York
JOHN L. MICA, Florida                CORRINE BROWN, Florida
FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey        EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas
GARY G. MILLER, California           ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 RICK LARSEN, Washington
SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, West Virginia  MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts
CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan          TIMOTHY H. BISHOP, New York
DUNCAN HUNTER, California            MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine
ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, Arkansas  GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California
LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania           DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois
BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas              TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota
LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana               STEVE COHEN, Tennessee
BOB GIBBS, Ohio                      ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey
PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania         DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland
RICHARD L. HANNA, New York           JOHN GARAMENDI, California
DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida              ANDRE CARSON, Indiana
STEVE SOUTHERLAND II, Florida        JANICE HAHN, California
JEFF DENHAM, California              RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota
REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin            ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona
THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky              DINA TITUS, Nevada
STEVE DAINES, Montana                SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York
TOM RICE, South Carolina             ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut
MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma           LOIS FRANKEL, Florida
ROGER WILLIAMS, Texas                CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois
TREY RADEL, Florida
MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
MARK SANFORD, South Carolina

                        SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION

                FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey, Chairman
THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin           RICK LARSEN, Washington
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina         PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee       EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts
BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas              DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois
LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana               STEVE COHEN, Tennessee
PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania         ANDRE CARSON, Indiana
DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida              RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota
JEFF DENHAM, California              DINA TITUS, Nevada
REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin            SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York
THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky              CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois
STEVE DAINES, Montana                CORRINE BROWN, Florida
ROGER WILLIAMS, Texas                ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut
TREY RADEL, Florida                  NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina           (Ex Officio)
RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois, Vice Chair
BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (Ex 
    Officio)
        SUBCOMMITTEE ON COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION

                  DUNCAN HUNTER, California, Chairman
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    JOHN GARAMENDI, California
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina         ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland
FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey        RICK LARSEN, Washington
PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania         TIMOTHY H. BISHOP, New York
STEVE SOUTHERLAND II, Florida,       LOIS FRANKEL, Florida
  Vice Chair                         CORRINE BROWN, Florida
TOM RICE, South Carolina             JANICE HAHN, California
TREY RADEL, Florida                  NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
MARK SANFORD, South Carolina           (Ex Officio)
BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (Ex 
    Officio)

 SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS, AND EMERGENCY 
                               MANAGEMENT

                  LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania, Chairman
THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin           ANDRE CARSON, Indiana
JOHN L. MICA, Florida                ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,
ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, Arkansas    District of Columbia
BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas, Vice Chair  MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine
MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma           TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota
MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina         DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland
SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania            RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota
MARK SANFORD, South Carolina         DINA TITUS, Nevada
BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (Ex       NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
    Officio)                           (Ex Officio)

                  SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT

                  THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin, Chairman
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina           District of Columbia
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee       PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
JOHN L. MICA, Florida                JERROLD NADLER, New York
FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey        EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas
GARY G. MILLER, California           MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine
SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, West Virginia  GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California
DUNCAN HUNTER, California            TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota
ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, Arkansas  STEVE COHEN, Tennessee
LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania           ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey
BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas              DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland
LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana               JANICE HAHN, California
BOB GIBBS, Ohio                      RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota
RICHARD L. HANNA, New York           ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona
STEVE SOUTHERLAND II, Florida        DINA TITUS, Nevada
REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin, Vice      SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York
    Chair                            ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut
STEVE DAINES, Montana                LOIS FRANKEL, Florida
TOM RICE, South Carolina             CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois
MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma           NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
ROGER WILLIAMS, Texas                  (Ex Officio)
SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (Ex 
    Officio)
     SUBCOMMITTEE ON RAILROADS, PIPELINES, AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

                   JEFF DENHAM, California, Chairman
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee       CORRINE BROWN, Florida
JOHN L. MICA, Florida                DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois
GARY G. MILLER, California           JERROLD NADLER, New York
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland
SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, West Virginia  MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine
CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan          GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California
LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania           TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota
LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana               ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey
BOB GIBBS, Ohio                      JANICE HAHN, California
PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania         ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona
RICHARD L. HANNA, New York, Vice     ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut
    Chair                            PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida              MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts
THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky              NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
ROGER WILLIAMS, Texas                  (Ex Officio)
TREY RADEL, Florida
SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (Ex 
    Officio)

            SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT

                       BOB GIBBS, Ohio, Chairman
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    TIMOTHY H. BISHOP, New York
GARY G. MILLER, California           DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland
SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, West Virginia  JOHN GARAMENDI, California
CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan          LOIS FRANKEL, Florida
ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD,           ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,
    Arkansas,                          District of Columbia
  Vice Chair                         EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas
RICHARD L. HANNA, New York           GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California
DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida              STEVE COHEN, Tennessee
JEFF DENHAM, California              JANICE HAHN, California
REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin            RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota
THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky              ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona
STEVE DAINES, Montana                DINA TITUS, Nevada
TOM RICE, South Carolina             SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York
MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma           NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina           (Ex Officio)
RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
MARK SANFORD, South Carolina
BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (Ex 
    Officio)

              PANEL ON 21st-CENTURY FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION

                JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee, Chairman
GARY G. MILLER, California           JERROLD NADLER, New York
ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, Arkansas  CORRINE BROWN, Florida
RICHARD L. HANNA, New York           DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois
DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida              ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey
MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma           JANICE HAHN, California
                                 STAFF

             COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

                     Majority Full Committee Staff
                 Christopher P. Bertram, Staff Director
                Stephen Martinko, Deputy Staff Director
                     Jennifer Hall, General Counsel
         Clare Doherty, Director of Budget and Program Analysis
               Matt Sturges, Director of Member Services
            Beth Spivey, Director of Outreach and Coalitions
                Wynn Bott, Chief Financial Administrator
                   Caryn Moore, Legislative Assistant
                  Dennis Wirtz, Legislative Assistant
            Mike Legg, Director of Facilities and Operations
                     Adam Twardzik, Staff Assistant
                 Isabelle Beegle-Levin, Staff Assistant

                     Minority Full Committee Staff
                        Jim Zoia, Staff Director
                    Ward McCarragher, Chief Counsel
                    Ann Adler, Deputy Staff Director
                    Lisa James, Executive Assistant
                     Luke Strimer, Staff Assistant

              Oversight and Investigations Majority Staff
                           Kim Moore, Counsel
                   Jason W. Rosa, Professional Staff

                        Majority Communications
                Jim Billimoria, Communications Director
               Justin Harclerode, Communications Advisor
                  Michael Marinaccio, Digital Director

                        Minority Communications
                  John Noble, Communications Director

                          Information Systems
                   Keven Sard, Director of Technology
              Scott Putz, Assistant Systems Administrator

                             Clerk's Office
                        Tracy G. Mosebey, Clerk
                        Jean Paffenback, Printer

                        SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION

                             Majority Staff
       Holly E. Woodruff Lyons, Staff Director and Senior Counsel
                   Mike Matousek, Professional Staff
                    Simone Perez, Professional Staff
                   Andrew Rademaker, Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff
                    Giles Giovinazzi, Staff Director
                          Rachel Carr, Counsel
                     Luke Strimer, Staff Assistant
        SUBCOMMITTEE ON COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION

                             Majority Staff
                     John Rayfield, Staff Director
                   Geoff Gosselin, Professional Staff
                      Jason Klink, Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff
                      Dave Jansen, Staff Director
                   Katherine Waring, Staff Assistant

 SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS, AND EMERGENCY 
                               MANAGEMENT

                             Majority Staff
                      Dan Mathews, Staff Director
                         Johanna Hardy, Counsel
                    Walker Barrett, Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff
                         Elliot Doomes, Counsel
                        Janet Erickson, Counsel
                   Katherine Waring, Staff Assistant

                  SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT

                             Majority Staff
        Jim Tymon, Senior Advisor to the Chairman/Staff Director
                        Shant Boyajian, Counsel
                  Murphie Barrett, Professional Staff
                     Dan Veoni, Professional Staff
                    Andrew Brady, Professional Staff

                             Minority Staff
                        Jim Kolb, Staff Director
             Helena Zyblikewycz, Senior Professional Staff
                    Madeleine Pike, Staff Assistant

     SUBCOMMITTEE ON RAILROADS, PIPELINES, AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

                             Majority Staff
                     Mike Friedberg, Staff Director
                          Fred Miller, Counsel
                   David Connolly, Professional Staff

                             Minority Staff
                   Jennifer Esposito, Staff Director
                          Rachel Carr, Counsel
                  Nick Martinelli, Professional Staff
                   Katherine Waring, Staff Assistant

            SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT

                             Majority Staff
                     John Anderson, Staff Director
                    Geoff Bowman, Professional Staff
                        Jonathan Pawlow, Counsel
                       Tracy Zea, Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff
                          Ryan Seiger, Counsel
                    Jean Flemma, Professional Staff
                    David Wegner, Professional Staff
                    Madeleine Pike, Staff Assistant


                            C O N T E N T S

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Jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
  Infrastructure.................................................     1
Rules of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure......     2
Statistical Overview 2013........................................    18
Summary of Activities:
    Full Committee...............................................    19
    Subcommittee on Aviation.....................................    25
    Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation......    35
    Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
      Emergency Management.......................................    41
    Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.........................    56
    Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials    62
    Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment..............    69
    Panel on 21st-Century Freight Transportation.................    76
Oversight Plan of the Committee on Transportation and 
  Infrastructure.................................................    80
Hearings Held Pursuant to Clauses 2(n), (o), and (p) of Rule XI..   100

                         LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

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                          House of Representatives,
            Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
                                   Washington, DC, January 2, 2014.
Hon. John A. Boehner,
Speaker, House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Speaker: Pursuant to Clause 1(d) of Rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, I submit the first 
annual report on the activities of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure for the 113th Congress.
    The purpose of this report is to provide Members of 
Congress, Congressional staff, and the general public with an 
overview of the activities of the Committee. This report is 
intended as a general reference tool and not as a substitute 
for Committee hearing records, reports, and files.
            Sincerely,
                                              Bill Shuster,
                                                          Chairman.


                                                 Union Calendar No. 234
113th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    113-316

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   SUMMARY ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND 
                 INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE 113TH CONGRESS

                                _______
                                

January 2, 2014.--Committed on the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

 Mr. Shuster, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

   JURISDICTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

    The jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure, as prescribed by clause 1(r) of Rule X of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, is as follows:
    (1) Coast Guard, including lifesaving service, lighthouses, 
lightships, ocean derelicts, and the Coast Guard Academy.
    (2) Federal management of emergencies and natural 
disasters.
    (3) Flood control and improvement of rivers and harbors.
    (4) Inland waterways.
    (5) Inspection of merchant marine vessels, lights and 
signals, lifesaving equipment, and fire protection on such 
vessels.
    (6) Navigation and laws relating thereto, including 
pilotage.
    (7) Registering and licensing of vessels and small boats.
    (8) Rules and international arrangements to prevent 
collisions at sea.
    (9) The Capitol Building and the Senate and House Office 
Buildings.
    (10) Construction or maintenance of roads and post roads 
(other than appropriations therefor).
    (11) Construction or reconstruction, maintenance, and care 
of buildings and grounds of the Botanic Garden, the Library of 
Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.
    (12) Merchant marine (except for national security aspects 
thereof).
    (13) Purchase of sites and construction of post offices, 
customhouses, Federal courthouses, and Government buildings 
within the District of Columbia.
    (14) Oil and other pollution of navigable waters, including 
inland, coastal, and ocean waters.
    (15) Marine affairs, including coastal zone management, as 
they relate to oil and other pollution of navigable waters.
    (16) Public buildings and occupied or improved grounds of 
the United States generally.
    (17) Public works for the benefit of navigation, including 
bridges and dams (other than international bridges and dams).
    (18) Related transportation regulatory agencies (except the 
Transportation Security Administration).
    (19) Roads and the safety thereof.
    (20) Transportation, including civil aviation, railroads, 
water transportation, transportation safety (except automobile 
safety and transportation security functions of the Department 
of Homeland Security), transportation infrastructure, 
transportation labor, and railroad retirement and unemployment 
(except revenue measures related thereto).
    (21) Water power.

  RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE UNITED 
            STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 113TH CONGRESS


                       (Adopted January 23, 2013)


                       Rule I. General Provisions

    (a) Applicability of House Rules.--
          (1) In general.--The Rules of the House are the rules 
        of the Committee and its subcommittees so far as 
        applicable, except that a motion to recess from day to 
        day, and a motion to dispense with the first reading 
        (in full) of a bill or resolution, if printed copies 
        are available, are non-debatable privileged motions in 
        the Committee and its subcommittees.
          (2) Subcommittees.--Each subcommittee is part of the 
        Committee, and is subject to the authority and 
        direction of the Committee and its rules so far as 
        applicable.
          (3) Incorporation of house rule on committee 
        procedure.--Rule XI of the Rules of the House, which 
        pertains entirely to Committee procedure, is 
        incorporated and made a part of the rules of the 
        Committee to the extent applicable. Pursuant to clause 
        2(a)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman of the Committee is authorized to offer a 
        motion under clause 1 of Rule XXII of the Rules of the 
        House whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.
    (b) Publication of Rules.--Pursuant to clause 2(a) of Rule 
XI of the Rules of the House, the Committee's rules shall be 
publicly available in electronic form and published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the Chairman 
is elected in each odd-numbered year.
    (c) Vice Chairman.--The Chairman shall appoint a vice 
chairman of the Committee and of each subcommittee. If the 
Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee is not present at any 
meeting of the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be, 
the vice chairman shall preside. If the vice chairman is not 
present, the ranking member of the majority party on the 
Committee or subcommittee who is present shall preside at that 
meeting.

           Rule II. Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings

    (a) Regular Meetings.--Regular meetings of the Committee 
shall be held on the first Wednesday of every month to transact 
its business unless such day is a holiday, or the House is in 
recess or is adjourned, in which case the Chairman shall 
determine the regular meeting day of the Committee for that 
month. A regular meeting of the Committee may be dispensed with 
if, in the judgment of the Chairman, there is no need for the 
meeting. This paragraph shall not apply to meetings of any 
subcommittee.
    (b) Additional Meetings.--The Chairman may call and 
convene, as he or she considers necessary, additional meetings 
of the Committee for the consideration of any bill or 
resolution pending before the Committee or for the conduct of 
other committee business. The Committee shall meet for such 
purpose pursuant to the call of the Chairman.
    (c) Special Meetings.--If at least three members of the 
Committee desire that a special meeting of the Committee be 
called by the Chairman, those members may file in the offices 
of the Committee their written request to the Chairman for that 
special meeting. Such request shall specify the measure or 
matter to be considered. Immediately upon the filing of the 
request, the clerk of the Committee shall notify the Chairman 
of the filing of the request. If, within 3 calendar days after 
the filing of the request, the Chairman does not call the 
requested special meeting to be held within 7 calendar days 
after the filing of the request, a majority of the members of 
the Committee may file in the offices of the Committee their 
written notice that a special meeting of the Committee will be 
held, specifying the date and hour thereof, and the measure or 
matter to be considered at that special meeting. The Committee 
shall meet on that date and hour. Immediately upon the filing 
of the notice, the clerk of the Committee shall notify all 
members of the Committee that such meeting will be held and 
inform them of its date and hour and the measure or matter to 
be considered; and only the measure or matter specified in that 
notice may be considered at that special meeting. Such notice 
shall also be made publicly available in electronic form and 
shall be deemed to satisfy paragraph (d)(1).
    (d) Notice.--
          (1) Minimum notice period.--Pursuant to clause 
        2(g)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman shall make a public announcement of the date, 
        place, and subject matter of a Committee or 
        subcommittee meeting, which may not commence earlier 
        than the third day on which members have notice 
        thereof.
          (2) Changes in meeting times.--A meeting may commence 
        sooner than announced if the Chairman, with concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, determines there is 
        good cause to begin the meeting sooner or the Committee 
        or subcommittee so determines by majority vote, a 
        quorum being present for the transaction of business. 
        The Chairman shall make a public announcement of the 
        meeting time change at the earliest possible 
        opportunity.
          (3) Notification of daily digest clerk.--The clerk of 
        the Committee shall notify the Daily Digest Clerk of 
        the Congressional Record as soon as possible after a 
        public announcement of a time change for a Committee or 
        subcommittee meeting is made under this paragraph.
    (e) Prohibition on Sitting During Joint Session.--The 
Committee may not sit during a joint session of the House and 
Senate or during a recess when a joint meeting of the House and 
Senate is in progress.

               Rule III. Meetings and Hearings Generally

    (a) Minimum Period for Availability of Committee Markup 
Text.--Pursuant to clause 2(g)(4) of Rule XI of the Rules of 
the House, the Chairman shall make publicly available, in 
electronic form, the text of any legislation to be marked up at 
least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a meeting for the 
markup of legislation, or at the time of a meeting announcement 
under paragraph (a)(2)(B) of Committee Rule II if made within 
24 hours before such meeting.
    (b) Open Meetings.--Each meeting for the transaction of 
business, including the markup of legislation, and each hearing 
of the Committee or a subcommittee shall be open to the public, 
except as provided by clause 2(g) of Rule XI of the Rules of 
the House.
    (c) Meetings to Begin Promptly.--Each meeting or hearing of 
the Committee shall begin promptly at the time so stipulated in 
the public announcement of the meeting or hearing.
    (d) Addressing the Committee.--Except as provided under 
paragraph (e) of Committee Rule VI, a Committee member may 
address the Committee or a subcommittee on any bill, motion, or 
other matter under consideration--
          (1) only when recognized by the Chairman for that 
        purpose; and
          (2) only for 5 minutes, or for a period of time 
        designated by the Chairman with concurrence of the 
        ranking minority member, until such time as each member 
        of the Committee or subcommittee who so desires has had 
        an opportunity to address the Committee or 
        subcommittee.
A member shall be limited in his or her remarks to the subject 
matter under consideration. The Chairman shall enforce this 
paragraph.
    (e) Participation of Members in Subcommittee Meetings and 
Hearings.--All members of the Committee who are not members of 
a particular subcommittee may, by unanimous consent of the 
members of such subcommittee, participate in any subcommittee 
meeting or hearing. However, a member who is not a member of 
the subcommittee may not vote on any matter before the 
subcommittee, be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, 
or raise points of order.
    (f) Broadcasting.--Whenever a meeting for the transaction 
of business, including the markup of legislation, or a hearing 
is open to the public, that meeting or hearing shall be open to 
coverage by television, radio, and still photography in 
accordance with clause 4 of Rule XI of the Rules of the House. 
Operation and use of any Committee Internet broadcast system 
shall be fair and nonpartisan and in accordance with clause 
4(b) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House and all other 
applicable rules of the Committee and the House. Further, 
pursuant to clause 2(e)(5) of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the Committee shall provide audio and video coverage of 
each hearing or meeting for the transaction of business in a 
manner that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
proceedings. The Committee shall also maintain the recordings 
of such coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the 
public.
    (g) Access to the Dais and Lounges.--Access to the hearing 
rooms' daises and to the lounges adjacent to the Committee 
hearing rooms shall be limited to Members of Congress and 
employees of Congress during a meeting or hearing of the 
Committee unless specifically permitted by the Chairman or 
ranking minority member.
    (h) Use of Cellular Telephones.--The use of cellular 
telephones in the Committee hearing room is prohibited during a 
meeting or hearing of the Committee.
    (i) Availability of Text of Amendments in Electronic 
Form.--Pursuant to clause 2(e) of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
amendment to a measure or matter considered by the Committee, 
the Chairman shall cause the text of the amendment to be made 
publicly available in electronic form.

Rule IV. Power To Sit and Act; Power To Conduct Investigations; Oaths; 
                             Subpoena Power

    (a) Authority To Sit and Act.--For the purpose of carrying 
out any of its functions and duties under Rules X and XI of the 
Rules of the House, the Committee and each of its 
subcommittees, is authorized (subject to paragraph (d)(1))--
          (1) to sit and act at such times and places within 
        the United States whether the House is in session, has 
        recessed, or has adjourned and to hold such hearings; 
        and
          (2) to require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memorandums, papers, and documents, as it deems 
        necessary.
    (b) Authority To Conduct Investigations.--
          (1) In general.--The Committee is authorized at any 
        time to conduct such investigations and studies as it 
        may consider necessary or appropriate in the exercise 
        of its responsibilities under Rule X of the Rules of 
        the House and (subject to the adoption of expense 
        resolutions as required by Rule X, clause 6 of the 
        Rules of the House) to incur expenses (including travel 
        expenses) in connection therewith.
          (2) Major investigations by subcommittees.--A 
        subcommittee may not begin a major investigation 
        without approval of a majority of such subcommittee.
    (c) Oaths.--The Chairman, or any member designated by the 
Chairman, may administer oaths to any witness.
    (d) Issuance of Subpoenas.--
          (1) In general.--A subpoena may be issued by the 
        Committee or subcommittee under paragraph (a)(2) in the 
        conduct of any investigation or activity or series of 
        investigations or activities, only when authorized by a 
        majority of the members voting, a majority being 
        present. Such authorized subpoenas shall be signed by 
        the Chairman of the Committee or by any member 
        designated by the Committee. If a specific request for 
        a subpoena has not been previously rejected by either 
        the Committee or subcommittee, the Chairman of the 
        Committee, after consultation with the ranking minority 
        member of the Committee, may authorize and issue a 
        subpoena under paragraph (a)(2) in the conduct of any 
        investigation or activity or series of investigations 
        or activities, and such subpoena shall for all purposes 
        be deemed a subpoena issued by the Committee. As soon 
        as practicable after a subpoena is issued under this 
        rule, the Chairman shall notify all members of the 
        Committee of such action.
          (2) Enforcement.--Compliance with any subpoena issued 
        by the Committee or subcommittee under paragraph (a)(2) 
        may be enforced only as authorized or directed by the 
        House.
    (e) Expenses of Subpoenaed Witnesses.--Each witness who has 
been subpoenaed, upon the completion of his or her testimony 
before the Committee or any subcommittee, may report to the 
offices of the Committee, and there sign appropriate vouchers 
for travel allowances and attendance fees. If hearings are held 
in cities other than Washington, D.C., the witness may contact 
the counsel of the Committee, or his or her representative, 
before leaving the hearing room.

        Rule V. Quorums and Record Votes; Postponement of Votes

    (a) Working Quorum.--One-third of the members of the 
Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for 
taking any action other than the closing of a meeting pursuant 
to clauses 2(g) and 2(k)(5) of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the authorizing of a subpoena pursuant to paragraph (d) 
of Committee Rule IV, the reporting of a measure or 
recommendation pursuant to paragraph (b)(1) of Committee Rule 
VII, and the actions described in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) 
of this rule.
    (b) Quorum for Reporting.--A majority of the members of the 
Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the 
reporting of a measure or recommendation.
    (c) Approval of Certain Matters.--A majority of the members 
of the Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum 
for approval of a resolution concerning any of the following 
actions:
          (1) A prospectus for construction, alteration, 
        purchase or acquisition of a public building or the 
        lease of space as required by section 3307 of title 40, 
        United States Code.
          (2) Survey investigation of a proposed project for 
        navigation, flood control, and other purposes by the 
        Corps of Engineers (section 4 of the Rivers and Harbors 
        Act of March 4, 1913, 33 U.S.C. 542).
          (3) Construction of a water resources development 
        project by the Corps of Engineers with an estimated 
        Federal cost not exceeding $15,000,000 (section 201 of 
        the Flood Control Act of 1965).
          (4) Deletion of water quality storage in a Federal 
        reservoir project where the benefits attributable to 
        water quality are 15 percent or more but not greater 
        than 25 percent of the total project benefits (section 
        65 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1974).
          (5) Authorization of a Natural Resources Conservation 
        Service watershed project involving any single 
        structure of more than 4,000 acre feet of total 
        capacity (section 2 of P.L. 566, 83rd Congress).
    (d) Quorum for Taking Testimony.--Two members of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the 
purpose of taking testimony and receiving evidence.
    (e) Record Votes.--A record vote may be demanded by one-
fifth of the members present.
    (f) Postponement of Votes.--
          (1) In general.--In accordance with clause 2(h)(4) of 
        Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Chairman of the 
        Committee or a subcommittee, after consultation with 
        the ranking minority member of the Committee or 
        subcommittee, may--
                  (A) postpone further proceedings when a 
                record vote is ordered on the question of 
                approving a measure or matter or on adopting an 
                amendment; and
                  (B) resume proceedings on a postponed 
                question at any time after reasonable notice.
          (2) Resumption of proceedings.--When proceedings 
        resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any 
        intervening order for the previous question, an 
        underlying proposition shall remain subject to further 
        debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
        question was postponed.
    (g) Availability of Record Votes in Electronic Form.--
Pursuant to clause 2(e)(1)(B)(i) of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the Chairman shall make the result of any record vote 
publicly available for inspection at reasonable times in the 
offices of the Committee and in electronic form within 48 hours 
of such record vote.

                      Rule VI. Hearing Procedures

    (a) Announcement of Hearing.--
          (1) Minimum notice period.--Pursuant to clause 
        2(g)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman shall make a public announcement of the date, 
        place, and subject matter of a Committee or 
        subcommittee hearing, which may not commence earlier 
        than the one week after such notice.
          (2) Changes in hearing times.--A hearing may commence 
        sooner than announced if the Chairman, with concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, determines there is 
        good cause to begin the hearing sooner or the Committee 
        so determines by majority vote, a quorum being present 
        for the transaction of business. The Chairman shall 
        make a public announcement of the hearing time change 
        at the earliest possible opportunity.
          (3) Notification of daily digest clerk.--The clerk of 
        the Committee shall notify the Daily Digest Clerk of 
        the Congressional Record as soon as possible after a 
        public announcement of a time change for a Committee or 
        subcommittee hearing is made under this paragraph.
    (b) Written Statement; Oral Testimony.--
          (1) Filing of statement.--So far as practicable, each 
        witness who is to appear before the Committee or a 
        subcommittee shall file with the clerk of the Committee 
        or subcommittee, at least 2 working days before the day 
        of his or her appearance, a written statement of 
        proposed testimony and shall limit his or her oral 
        presentation to a summary of the written statement.
          (2) Truth in testimony information.--Pursuant to 
        clause 2(g)(5) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, in 
        the case of a witness appearing in a nongovernmental 
        capacity, a written statement of proposed testimony 
        shall include a curriculum vitae and a disclosure of 
        the amount and source (by agency and program) of each 
        Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or 
        subcontract thereof) received during the current fiscal 
        year or either of the two previous fiscal years by the 
        witness or by an entity represented by the witness.
          (3) Availability of information in electronic form.--
        Statements filed under this paragraph, with appropriate 
        redaction to protect the privacy of the witness, shall 
        be made publicly available in electronic form not later 
        than one day after the witness appears.
    (c) Minority Witnesses.--When any hearing is conducted by 
the Committee or any subcommittee upon any measure or matter, 
the minority party members on the Committee or subcommittee 
shall be entitled, upon request to the Chairman by a majority 
of those minority members before the completion of such 
hearing, to call witnesses selected by the minority to testify 
with respect to that measure or matter during at least one day 
of hearing thereon.
    (d) Summary of Subject Matter.--Upon announcement of a 
hearing, to the extent practicable, the Committee shall make 
available immediately to all members of the Committee a concise 
summary of the subject matter (including legislative reports 
and other material) under consideration. In addition, upon 
announcement of a hearing and subsequently as they are 
received, the Chairman shall make available to the members of 
the Committee any official reports from departments and 
agencies on such matter.
    (e) Opening Statements; Questioning of Witnesses.--
          (1) Opening statements.--
                  (A) Chairman and ranking member.--At a 
                hearing of the Full Committee, the Chairman and 
                ranking minority member of the Committee shall 
                each be entitled to present an oral opening 
                statement of five minutes. At a hearing of a 
                subcommittee, the Chairman and ranking minority 
                member of the Committee and the Chairman and 
                ranking minority member of the subcommittee 
                shall each be entitled to present an opening 
                statement for five minutes.
                  (B) Other members.--At a hearing of the Full 
                Committee or a subcommittee, other members of 
                the Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, 
                may submit written opening statements for the 
                record. The Chairman presiding over the hearing 
                may permit oral opening statements by other 
                members of the Committee or subcommittee, as 
                appropriate, with the concurrence of the 
                ranking minority member.
          (2) Questioning of witnesses.--The questioning of 
        witnesses in Committee and subcommittee hearings shall 
        be initiated by the Chairman, followed by the ranking 
        minority member and all other members alternating 
        between the majority and minority parties. In 
        recognizing members to question witnesses in this 
        fashion, the Chairman shall take into consideration the 
        ratio of the majority to minority members present and 
        shall establish the order of recognition for 
        questioning in such a manner as not to disadvantage the 
        members of the majority nor the members of the 
        minority. The Chairman may accomplish this by 
        recognizing two majority members for each minority 
        member recognized.
    (f) Procedures for Questions.--
          (1) In general.--A Committee member may question a 
        witness at a hearing--
                  (A) only when recognized by the Chairman for 
                that purpose; and
                  (B) subject to subparagraphs (2) and (3), 
                only for 5 minutes until such time as each 
                member of the Committee or subcommittee who so 
                desires has had an opportunity to question the 
                witness.
A member shall be limited in his or her remarks to the subject 
matter under consideration. The Chairman shall enforce this 
subparagraph.
          (2) Extended questioning of witnesses by members.--
        The Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, with 
        the concurrence of the ranking minority member, or the 
        Committee or subcommittee by motion, may permit a 
        specified number of its members to question a witness 
        for longer than 5 minutes. The time for extended 
        questioning of a witness under this subdivision shall 
        be equal for the majority party and minority party and 
        may not exceed one hour in the aggregate.
          (3) Extended questioning of witnesses by staff.--The 
        Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, with the 
        concurrence of the ranking minority member, or the 
        Committee or subcommittee by motion, may permit 
        committee staff for its majority and minority party 
        members to question a witness for equal specified 
        periods. The time for extended questioning of a witness 
        under this subdivision shall be equal for the majority 
        party and minority party and may not exceed one hour in 
        the aggregate.
          (4) Right to question witnesses following extended 
        questioning.--Nothing in subparagraph (2) or (3) 
        affects the right of a Member (other than a Member 
        designated under subparagraph (2)) to question a 
        witness for 5 minutes in accordance with subparagraph 
        (1)(B) after the questioning permitted under 
        subparagraph (2) or (3).
    (g) Additional Hearing Procedures.--Clause 2(k) of Rule XI 
of the Rules of the House (relating to additional rules for 
hearings) applies to hearings of the Committee and its 
subcommittees.

        Rule VII. Procedures for Reporting Bills, Resolutions, 
                              and Reports

    (a) Filing of Reports.--
          (1) In general.--The Chairman of the Committee shall 
        report promptly to the House any measure or matter 
        approved by the Committee and take necessary steps to 
        bring the measure or matter to a vote.
          (2) Requests for reporting.--The report of the 
        Committee on a measure or matter which has been 
        approved by the Committee shall be filed within 7 
        calendar days (exclusive of days on which the House is 
        not in session) after the day on which there has been 
        filed with the clerk of the Committee a written 
        request, signed by a majority of the members of the 
        Committee, for the reporting of that measure or matter. 
        Upon the filing of any such request, the clerk of the 
        Committee shall transmit immediately to the Chairman of 
        the Committee notice of the filing of that request.
    (b) Quorum; Record Votes.--
          (1) Quorum.--No measure, matter, or recommendation 
        shall be reported from the Committee unless a majority 
        of the Committee was actually present.
          (2) Record votes.--With respect to each record vote 
        on a motion to report any measure or matter of a public 
        character, and on any amendment offered to the measure 
        or matter, the total number of votes cast for and 
        against, and the names of those members voting for and 
        against, shall be included in the Committee report on 
        the measure or matter.
    (c) Required Matters.--The report of the Committee on a 
measure or matter which has been approved by the Committee 
shall include the items required to be included by clauses 2(c) 
and 3 of Rule XIII of the Rules of the House.
    (d) Additional Views.--If, at the time of approval of any 
measure or matter by the Committee, any member of the Committee 
gives notice of intention to file supplemental, minority, or 
additional views, all members shall be entitled to not less 
than two additional calendar days after the day of such notice 
(excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) in which to 
file such written and signed views in accordance with clause 
2(l) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House.
    (e) Activities Report.--
          (1) In general.--Not later than January 2 of each 
        year, the Committee shall submit to the House a report 
        on the activities of the Committee.
          (2) Contents.--The report shall include--
                  (A) separate sections summarizing the 
                legislative and oversight activities of the 
                Committee under Rules X and XI of the Rules of 
                the House during the applicable period;
                  (B) in the case of the first such report in 
                each Congress, a summary of the oversight plans 
                submitted by the Committee under clause 2(d) of 
                Rule X of the Rules of the House;
                  (C) a summary of the actions taken and 
                recommendations made with respect to the 
                oversight plans specified in subdivision (B);
                  (D) a summary of any additional oversight 
                activities undertaken by the Committee and any 
                recommendations made or actions taken thereon; 
                and
                  (E) a delineation of any hearings held 
                pursuant to clauses 2(n), (o), or (p) of Rule 
                XI of the Rules of the House.
          (3) Filing.--After an adjournment sine die of a 
        regular session of a Congress, or after December 15, 
        whichever occurs first, the Chairman may file the 
        report described in subparagraph (1) with the Clerk of 
        the House at any time and without approval of the 
        Committee, provided that--
                  (A) a copy of the report has been available 
                to each member of the Committee for at least 
                seven calendar days; and
                  (B) the report includes any supplemental, 
                minority, or additional views submitted by a 
                member of the Committee.
    (f) Other Committee Materials.--
          (1) In general.--All Committee and subcommittee 
        prints, reports, documents, or other materials, not 
        otherwise provided for under this rule, that purport to 
        express publicly the views of the Committee or any of 
        its subcommittees or members of the Committee or its 
        subcommittees shall be approved by the Committee or the 
        subcommittee prior to printing and distribution and any 
        member shall be given an opportunity to have views 
        included as part of such material prior to printing, 
        release, and distribution in accordance with paragraph 
        (d) of this rule.
          (2) Documents containing views other than member 
        views.--A Committee or subcommittee document containing 
        views other than those of members of the Committee or 
        subcommittee shall not be published without approval of 
        the Committee or subcommittee.
          (3) Disclaimer.--All Committee or subcommittee 
        reports printed pursuant to legislative study or 
        investigation and not approved by a majority vote of 
        the Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, shall 
        contain the following disclaimer on the cover of such 
        report: ``This report has not been officially adopted 
        by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
        (or pertinent subcommittee thereof) and may not 
        therefore necessarily reflect the views of its 
        members.''.
          (4) Compilations of laws.--To the maximum extent 
        practicable, the Committee shall publish a compilation 
        of laws under the jurisdiction of each subcommittee.
    (g) Availability of Publications.--Pursuant to clause 
2(e)(4) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Committee 
shall make its publications available in electronic form to the 
maximum extent feasible.

          Rule VIII. Establishment of Subcommittees; Size and 
                              Party Ratios

    (a) Establishment.--There shall be 6 standing 
subcommittees. These subcommittees, with the following sizes 
(including delegates) and majority/minority ratios, are:
          (1) Subcommittee on Aviation (32 Members: 18 Majority 
        and 14 Minority).
          (2) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
        Transportation (18 Members: 10 Majority and 8 
        Minority).
          (3) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public 
        Buildings, and Emergency Management (18 Members: 10 
        Majority and 8 Minority).
          (4) Subcommittee on Highways and Transit (45 Members: 
        25 Majority and 20 Minority).
          (5) Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
        Hazardous Materials (32 Members: 18 Majority and 14 
        Minority).
          (6) Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment 
        (32 Members: 18 Majority and 14 Minority).
    (b) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee shall serve as ex officio voting 
members on each subcommittee.
    (c) Ratios.--On each subcommittee there shall be a ratio of 
majority party members to minority party members which shall be 
no less favorable to the majority party than the ratio for the 
full Committee. In calculating the ratio of majority party 
members to minority party members, there shall be included the 
ex officio members of the subcommittees.

              Rule IX. Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    (a) Authority To Sit.--Each subcommittee is authorized to 
meet, hold hearings, receive evidence, and report to the full 
Committee on all matters referred to it or under its 
jurisdiction. Subcommittee chairmen shall set dates for 
hearings and meetings of their respective subcommittees after 
consultation with the Chairman and other subcommittee chairmen 
with a view toward avoiding simultaneous scheduling of full 
Committee and subcommittee meetings or hearings whenever 
possible.
    (b) Consideration by Committee.--Each bill, resolution, or 
other matter favorably reported by a subcommittee shall 
automatically be placed upon the agenda of the Committee. Any 
such matter reported by a subcommittee shall not be considered 
by the Committee unless it has been delivered to the offices of 
all members of the Committee at least 48 hours before the 
meeting, unless the Chairman determines that the matter is of 
such urgency that it should be given early consideration. Where 
practicable, such matters shall be accompanied by a comparison 
with present law and a section-by-section analysis.

            Rule X. Referral of Legislation to Subcommittees

    (a) General Requirement.--Except where the Chairman of the 
Committee determines, in consultation with the majority members 
of the Committee, that consideration is to be by the full 
Committee, each bill, resolution, investigation, or other 
matter which relates to a subject listed under the jurisdiction 
of any subcommittee established in Committee Rule VIII referred 
to or initiated by the full Committee shall be referred by the 
Chairman to all subcommittees of appropriate jurisdiction 
within two weeks. All bills shall be referred to the 
subcommittee of proper jurisdiction without regard to whether 
the author is or is not a member of the subcommittee.
    (b) Recall From Subcommittee.--A bill, resolution, or other 
matter referred to a subcommittee in accordance with this rule 
may be recalled therefrom at any time by a vote of a majority 
of the members of the Committee voting, a quorum being present, 
for the Committee's direct consideration or for reference to 
another subcommittee.
    (c) Multiple Referrals.--In carrying out this rule with 
respect to any matter, the Chairman may refer the matter 
simultaneously to two or more subcommittees for concurrent 
consideration or for consideration in sequence (subject to 
appropriate time limitations in the case of any subcommittee 
after the first), or divide the matter into two or more parts 
(reflecting different subjects and jurisdictions) and refer 
each such part to a different subcommittee, or make such other 
provisions as he or she considers appropriate.

                  Rule XI. Recommendation of Conferees

    The Chairman of the Committee shall recommend to the 
Speaker as conferees the names of those members (1) of the 
majority party selected by the Chairman, and (2) of the 
minority party selected by the ranking minority member of the 
Committee. Recommendations of conferees to the Speaker shall 
provide a ratio of majority party members to minority party 
members which shall be no less favorable to the majority party 
than the ratio for the Committee.

                          Rule XII. Oversight

    (a) Purpose.--The Committee shall carry out oversight 
responsibilities as provided in this rule in order to assist 
the House in--
          (1) its analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of--
                  (A) the application, administration, 
                execution, and effectiveness of the laws 
                enacted by the Congress; or
                  (B) conditions and circumstances which may 
                indicate the necessity or desirability of 
                enacting new or additional legislation; and
          (2) its formulation, consideration, and enactment of 
        such modifications or changes in those laws, and of 
        such additional legislation, as may be necessary or 
        appropriate.
    (b) Oversight Plan.--Not later than February 15 of the 
first session of each Congress, the Committee shall adopt its 
oversight plan for that Congress in accordance with clause 
2(d)(1) of Rule X of the Rules of the House.
    (c) Review of Laws and Programs.--The Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study, 
on a continuing basis, the application, administration, 
execution, and effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, 
the subject matter of which is within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee, and the organization and operation of the Federal 
agencies and entities having responsibilities in or for the 
administration and execution thereof, in order to determine 
whether such laws and the programs thereunder are being 
implemented and carried out in accordance with the intent of 
the Congress and whether such programs should be continued, 
curtailed, or eliminated. In addition, the Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study 
any conditions or circumstances which may indicate the 
necessity or desirability of enacting new or additional 
legislation within the jurisdiction of the Committee (whether 
or not any bill or resolution has been introduced with respect 
thereto), and shall on a continuing basis undertake future 
research and forecasting on matters within the jurisdiction of 
the Committee.
    (d) Review of Tax Policies.--The Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study 
on a continuing basis the impact or probable impact of tax 
policies affecting subjects within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee.

    Rule XIII. Review of Continuing Programs; Budget Act Provisions

    (a) Ensuring Annual Appropriations.--The Committee shall, 
in its consideration of all bills and joint resolutions of a 
public character within its jurisdiction, ensure that 
appropriations for continuing programs and activities of the 
Federal Government and the District of Columbia government will 
be made annually to the maximum extent feasible and consistent 
with the nature, requirements, and objectives of the programs 
and activities involved.
    (b) Review of Multi-Year Appropriations.--The Committee 
shall review, from time to time, each continuing program within 
its jurisdiction for which appropriations are not made annually 
in order to ascertain whether such program could be modified so 
that appropriations therefore would be made annually.
    (c) Views and Estimates.--In accordance with clause 4(f)(1) 
of Rule X of the Rules of the House, the Committee shall submit 
to the Committee on the Budget--
          (1) its views and estimates with respect to all 
        matters to be set forth in the concurrent resolution on 
        the budget for the ensuing fiscal year which are within 
        its jurisdiction or functions; and
          (2) an estimate of the total amount of new budget 
        authority, and budget outlays resulting therefrom, to 
        be provided or authorized in all bills and resolutions 
        within its jurisdiction which it intends to be 
        effective during that fiscal year.
    (d) Budget Allocations.--As soon as practicable after a 
concurrent resolution on the budget for any fiscal year is 
agreed to, the Committee (after consulting with the appropriate 
committee or committees of the Senate) shall subdivide any 
allocations made to it in the joint explanatory statement 
accompanying the conference report on such resolution, and 
promptly report such subdivisions to the House, in the manner 
provided by section 302 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974.
    (e) Reconciliation.--Whenever the Committee is directed in 
a concurrent resolution on the budget to determine and 
recommend changes in laws, bills, or resolutions under the 
reconciliation process, it shall promptly make such 
determination and recommendations, and report a reconciliation 
bill or resolution (or both) to the House or submit such 
recommendations to the Committee on the Budget, in accordance 
with the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

                           Rule XIV. Records

    (a) Keeping of Records.--The Committee shall keep a 
complete record of all Committee action which shall include--
          (1) in the case of any meeting or hearing 
        transcripts, a substantially verbatim account of 
        remarks actually made during the proceedings, subject 
        only to technical, grammatical, and typographical 
        corrections authorized by the person making the remarks 
        involved; and
          (2) a record of the votes on any question on which a 
        record vote is taken.
    (b) Public Inspection.--The result of each such record vote 
shall be made available by the Committee for inspection by the 
public at reasonable times in the offices of the Committee. 
Information so available for public inspection shall include a 
description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition and the name of each member voting for and each 
member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition, and the names of those members present but not 
voting.
    (c) Property of the House.--All Committee records 
(including hearings, data, charts, and files) shall be kept 
separate and distinct from the congressional office records of 
the member serving as Chairman of the Committee; and such 
records shall be the property of the House and all members of 
the House shall have access thereto.
    (d) Availability of Archived Records.--The records of the 
Committee at the National Archives and Records Administration 
shall be made available for public use in accordance with Rule 
VII of the Rules of the House. The Chairman shall notify the 
ranking minority member of the Committee of any decision, 
pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of such rule, to 
withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter shall be 
presented to the Committee for a determination on written 
request of any member of the Committee.
    (e) Authority To Print.--The Committee is authorized to 
have printed and bound testimony and other data presented at 
hearings held by the Committee. All costs of stenographic 
services and transcripts in connection with any meeting or 
hearing of the Committee shall be paid as provided in clause 
1(c) of Rule XI of the House.

                       Rule XV. Committee Budgets

    (a) Biennial Budget.--The Chairman, in consultation with 
the chairman of each subcommittee, the majority members of the 
Committee, and the minority members of the Committee, shall, 
for each Congress, prepare a consolidated Committee budget. 
Such budget shall include necessary amounts for staff 
personnel, necessary travel, investigation, and other expenses 
of the Committee.
    (b) Additional Expenses.--Authorization for the payment of 
additional or unforeseen Committee expenses may be procured by 
one or more additional expense resolutions processed in the 
same manner as set out herein.
    (c) Travel Requests.--The Chairman or any chairman of a 
subcommittee may initiate necessary travel requests as provided 
in Committee Rule XVII within the limits of the consolidated 
budget as approved by the House and the Chairman may execute 
necessary vouchers thereof.
    (d) Monthly Reports.--Once monthly, the Chairman shall 
submit to the Committee on House Administration, in writing, a 
full and detailed accounting of all expenditures made during 
the period since the last such accounting from the amount 
budgeted to the Committee. Such report shall show the amount 
and purpose of such expenditure and the budget to which such 
expenditure is attributed. A copy of such monthly report shall 
be available in the Committee office for review by members of 
the Committee.

                       Rule XVI. Committee Staff

    (a) Appointment by Chairman.--The Chairman shall appoint 
and determine the remuneration of, and may remove, the 
employees of the Committee not assigned to the minority. The 
staff of the Committee not assigned to the minority shall be 
under the general supervision and direction of the Chairman, 
who shall establish and assign the duties and responsibilities 
of such staff members and delegate such authority as he or she 
determines appropriate.
    (b) Appointment by Ranking Minority Member.--The ranking 
minority member of the Committee shall appoint and determine 
the remuneration of, and may remove, the staff assigned to the 
minority within the budget approved for such purposes. The 
staff assigned to the minority shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the ranking minority member of the 
Committee who may delegate such authority as he or she 
determines appropriate.
    (c) Intention Regarding Staff.--It is intended that the 
skills and experience of all members of the Committee staff 
shall be available to all members of the Committee.

                 Rule XVII. Travel of Members and Staff

    (a) Approval.--Consistent with the primary expense 
resolution and such additional expense resolutions as may have 
been approved, the provisions of this rule shall govern travel 
of Committee members and staff. Travel to be reimbursed from 
funds set aside for the Committee for any member or any staff 
member shall be paid only upon the prior authorization of the 
Chairman. Travel shall be authorized by the Chairman for any 
member and any staff member in connection with the attendance 
of hearings conducted by the Committee or any subcommittee and 
meetings, conferences, and investigations which involve 
activities or subject matter under the general jurisdiction of 
the Committee. Before such authorization is given there shall 
be submitted to the Chairman in writing the following:
          (1) The purpose of the travel.
          (2) The dates during which the travel is to be made 
        and the date or dates of the event for which the travel 
        is being made.
          (3) The location of the event for which the travel is 
        to be made.
          (4) The names of members and staff seeking 
        authorization.
    (b) Subcommittee Travel.--In the case of travel of members 
and staff of a subcommittee to hearings, meetings, conferences, 
and investigations involving activities or subject matter under 
the legislative assignment of such subcommittee, prior 
authorization must be obtained from the subcommittee chairman 
and the Chairman. Such prior authorization shall be given by 
the Chairman only upon the representation by the chairman of 
such subcommittee in writing setting forth those items 
enumerated in subparagraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) of paragraph 
(a) and that there has been a compliance where applicable with 
Committee Rule VI.
    (c) Travel Outside the United States.--
          (1) In general.--In the case of travel outside the 
        United States of members and staff of the Committee or 
        of a subcommittee for the purpose of conducting 
        hearings, investigations, studies, or attending 
        meetings and conferences involving activities or 
        subject matter under the legislative assignment of the 
        Committee or pertinent subcommittee, prior 
        authorization must be obtained from the Chairman, or, 
        in the case of a subcommittee from the subcommittee 
        chairman and the Chairman. Before such authorization is 
        given there shall be submitted to the Chairman, in 
        writing, a request for such authorization. Each 
        request, which shall be filed in a manner that allows 
        for a reasonable period of time for review before such 
        travel is scheduled to begin, shall include the 
        following:
                  (A) The purpose of the travel.
                  (B) The dates during which the travel will 
                occur.
                  (C) The names of the countries to be visited 
                and the length of time to be spent in each.
                  (D) An agenda of anticipated activities for 
                each country for which travel is authorized 
                together with a description of the purpose to 
                be served and the areas of Committee 
                jurisdiction involved.
                  (E) The names of members and staff for whom 
                authorization is sought.
          (2) Initiation of Requests.--Requests for travel 
        outside the United States may be initiated by the 
        Chairman or the chairman of a subcommittee (except that 
        individuals may submit a request to the Chairman for 
        the purpose of attending a conference or meeting) and 
        shall be limited to members and permanent employees of 
        the Committee.
    (d) Reports by Members and Staff.--Within 15 legislative 
days from the conclusion of any hearing, investigation, study, 
meeting, or conference for which travel has been authorized 
pursuant to this rule, each member and staff member involved in 
such travel shall submit a written report to the Chairman 
covering the activities and other pertinent observations or 
information gained as a result of such travel.
    (e) Applicability of Laws, Rules, Policies.--Members and 
staff of the Committee performing authorized travel on official 
business shall be governed by applicable laws, resolutions, or 
regulations of the House and of the Committee on House 
Administration pertaining to such travel, and by the travel 
policy of the Committee.

                      Rule XVIII. Committee Panels

    (a) Designation.--In accordance with clause 5(b)(2)(C) of 
Rule X of the Rules of the House, the Chairman of the 
Committee, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
may designate a panel of the Committee consisting of members of 
the Committee to inquire into and take testimony on a matter or 
matters that fall within the jurisdiction of more than one 
subcommittee and to report to the Committee.
    (b) Duration.--No panel designated under paragraph (a) 
shall continue in existence for more than six months after the 
date of the designation.
    (c) Party Ratios and Appointment.--The ratio of majority 
members to minority members on a panel designated under 
paragraph (a) shall be as close as practicable to the ratio of 
the Full Committee. All majority members of the panels shall be 
appointed by the Chairman of the Committee, and all minority 
members shall be appointed by the ranking minority member of 
the Committee. The Chairman of the Committee shall choose one 
of the majority members so appointed to serve as Chairman of 
the panel. The ranking minority member of the Committee shall 
similarly choose the ranking minority member of the panel.
    (d) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee may serve as ex-officio members of a 
panel designated under paragraph (a). The Chairman and ranking 
minority member are authorized to vote on matters that arise 
before the panel and shall be counted to satisfy the quorum 
requirement for any purpose.
    (e) Jurisdiction.--No panel designated under paragraph (a) 
shall have legislative jurisdiction.
    (f) Applicability of Committee Rules.--A panel designated 
under paragraph (a) shall be subject to all Committee Rules 
herein.

                       STATISTICAL OVERVIEW--2013

Total number of Bills and Resolutions Referred to the 
            Committee: 277
Total number of Public Laws: 12
Total number of Concurrent Resolutions approved by both 
            Chambers: 4
Total number of Bills and Resolutions that Passed the House: 23
Total number of Committee Resolutions approved by the Full 
            Committee: 25
Total number of Bills and Resolutions Reported to the House: 17
Total number of Bills Ordered Reported: 23

Total number of Meeting Days: 68
Full Committee: 11
Hearings: 3
Markups: 7
Organizational Meeting: 1

Subcommittee on Aviation: 9
Hearings: 6
Listening Sessions: 3

Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation: 9
Funding Hearings: 9

Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Building, and 
            Emergency Management: 7
Hearings: 5
Roundtables: 2

Subcommittee on Highways and Transit: 7
Hearings: 6
Roundtables: 1

Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials: 
            10
Hearings: 7
Roundtables: 3

Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment: 6
Hearings: 4
Roundtables: 2

Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation: 9
Hearings: 6
Roundtables: 3
             COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             113TH CONGRESS


   BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania, 
             Chairman
NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia, 
          Ranking Member

PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon             DON YOUNG, Alaska
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,               THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin
  District of Columbia               HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina
JERROLD NADLER, New York             JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee
CORRINE BROWN, Florida               JOHN L. MICA, Florida
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland         GARY G. MILLER, California
RICK LARSEN, Washington              SAM GRAVES, Missouri
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts    SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, West 
TIMOTHY H. BISHOP, New York          Virginia
MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine            CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan
GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California      DUNCAN HUNTER, California
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           Arkansas
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana
JOHN GARAMENDI, California           BOB GIBBS, Ohio
ANDRE CARSON, Indiana                PATRICK MEEHAN. Pennsylvania
JANICE HAHN, California              RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona             STEVE SOUTHERLAND II, Florida
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   JEFF DENHAM, California
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York       REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut       THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
LOIS FRANKEL, Florida                STEVE DAINES, Montana
CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois               TOM RICE, South Carolina
                                     MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma
                                     ROGER WILLIAMS, Texas
                                     TREY RADEL, Florida
                                     MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
                                     SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
                                     RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
                                     MARK SANFORD, South Carolina

                         Legislative Activities


                         Full Committee Markups


                FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, FEBRUARY 28, 2013

    Considered and ordered reported:
          
 H. Con. Res. 18, Authorizing the use of the 
        Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers' 
        Memorial Service
          
 H. Con. Res. 19, Authorizing the use of the 
        Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box 
        Derby
          
 General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions
          
 Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Views and Estimates 
        of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

                  FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, MAY 16, 2013

    Considered and ordered reported:
          
 H.R. 3, To approve the construction, 
        operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline, 
        and for other purposes
          
 General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions
          
 H.R. 1092, To designate the air route 
        traffic control center located in Nashua, New 
        Hampshire, as the ``Patricia Clark Boston Air Route 
        Traffic Control Center.''

                  FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, JULY 10, 2013

    Considered and ordered reported:
          
 H.R. 1848, To ensure that the Federal 
        Aviation Administration advances the safety of small 
        airplanes, and the continued development of the general 
        aviation industry, and for other purposes
                    LoBiondo Amendment
          
 H.R. 2576, To amend title 49, United States 
        Code, to modify requirements relating to the 
        availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents, 
        and for other purposes
          
 H.R. 2612, To amend title 40, United States 
        Code, to improve the functioning and management of the 
        Public Buildings Service
          
 H.R. 2611, To designate the headquarters 
        building of the Coast Guard on the campus located at 
        2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue Southeast in the 
        District of Columbia as the ``Douglas A. Munro Coast 
        Guard Headquarters Building,'' and for other purposes
          
 H. Con. Res. 44, Authorizing the use of the 
        Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special 
        Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

                  FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, JULY 18, 2013

    Considered and ordered reported:
          
 H.R. 185, To designate the United States 
        courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, 
        Texas, as the ``Paul Brown United States Courthouse''
          
 H.R. 579, To designate the United States 
        courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, 
        Mississippi, as the ``R. Jess Brown United States 
        Courthouse''
          
 H.R. 2251, To designate the United States 
        courthouse located at 118 South Mill Street, in Fergus 
        Falls, Minnesota, as the ``Edward J. Devitt United 
        States Courthouse''
                    Barletta Amendment
          
 H.R. 1961, To amend title 46, United States 
        Code, to extend the exemption from the fire-retardant 
        materials construction requirement for vessels 
        operating within the Boundary Line
          
 H.R. 2353, To amend title 23, United States 
        Code, with respect to the operation of vehicles on 
        certain Wisconsin highways, and for other purposes

               FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

    Considered and ordered reported:
          
 H.R. 3096, To designate the building 
        occupied by the Federal Bureau of Investigation located 
        at 801 Follin Lane, Vienna, Virginia, as the ``Michael 
        D. Resnick Terrorist Screening Center''
          
 H.R. 3095, To ensure that any new or revised 
        requirement providing for the screening, testing, or 
        treatment of individuals operating commercial motor 
        vehicles for sleep disorders is adopted pursuant to a 
        rulemaking proceeding, and for other purposes
          
 H.R. 3080, To provide for improvements to 
        the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide 
        for the conservation and development of water and 
        related resources, and for other purposes
                    Shuster Manager's Amendment
                    Shuster Substitute Amendment to the 
                Southerland Amendment

                FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, OCTOBER 29, 2013

    Considered and ordered reported:
          
 H.R. 3300, (Shuster-R) To reauthorize the 
        programs and activities of the Federal Emergency 
        Management Agency
                    Shuster Amendment
                    Davis Amendment
                    Frankel Amendment
          
 H.R. 2026, (Herrera Beutler-R) To amend the 
        Federal Water Pollution Control Act to exempt certain 
        silvicultural activities from national pollutant 
        discharge elimination system permitting requirements, 
        and for other purposes
          
 H.R. 311, (Crawford-R) To direct the 
        Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to 
        change the Spill Prevention, Control, and 
        Countermeasure rule with respect to certain farms
          
 H.R. 935, (Gibbs-R) To amend the Federal 
        Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the 
        Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify 
        congressional intent regarding the regulation of the 
        use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for 
        other purposes

                FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, DECEMBER 4, 2013

    Considered and ordered reported:
          
 General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions
          
 H.R. 3578, (LoBiondo-R) To ensure that any 
        new or revised requirement providing for the screening, 
        testing, or treatment of an airman or an air traffic 
        controller for a sleep disorder is adopted pursuant to 
        a rulemaking proceeding, and for other purposes
                    LoBiondo Amendment
          
 H.R. 3628, (Shuster-R) To eliminate certain 
        unnecessary reporting requirements and consolidate or 
        modify others, and for other purposes

                          Exchanges of Letters


        Bills Referred or Sequentially Referred to the Committee


                                 H.R. 3

    To approve the construction, operation, and maintenance of 
the Keystone XL pipeline, and for other purposes.
    Short Title: ``Northern Route Approval Act''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte occurred on 
May 17 and 20, 2013. The exchange of letters was printed in the 
Congressional Record dated May 22, 2013, on pages H2862 and 
H2863.

                                H.R. 803

    To reform and strengthen the workforce investment system of 
the Nation to put Americans back to work and make the United 
States more competitive in the 21st century.
    Short Title: ``Supporting Knowledge and Investing in 
Lifelong Skills Act'' or the ``SKILLS Act''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline 
occurred on March 5 and 7, 2013. The exchange of letters was 
printed in House Report 113-14 on pages 155-156.

                               H.R. 2576

    To amend title 49, United States Code, to modify 
requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety 
regulatory documents, and for other purposes.
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton occurred 
on July 11, 2013. The exchange of letters was printed on pages 
7 and 8 of House Report 113-152, Part I.

                               H.R. 3080

    To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of 
the United States, to provide for the conservation and 
development of water and related resources, and for other 
purposes.
    Short Title: ``Water Resources Reform and Development Act 
of 2013''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on the Budget Chairman Paul Ryan occurred on 
September 27 and 30, 2013. The exchange of letters was printed 
in House Report 113-246, Part I on pages 320 and 321.
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings occurred 
on October 3 and 4, 2013. The exchange of letters was printed 
in House Report 113-246, Part I on pages 322 through 324.
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp occurred on 
October 17 and 18, 2013. The exchange of letters was printed in 
House Report 113-246, Part I on pages 325 through 327.

                  Bills Not Referred to the Committee


                                H.R. 850

    To impose additional human rights and economic and 
financial sanctions with respect to Iran, and for other 
purposes.
    Short Title: ``Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Foreign Affairs Chairman Edward R. Royce and Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster 
occurred on June 26 and July 9, 2013. The exchange of letters 
was printed on pages 31 and 32 of House Report 113-177, Part I.

                               H.R. 1582

    To protect consumers by prohibiting the Administrator of 
the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating as final 
certain energy-related rules that are estimated to cost more 
than $1 billion and will cause significant adverse effects to 
the economy.
    Short Title: ``Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton and Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster 
occurred on July 17 and 18, 2013. The exchange of letters was 
printed on pages 26 and 27 of House Report 113-164.

                               H.R. 1947

    To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural 
and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 
fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes.
    Short Title: ``Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk 
Management Act of 2013''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Agriculture Chairman Frank D. Lucas and Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster 
occurred May 22 and 23, 2013. The exchange of letters was 
printed on page E934 of the Congressional Record dated June 20, 
2013.

                               H.R. 1960

    To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense and for 
military construction, to prescribe military personnel 
strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
    Short Title: ``National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2014''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Armed Services Chairman Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon and Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster 
occurred on June 7, 2013. The exchange of letters was printed 
on page 524 of House Report 113-102.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings Held by the Full Committee


              THE FEDERAL ROLE IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE

    On February 13, 2013, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure held a hearing entitled ``The Federal Role in 
America's Infrastructure.'' The purpose of the hearing was to 
underscore the importance of infrastructure to the American 
economy and examine the role of the federal government in 
providing safe, efficient, and reliable infrastructure. The 
Committee received testimony from the Honorable Edward G. 
Rendell, Co-Chair, Building America's Future, Thomas J. 
Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Terry 
O'Sullivan, General President, Laborers' International Union of 
North America.

       GAO REVIEW: ARE ADDITIONAL FEDERAL COURTHOUSES JUSTIFIED?

    On April 17, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to examine 
the results of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) 
review of the judiciary's five-year Courthouse Project Plan and 
whether additional federal courthouses are justified. The 
hearing focused on the excess space the federal judiciary 
currently maintains, the criteria for evaluating whether new 
courthouses are needed, and how the judiciary uses space. The 
Committee received testimony from GAO, the General Services 
Administration (GSA), and the federal judiciary.

       PROGRESS REPORT: HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY--ONE YEAR LATER

    On November 14, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to 
receive testimony related to the status of Hurricane Sandy 
recovery efforts and federal agencies' progress in implementing 
recovery objectives, allocating disaster assistance funding, 
and meeting associated deadlines. The Committee heard from 
Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Railroad 
Administration (FRA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Army Corps 
of Engineers who provided a progress report on their ongoing 
efforts. Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 
29, 2012. The Category 1 hurricane was responsible for 
approximately 131 deaths and $50 billion in economic losses 
according to a February 2013 report from the Congressional 
Research Service. The Sandy Supplemental was enacted on January 
29, 2013, and included $50.5 billion in disaster assistance for 
certain government agencies to assist, improve, and streamline 
Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Continuing oversight of how 
programs under the Committee's jurisdiction are impacting the 
recovery effort is and will remain a priority for the 
Committee.

                        SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             113TH CONGRESS


  FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey, 
             Chairman
 RICK LARSEN, Washington, Ranking 
              Member

PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon             THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts    JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            SAM GRAVES, Missouri
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
ANDRE CARSON, Indiana                LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York       JEFF DENHAM, California
CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois               REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
CORRINE BROWN, Florida               THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut       STEVE DAINES, Montana
NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia     ROGER WILLIAMS, Texas
  (ex officio)                       TREY RADEL, Florida
                                     MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
                                     RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois, Vice Chair
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

                         Legislative Activities


 To Designate the Air Route Traffic Control Center Located in Nashua, 
New Hampshire, as the ``Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control 
                                Center''


                     PUBLIC LAW 113-25 (H.R. 1092)

Summary

    The legislation names the air route traffic control center 
in Nashua, New Hampshire, after Patricia Clark, a longtime 
employee of that facility.

Legislative History

    H.R. 1092 was introduced by Congresswoman Ann M. Kuster on 
March 12, 2013, and referred to the Committee on Transportation 
and Infrastructure (the ``Committee''). H.R. 1092 was reported 
by the Committee (House Report 133-97) on June 5, 2013. H.R. 
1092 was then considered in the House under suspension of the 
Rules on June 25, 2013, and passed by a rollcall vote of 392 
yeas and 3 nays, with one voting present (rollcall No. 288).
    On June 26, 2013, H.R. 1092 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under 
General Orders. Calendar No. 98. H.R. 1092 passed the Senate 
without amendment by Unanimous Consent on July 24, 2013.
    H.R. 1092 was presented to the President on August 1, 2013, 
and the President signed the bill on August 9, 2013 (Public Law 
113-25).

               Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013


                     PUBLIC LAW 113-53 (H.R. 1848)

    To ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration advances 
the safety of small airplanes, and the continued development of 
the general aviation industry, and for other purposes.

Summary

    The legislation will streamline the process of certifying 
small aircraft and reduce costs by requiring the Federal 
Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue a final rule updating 
its current certification standards by December 2015.

Legislative History

    H.R. 1848 was introduced by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) 
on May 17, 2013. H.R. 1848 was ordered reported by the Full 
Committee on July 10, 2013, as amended. The bill was reported 
by the Committee (House Report 113-151) on July 16, 2013. H.R. 
1848 was then considered in the House under suspension of the 
Rules on July 16, 2013, and passed by a rollcall vote of 411 
yeas and 0 nays (rollcall No. 355).
    On October 4, 2013, H.R. 1848 was received in the Senate 
and passed, with an amendment by unanimous consent.
    On November 14, 2013, the House agreed to the Senate 
amendment by unanimous consent.
    H.R. 1848 was presented to the President on November 21, 
2013, and signed into law on November 27, 2013 (Public Law 113-
53).

        National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014


                          H.R. 3304/H.R. 1960

    To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense, for military 
construction, and for defense activities of the Department of 
Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such 
fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3304 authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 2014 
for military activities of the Department of Defense, for 
military construction, and for defense activities of the 
Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths 
for such fiscal year. H.R. 3304 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittees on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation and the Subcommittee on Aviation. The 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure worked with the 
Committee on Armed Services to clear provisions in H.R. 3304 
within the Committee's jurisdiction.

Legislative History

    H.R. 1960 was introduced by the Chairman of the Committee 
on Armed Services, Mr. Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon, on May 14, 
2013.
    H.R. 1960 was reported with amendments by the Committee on 
Armed Services (House Report 113-102) on June 7, 2013.
    H.R. 1960 was considered in the House under a Rule on June 
12-14, 2013, and passed by a rollcall vote of 315 yeas and 108 
nays (rollcall No. 244).
    On July 8, 2013, H.R. 1960 was received in the Senate, read 
twice and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under 
General Orders. (Calendar No. 126)
    H.R. 3304 was introduced by Congressman Theodore E. Deutch 
(D-FL) on October 22, 2013.
    H.R. 3304 was considered in the House under suspension of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives on October 28, 2013, 
and passed by voice vote.
    On November 19, 2013, H.R. 3304 passed the Senate with 
amendments by Unanimous Consent.
    On December 12, 2013, the House agreed to Senate amendments 
with an amendment pursuant to H. Res. 441. The amendment 
contains language similar to H.R. 1960.

   To Ensure That Any New or Revised Requirements Providing for the 
    Screening, Testing, or Treatment of an Airman or an Air Traffic 
  Controller for a Sleep Disorder Is Adopted Pursuant to a Rulemaking 
                   Proceeding, and for Other Purposes


                               H.R. 3578

Summary

    The legislation requires the FAA to go through an open 
rulemaking process if they choose to propose and implement new 
sleep disorder requirements for pilots and air traffic 
controllers.

Legislative History

    H.R. 3578 was introduced by Congressmen Frank A. LoBiondo, 
(R-NJ), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Daniel 
Lipinski (D-IL), and Sam Graves (R-MO), on November 21, 2013.
    On December 4, 2013, H.R. 3578 was ordered reported, as 
amended, by voice vote.

                          Oversight Activities


               Meetings, Hearings, and Listening Sessions


  IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FAA REAUTHORIZATION AND REFORM ACT: ONE YEAR 
                                 LATER

    Just a little over a year after enactment, on February 27, 
2013, the Subcommittee on Aviation held an oversight hearing on 
the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act (Reform Act). The 
purpose of the hearing was to address the progress that the FAA 
had made in the implementation of the law. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from the Administrator of the FAA.

                  NEXTGEN OVERSIGHT LISTENING SESSION

    On April 10, 2013, the Subcommittee on Aviation held a 
listening session with representatives of airlines that have 
equipped their aircraft to utilize NextGen infrastructure and 
procedures. The airlines voiced their concern that they are not 
seeing a return on their investment and that the FAA had failed 
to produce the NextGen benefits as promised. Members and 
participants discussed possible solutions to get better usage 
out of NextGen procedures as well as ways for the FAA to 
deliver the NextGen benefits promised.

REVIEW OF THE FAA'S PROGRESS IN IMPLEMENTING THE FAA MODERNIZATION AND 
                               REFORM ACT

    On May 16, 2013, the Subcommittee on Aviation held a second 
oversight hearing on the Reform Act. The hearing was a 
continuation of the February 2013 hearing addressing the FAA's 
progress in implementing the law. The Subcommittee received 
testimony from the Administrator of the FAA.

   NEXTGEN PERFORMANCE-BASED NAVIGATION PROCEDURES LISTENING SESSION

    On May 22, 2013, the Subcommittee on Aviation held the 
second in a series of NextGen listening sessions, meeting with 
representatives of various aviation stakeholders and the FAA. 
The purpose of the listening session was to find ways to allow 
users of the National Airspace System who have equipped their 
aircraft with NextGen technology to better utilize advanced, 
performance-based procedures that rely on NextGen technology.

             LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE BOEING 787 INCIDENTS

    On June 12, 2013, the Subcommittee on Aviation held an 
oversight hearing on the Boeing 787 incidents that occurred 
earlier in the year. The purpose of this hearing was to explore 
and discuss lessons learned and actions taken as a result of 
the Boeing 787 battery incidents. The Subcommittee received 
testimony from the FAA's Associate Administrator for Aviation 
Safety and The Boeing Company.

             CAUSES OF DELAYS TO THE FAA'S NEXTGEN PROGRAM

    On July 17, 2013, the Subcommittee on Aviation held an 
oversight hearing on the FAA's NextGen program. The purpose of 
the hearing was to address the delays in the FAA's 
implementation of NextGen as outlined in an audit conducted by 
the Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General (IG). 
The Subcommittee received testimony from the Administrator of 
the FAA and the DOT IG.

  REVIEW OF THE FAA'S CERTIFICATION PROGRESS: ENSURING AN EFFICIENT, 
                      EFFECTIVE, AND SAFE PROCESS

    On October 30, 2013, the Subcommittee on Aviation held a 
hearing on the FAA's safety certification processes. The 
purpose of the hearing was to review the FAA's progress in 
implementing provisions in the Reform Act, which requires the 
agency to develop plans to streamline their certification 
process and address regional inconsistencies. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from witnesses representing the Federal 
Aviation Administration, GAO, the DOT IG, the General Aviation 
Manufacturers Association, the Aerospace Industries 
Association, the National Air Transportation Association, and 
the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists.

                NEXTGEN IMPLEMENTATION LISTENING SESSION

    On November 19, 2013, the Subcommittee on Aviation held the 
third in a series of NextGen listening sessions with the FAA, 
GAO and the DOT IG, to follow up on the July NextGen hearing 
and again review the FAA's progress in implementing NextGen. 
Significant concerns were raised by the GAO and DOT IG in 
regard to the FAA's lack of progress implementing NextGen, and 
the lack of benefits for users of the National Airspace System.

          CLASSIFIED MEMBERS BRIEFING: AVIATION THREAT UPDATE

    On November 20, 2013, the Committee on Homeland Security, 
Transportation Security Subcommittee, held a classified 
Members' briefing and extended an invitation to Members of the 
Subcommittee on Aviation. At this classified briefing, 
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John 
Pistole briefed Members on terrorist threats to commercial 
aviation.

                     THE STATE OF AMERICAN AVIATION

    On December 12, 2013, the Subcommittee on Aviation held a 
hearing to explore the state of American aviation. The purpose 
of this hearing was to hear from government, industry, and 
other stakeholders on the state of American aviation and learn 
about any issues or policy areas they believe need to be 
addressed in the next FAA reauthorization. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from representatives of the DOT, National 
Business Aviation Association, American Association of Airport 
Executives, Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, 
General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and Airlines for 
America.

                           Oversight Letters


                        BOEING 787 BATTERY ISSUE

    In January 2013, there were two incidents involving a 
lithium ion battery on Boeing 787 aircraft--one on the ground 
in Boston and the second in the air over Japan. After ordering 
a review of all Boeing 787 critical systems, the FAA issued an 
emergency airworthiness directive that temporarily halted 787 
operations. On January 18, 2013, Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo of 
the Subcommittee on Aviation sent the FAA a letter requesting 
to be kept apprised of the results of the agency's review of 
the Boeing 787 battery issue, including lessons learned as a 
result of the review.

                  DOT SEQUESTRATION FURLOUGH OVERSIGHT

    On March 7, 2013, after the FAA announced its intention to 
furlough all FAA employees in order to implement sequestration, 
Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure sent a bicameral letter in conjunction with 
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation 
Ranking Member Thune to the DOT requesting information 
regarding the agency's decision to furlough employees rather 
than pursuing other options to reduce spending.

       SEQUESTRATION AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER CLOSURES OVERSIGHT

    On March 22, 2013, following the FAA's announcement that it 
intended to close over 100 air traffic control towers in its 
Federal Contract Tower Program (FCTP) in order to implement 
sequestration, Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure sent a bicameral letter in 
conjunction with Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation Ranking Member Thune to the DOT expressing 
concern about the agency's plan to close air traffic control 
towers in the FCTP. The letter also requested that the DOT 
provide a safety analysis for each proposed tower closing and a 
detailed explanation for how each tower would be closed.

                      OPPOSING AVIATION USER FEES

    On April 5, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman Frank A. 
LoBiondo and Ranking Member Rick Larsen of the Subcommittee on 
Aviation sent the President a letter in opposition of imposing 
a $100 per flight user fee on commercial and general aviation. 
The President's Budget for fiscal year 2014 included a proposal 
to impose the per flight user fee on aviation operators.

   REVIEW OF PRECLEARANCE FACILITY AT ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    In April 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that they 
were in final negotiations with the United Arab Emirates to set 
up a preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport. 
The Committee took note that in contrast to existing CBP 
preclearance facilities, no American airline currently serves 
Abu Dhabi International Airport. On April 17, 2013, Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation sent the DOT 
a letter in opposition of a CBP preclearance facility at Abu 
Dhabi International Airport. On April 18, 2013, Chairman Bill 
Shuster and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman Frank A. 
LoBiondo and Ranking Member Rick Larsen of the Subcommittee on 
Aviation sent a joint letter with the Committee on Homeland 
Security to the DHS requesting information about the agency's 
decision to provide the CBP preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi 
International Airport.

         DOT SEQUESTRATION DOCUMENTATION REQUEST AND OVERSIGHT

    On April 25, 2013, in a follow-up to its earlier letter 
dated February 25, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter in 
conjunction with House Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform Chairman Darrell Issa to the DOT requesting that the 
Department provide both Committees with a comprehensive set of 
documents and communications related to the FAA's 
implementation of sequestration.

           REVIEW OF SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IMPLEMENTATION

    On May 3, 2013, Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman Frank A. 
LoBiondo requested that the GAO review the status of 
implementation of safety management systems across the aviation 
community, including the FAA's internal lines of business, 
airports, airlines and other industry segments, and assess the 
FAA's oversight.

     OPPOSITION TO AIRSHOW FAA AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER FUNDING CUTS

    On May 24, 2013, following an announcement that the FAA 
would begin charging air shows to provide air traffic control 
services, Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure sent the FAA a letter asking 
the agency reconsider its decision regarding funding for EAA 
Air Venture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

        REVIEW OF TSA MODIFICATIONS TO THE PROHIBITED ITEMS LIST

    On June 24, 2013, Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman Frank 
A. LoBiondo requested that the GAO review TSA's process for 
modifying their prohibited items list, including how it 
consults with private and public stakeholders and how this 
process addresses TSA's risk-based approach toward screening 
procedures.

                 REVIEW OF FAA ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

    On September 4, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested the 
DOT IG review the FAA's current organizational structure, 
compare it with other countries' air traffic control 
organizations, and identify possible benefits of alternative 
structural reforms. The DOT IG is expected to issue their 
report in 2014.

               NEW PILOT RECORDS DATABASE IMPLEMENTATION

    On September 10, 2013, Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo and 
Ranking Member Rick Larsen of the Subcommittee on Aviation 
requested the DOT IG continue to monitor and examine FAA and 
industry progress in implementing the new pilot records 
database as mandated by the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation 
Administration Extension Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-216). This is 
the final major mandate put in place in response to the tragic 
February 2009 Colgan Air flight 3407 regional airline accident. 
The DOT IG is expected to issue their report in 2014.

               RESPONDING TO NEXTGEN CHALLENGES: A REVIEW

    On September 26, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested GAO 
review how effectively the FAA has responded to the challenges 
in NextGen implementation that have been identified by the GAO 
and others.

EVALUATION OF FAA INFORMATION SECURITY CONTROLS IMPLEMENTATION FOR AIR 
                            TRAFFIC CONTROL

    On September 26, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested 
that GAO update its 2005 study evaluating the extent the FAA 
has implemented effective information security controls for air 
traffic control.

             UPDATE ON AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FUNDING

    On September 26, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested 
that GAO review future demands on airport infrastructure and 
the funding capacity of airports to meet national and regional 
needs and to maintain a safe and efficient airport system.

                       AVIATION ACTIVITY FORECAST

    On September 26, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested 
that GAO study how the levels of aviation activity in the 
future will impact FAA operations and funding.

                      SESAR INTEROPERABILITY STUDY

    On September 26, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested 
that GAO review progress made by the FAA and key stakeholders 
to achieve global air traffic control harmonization and 
airspace interoperability, and in particular how the FAA's 
NextGen and the European's SESAR (the European air traffic 
control modernization program) can be better harmonized to 
streamline operations.

                REVIEWING FAA'S ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

    On October 1, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo and Ranking 
Member Rick Larsen of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested 
that the GAO gather a wide range of stakeholder perspectives, 
including labor, airlines, airports, and general aviation 
users, on the effectiveness of the FAA's organizational 
structure to support both the implementation of NextGen and the 
day-to-day operation of the National Airspace System.

           UPDATE ON FOREIGN AIR NAVIGATION SERVICE PROVIDERS

    On October 1, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman Frank A. 
LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested that the GAO 
update its 2005 study on the characteristics and performance of 
international air navigation service providers and include a 
review of how international systems differ from the United 
States in terms of number and complexity of operations and 
safety.

MAXIMIZING PERFORMANCE BASED NAVIGATION PROCEDURES THROUGH AIR TRAFFIC 
                      CONTROLLER AUTOMATION TOOLS

    On October 3, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo and Ranking 
Member Rick Larsen of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested 
the DOT IG assess the FAA's progress in developing and 
deploying new air traffic controller automation tools needed to 
maximize the use of Performance Based Navigation procedures. 
The DOT IG accepted this request and is expected to issue their 
report in 2014.

                UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS BASELINE STUDY

    On November 20, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo and Ranking 
Member Rick Larsen of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested 
the GAO undertake a study to provide a baseline of information, 
status, challenges and recommendations for improvement with 
regard to the acquisition of unmanned aircraft systems' 
operational and safety data and the coordination of research 
and development activities among federal agencies and between 
the federal and private sectors.

            UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS COMPETITIVENESS STUDY

    On November 20, 2013,Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman Frank A. 
LoBiondo and Ranking Member Rick Larsen of the Subcommittee on 
Aviation requested GAO undertake a study to address the key 
similarities and differences in the progress, development, and 
civilian uses of unmanned aircraft systems in key international 
markets and our trading partners, their implications for 
American competitiveness, and what lessons can be found for the 
United States from international approaches to the development 
and integration of unmanned aircraft systems.

     NEXTGEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE PRIORITIES FOR FAA'S NEXTGEN UNDER 
                             SEQUESTRATION

    On November 20, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo and Ranking 
Member Rick Larsen of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested 
that the DOT IG examine the FAA's response to the NextGen 
Advisory Committee's recommendations, including any actions the 
agency is taking to adjust its budget and plans.

       FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION'S CERTIFICATION PROCESSES

    On November 22, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested GAO 
conduct a review of the FAA's progress in carrying out 
recommendations developed from section 312 and 313 in the 
Reform Act concerning the FAA's attempts to streamline and 
reduce regional inconsistencies of interpretation for its 
certification processes.

                         FAA REVIEW AND REFORM

    On November 22, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested the 
GAO review and analyze the progress that the FAA has made in 
addressing its recommendations from section 812 of the Reform 
Act, which required the FAA to identify and develop 
recommendations to mitigate redundant, duplicative, ineffective 
or obsolete processes, positions, or offices.

     ALTERNATIVE MECHANISMS OF PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE COLLECTION

    On November 22, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo of the Subcommittee on Aviation requested 
that the GAO update its earlier study of collection mechanisms 
for passenger facility charges and focus on alternative 
collection methods that were identified in the GAO's prior 
report, or have subsequently been identified, and evaluate the 
technological readiness of these alternatives.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``Implementation of the FAA Modernization 
and Reform Act: One Year Later'' (February 27, 2013) Committee 
Print Number 113-3.
    Hearing entitled ``Review of the FAA's Progress in 
Implementing the FAA Modernization and Reform Act'' (May 16, 
2013) Committee Print Number 113-15.
    Hearing entitled ``Lessons Learned from the Boeing 787 
Incidents'' (June 12, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-24.
    Hearing entitled ``Causes of Delays to the FAA's NextGen 
Program'' (July 17, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-30.
    Hearing entitled ``Review of FAA's Certification Process: 
Ensuring an Efficient, Effective, and Safe Process'' (October 
30, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-40.
    Hearing entitled ``The State of American Aviation'' 
(December 12, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-46.

        SUBCOMMITTEE ON COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             113TH CONGRESS


    DUNCAN HUNTER, California, 
             Chairman
   JOHN GARAMENDI, California, 
          Ranking Member

ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland         DON YOUNG, Alaska
RICK LARSEN, Washington              HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina
TIMOTHY H. BISHOP, New York          FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
LOIS FRANKEL, Florida                PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania
CORRINE BROWN, Florida               STEVE SOUTHERLAND II, Florida,
JANICE HAHN, California                Vice Chair
NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia     TOM RICE, South Carolina
  (ex officio)                       TREY RADEL, Florida
                                     MARK SANFORD, South Carolina
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

                         Legislative Activities


        National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014


                          H.R. 3304/H.R. 1960

    To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense, for military 
construction, and for defense activities of the Department of 
Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such 
fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3304 authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 2014 
for military activities of the Department of Defense, for 
military construction, and for defense activities of the 
Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths 
for such fiscal year. H.R. 3304 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation and the Subcommittee on Aviation. The 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure worked with the 
Committee on Armed Services to clear provisions in H.R. 3304 
within the Committee's jurisdiction.

Legislative History

    H.R. 1960 was introduced by the Chairman of the Committee 
on Armed Services, Mr. Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon, on May 14, 
2013.
    H.R. 1960 was reported with amendments by the Committee on 
Armed Services (House Report 113-102) on June 7, 2013.
    H.R. 1960 was considered in the House under a Rule on June 
12-14, 2013, and passed by a rollcall vote of 315 yeas and 108 
nays (Rollcall No. 244).
    On July 8, 2013, H.R. 1960 was received in the Senate, read 
twice and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under 
General Orders. (Calendar No. 126)
    H.R. 3304 was introduced by Congressman Theodore E. Deutch 
(D-FL) on October 22, 2013.
    H.R. 3304 was considered in the House under suspension of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives on October 28, 2013, 
and passed by voice vote.
    On November 19, 2013, H.R. 3304 passed the Senate with 
amendments by Unanimous Consent.
    On December 12, 2013, the House agreed to Senate amendments 
with an amendment pursuant to H. Res. 441. The amendment 
contains language similar to H.R. 1960.

       Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013


            IN CONFERENCE WITH SENATE (H.R. 2642/ H.R. 1947)

    To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural 
and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 
fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 2642 provides for the reform and continuation of 
agricultural and other programs of the Department of 
Agriculture through fiscal year 2018. H.R. 2642 contains 
provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittees on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation; Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management; Highways and 
Transit; and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

Legislative Summary

    H.R. 1947 was introduced by Congressman Frank D. Lucas (R-
OK) on May 13, 2013.
    H.R. 1947 was considered in the House on June 20, 2013, and 
failed on passage by recorded vote of 195 yeas to 234 nays 
(Rollcall No. 286).
    H.R. 2642 was introduced by Congressman Frank D. Lucas (R-
OK) on July 10, 2013. H.R. 2642 contains language similar to 
H.R. 1947.
    H.R. 2642 passed the House by a rollcall vote of 216 yeas 
and 208 nays (Rollcall No. 353).
    On July 16, 2013, H.R. 2642 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar.
    On July 18, 2013, the Senate struck all after the Enacting 
Clause and substituted the language of S. 954 amended. 
Subsequently, the Senate passed the measure by unanimous 
consent.
    On October 11, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure wrote a letter to Speaker 
John A. Boehner to request the appointment of conferees from 
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    On October 17, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Ranking 
Member Corrine Brown (D-FL) wrote letters to Congressman Frank 
D. Lucas, Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Thad Cochran (R-
MS), and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (R-MN) to express 
objection to section 6206 of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2642.
    On October 25, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Ranking Member 
John Garamendi (D-CA) wrote letters to Congressman Frank D. 
Lucas (R-OK), Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Thad Cochran 
(R-MS), and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (R-MN) in support of 
the House-passed reauthorization of the Food for Peace Program 
in H.R. 2642.
    On October 30, 2013, the House and Senate began formal 
conference committee meetings.

To Amend Tile 46, United States Code, To Extend the Exemption From Fire 
  Retardant Materials Construction Requirements for Vessels Operating 
                        Within the Boundary Line


                               H.R. 1961

Summary

    H.R. 1961 extends through October 31, 2028, the exemption 
from vessel fire-retardant material construction requirements 
for certain vessels in operation before 1968 and operating in 
internal waters.

Legislative History

    H.R. 1961 was introduced by Congressman Chabot on May 14, 
2013, and referred to the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure.
    On July 18, 2013, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 1961 favorably reported to the House by a 
voice vote.
    The Committee reported H.R. 1961 to the House on July 24, 
2013 (House Report 113-175), and the bill was placed on the 
Union Calendar (Calendar No. 127).
    On September 25, 2013, H.R. 1961 was considered in the 
House under Suspension of the Rules and passed by the yeas and 
nays, 280-89 (Roll call No. 484).
    On September 26, 2013, H.R. 1961 was received in the 
Senate.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


                    COAST GUARD MISSION PERFORMANCE

    On February 26, 2013, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation held a hearing to examine how the Coast 
Guard allocates hours and resources among its multiple 
statutory missions, as well as how the Service measures mission 
performance. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the Coast 
Guard.

                  PORT AND VESSEL SAFETY AND SECURITY

    On March 14, 2013, the Coast Guard held a classified 
briefing for Members of the Transportation and Infrastructure 
Committee on how it collects and disseminates intelligence on 
vessels bound for the United States, as well as the tactics the 
Service uses, and the capabilities it has, to interdict vessels 
which pose a threat. The Coast Guard also discussed the 
security of port facilities and other shoreside infrastructure.

                  PORT AND VESSEL SAFETY AND SECURITY

    On April 10, 2013, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation held a hearing to review the efforts of 
the federal government to safeguard U.S. and international 
interests against acts of piracy off the coast of Africa and 
other waters. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the Coast 
Guard, the Navy, the Maritime Administration, Department of 
State, and Lloyd's Market Association.

         COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION AGENCY BUDGETS

    On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard 
and Maritime Transportation held a hearing to examine the 
fiscal year 2014 budget requests for the United States Coast 
Guard, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), and the Maritime 
Administration. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the Coast 
Guard, FMC, and the Maritime Administration.

    REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS AND ENCOURAGING JOB CREATION IN THE 
                            MARITIME SECTOR

    On May 21, 2013, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation held a hearing to examine the 
contributions of U.S.-flagged vessels and American mariners to 
our economy and national security. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from the Department of Transportation, the United 
States Transportation Command, Shipbuilders Council of America, 
American Maritime Partnership, Marine Engineers' Beneficial 
Association, and the Seafarers International Union.

                      COAST GUARD RECAPITALIZATION

    On June 26, 2013, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation held a hearing to review the status of 
the Coast Guard's current program to recapitalize its aircraft, 
cutters and information technology systems, as well as to 
examine the program's sustainability. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from the Coast Guard, Congressional Research Service, 
the Heritage Foundation, and the Center for American Progress.

                  PORT AND VESSEL SAFETY AND SECURITY

    On July 31, 2013, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation held a hearing to review Coast Guard 
maritime domain awareness (MDA) programs and whether such 
programs are improving the efficiency, safety, and security of 
maritime transportation. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
the Coast Guard, the GAO, and MDA stakeholders in private 
industry and academia.

    REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS AND ENCOURAGING JOB CREATION IN THE 
                            MARITIME SECTOR

    On September 10, 2013, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation held a hearing to review the status of 
regulations by the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA), the FMC, and the Maritime Administration, as well 
as examine how such regulations impact the maritime industry. 
The Subcommittee heard testimony from the Coast Guard, the FMC, 
the Maritime Administration, American Waterways Operators, USA 
Maritime, Sportfishing Association of California, National 
Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, 
Consortium of State Maritime Academies, and the National 
Disability Rights Network.

    REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS AND ENCOURAGING JOB CREATION IN THE 
                            MARITIME SECTOR

    On October 29, 2013, The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation met to examine regulatory and other 
issues impacting the maritime transportation sector that may be 
addressed in legislation. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
the Coast Guard, the EPA, the Maritime Administration, the FMC, 
and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

                    COAST GUARD MISSION PERFORMANCE

    On December 11, 2013, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation held a hearing to examine factors 
inhibiting the Coast Guard ability to meet its mission 
performance targets and whether those targets are truly 
achievable, as well as to review what steps the Service might 
take to adjust performance targets to address these factors and 
to acquire and maintain the capabilities necessary to meet such 
revised targets. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
Coast Guard.

                           Oversight Letters


                      COAST GUARD RECAPITALIZATION

    On February 5, 2013, Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter wrote a 
letter to Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro of the GAO. The 
letter requested the GAO review several areas of the Coast 
Guard's recapitalization program in response to GAO's September 
2012 report outlining the challenges the Coast Guard has faced 
in carrying out its ongoing recapitalization initiative.

           ROTATIONAL CREWING ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY CUTTER

    On June 26, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Chairman Duncan 
Hunter transmitted a letter to GAO requesting a study 
concerning rotational crewing on the National Security Cutter.

                      COAST GUARD RECAPITALIZATION

    On July 23, 2013, Chairman Duncan Hunter and Ranking Member 
John Garamendi of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation, Representative Frank A. LoBiondo, and 
Representative Rick Larsen wrote a letter to Defense Secretary 
Hagel requesting he begin the transfer of 14 C-27J aircraft 
from the Air Force to the Coast Guard. The letter noted the 
transfer had the potential to provide up to $826 million in 
cost avoidance over the recapitalization program of record.

                      COAST GUARD RECAPITALIZATION

    On September 30, 2013, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter wrote a letter 
to Admiral Robert Papp, Jr., the Commandant of the Coast Guard, 
requesting information concerning the planned capability of 
Offshore Patrol Cutter and its affordability.

    REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS AND ENCOURAGING JOB CREATION IN THE 
                            MARITIME SECTOR

    On October 25, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Chairman Duncan Hunter and Ranking Member 
John Garamendi of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation wrote identical letters to Congressman Frank D. 
Lucas, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Honorable Thad Cochran, 
and Congressman Collin C. Peterson to express support for 
House-passed reauthorization of the Food for Peace program. The 
Food for Peace program supports the viability of the U.S.-flag 
maritime sector by financing the transportation of U.S. grown 
agricultural commodities on U.S.-flag vessels to those in need 
across the globe.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``Coast Guard Mission Balance.'' (February 
26, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-2
    Hearing entitled ``Updates on Efforts to Combat Piracy.'' 
(April 10, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-7
    Hearing entitled ``President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget 
Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs.'' 
(April 16, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-9
    Hearing entitled ``Maritime Transportation: The Role of 
U.S. Ships and Mariners.'' (May 21, 2013) Committee Print 
Number 113-16
    Hearing entitled ``Coast Guard Readiness: Examining Cutter, 
Aircraft, and Communications Needs.'' (June 26, 2013) Committee 
Print Number 113-26
    Hearing entitled ``How to Improve the Efficiency, Safety 
and Security of Maritime Transportation: Better Use and 
Integration of Maritime Domain Awareness Data.'' (July 31, 
2013) Committee Print Number 113-33
    Hearing entitled ``Maritime Transportation Regulations: 
Impacts on Safety, Security, Jobs, and the Environment.'' 
(September 10, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-34
    Hearing entitled ``Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation 
Authorization Issues.'' (October 29, 2013) Committee Print 
Number 113-39
    Hearing entitled ``Coast Guard Mission Execution: How Is 
the Coast Guard Meeting Its Goals?'' (December 11, 2013) 
Committee Print Number 113-44

 SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS, AND EMERGENCY 
                               MANAGEMENT


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             113TH CONGRESS


   LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania, 
             Chairman
  ANDRE CARSON, Indiana, Ranking 
              Member

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,               THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin
  District of Columbia               JOHN L. MICA, Florida
MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine            ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           Arkansas
DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas, Vice 
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          Chair
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma
NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia     MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
  (ex officio)                       SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
                                     MARK SANFORD, South Carolina
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

                         Legislative Activities


                Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013


                      PUBLIC LAW 113-2 (H.R. 152)

    To make supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 152 makes supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 
2013 to specified federal agencies and programs for expenses 
related to the consequences of Hurricane Sandy. The federal 
agencies to receive appropriations are the Department of 
Agriculture, Department of the Army, Small Business 
Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of 
the Interior, Department of Health and Human Services, 
Department of Defense, DOT, Department of Commerce, and the 
Department of Labor.
    H.R. 152 also incorporates provisions of H.R. 219 amending 
the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance 
Act to authorize the President, acting through the 
Administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency, to 
approve public assistance projects for major disasters or 
emergencies under alternative procedures with the goal of: 
reducing the costs to the federal government of providing such 
assistance; increasing flexibility in the administration of 
assistance; expediting the provision of assistance to a state, 
tribal or local government, or owner or operator of a private 
nonprofit facility; and providing financial incentives and 
disincentives for the timely and cost-effective completion of 
projects.

Legislative History

    H.R. 152 was introduced in the House on January 4, 2013.
    On January 15, 2013, the House passed H. Res. 23, which 
directed the Clerk, in the engrossment of H.R. 152, to add the 
text of H.R. 219. Subsequently H.R. 152 passed the House by 241 
yeas and 180 nays (Rollcall No. 23).
    On January 22, 2013, H.R. 152 was received in the Senate.
    On January 28, 2013, H.R. 152 was considered, and passed 
without amendment by the Senate by a vote of 62-36.
    On January 29, 2013, the bill was then presented to the 
President and signed into law. (Public Law 113-2).

To designate the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus 
   located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue Southeast in the 
District of Columbia as the ``Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters 
                   Building'' and for other purposes.


                     PUBLIC LAW 113-31 (H.R. 2611)

Summary

    H.R. 2611 designates the Coast Guard headquarters building 
on the campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, 
S.E., in the District of Columbia as the ``Douglas A. Munro 
Coast Guard Headquarters Building.''

Legislative History

    H.R. 2611 was introduced in the House by Congresswoman 
Norton on July 8, 2013.
    On July 16, 2013, H.R. 2611 was ordered reported by the 
Committee (House Report. 113-153).
    On July 16, 2013, H.R. 2611 passed the House under the 
suspension of the rules by a rollcall vote of 411 yeas and 0 
nays (Rollcall No. 356).
    On July 30, 2013, the Senate passed H.R. 2611 without 
amendment by unanimous consent.
    H.R. 2611 was presented to the President on August 1, 2013, 
and President signed into law on August 9, 2013 (Public Law 
113-31).

  To designate the United States Courthouse located at 101 East Pecan 
      Street in Sherman, Texas, as the ``Paul Brown United States 
                             Courthouse.''


                      PUBLIC LAW 113-58 (H.R. 185)

Summary

    H.R. 185 designates the U.S. courthouse located at 101 East 
Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the ``Paul Brown United 
States Courthouse.''

Legislative Action

    On January 4, 2013, H.R. 185 was introduced by Congressman 
Hall (R-TX).
    On July 18, 2013, H.R. 185 was ordered reported by the 
Committee.
    On September 27, 2013, H.R. 185 was reported to the House 
(House Report 113-232).
    On October 22, 2013, H.R. 185 passed in the House under the 
suspension of the rules on a rollcall vote of 402 yeas and 1 
nay (Rollcall No. 551).
    H.R. 185 was received in the Senate on October 28, 2013.

 To designate the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building Located at 118 
   South Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, as the ``Edward J. 
        Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building.''


                     PUBLIC LAW 113-60 (H.R. 2251)

Summary

    H.R. 2251 designates the U.S. courthouse and federal 
building located at 118 South Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, 
Minnesota, as the ``Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse 
and Federal Building.''

Legislative History

    On June 4, 2013, H.R. 2251 was introduced in the House by 
Congressman Peterson (D-MN).
    On July 18, 2013, H.R. 2251 was ordered reported, amended, 
by the Committee.
    On September 27, 2013, H.R. 2251 was reported to the House 
(House Report 113-234) and on September 28 passed by the House 
under the suspension of the rules by a rollcall vote of 416 
yeas and 4 nays (Rollcall No. 496).
    On September 30, 2013, H.R. 2251 was received in the 
Senate, read twice, and referred to the Committee on 
Environment and Public Works.
    On December 17, 2013, H.R. 2251 passed the Senate without 
amendment by Unanimous Consent.

   Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace 
                       Officers' Memorial Service


                            H. CON. RES. 18

Summary

    H. Con. Res. 18 permitted the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal 
Order of Police and its auxiliary to sponsor a free public 
event, the 32nd Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial 
Service, on the Capitol Grounds on May 15, 2013, to honor the 
law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during 
2012.

Legislative History

    H. Con. Res. 18 was introduced in the House by Congressman 
Barletta (R-PA) on February 26, 2013.
    H. Con. Res. 18 was ordered reported by the Committee on 
February 28, 2013. H. Con. Res. 18 was reported to the House 
(House Report 113-18) and was considered under the suspension 
of the rules and passed by a rollcall vote of 388 yeas and 0 
nays (Rollcall No. 77).
    On March 21, 2013, H. Con. Res. 18 was agreed to in the 
Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

 Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington 
                             Soap Box Derby


                            H. CON. RES. 19

Summary

    H. Con. Res. 19 authorized the use of the Capitol Grounds 
for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby held on June 15, 
2013.

Legislative History

    H. Con. Res. 19 was introduced in the House by Congressman 
Hoyer (D-MD) on February 26, 2013.
    H. Con. Res. 19 was ordered reported by the Committee on 
February 28, 2013. H. Con. Res. 18 was reported to the House on 
March 18, 2013, and on the same day was considered under the 
suspension of the rules and passed by a rollcall vote of 386 
yeas and 0 nays (Rollcall No. 78).
    On March 21, 2013, H. Con. Res. 19 was agreed to in the 
Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent

Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Honor Guard 
                        and Pipe Band Exhibition


                            H. CON. RES. 32

Summary

    H. Con. Res. 32 permitted the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal 
Order of Police and its auxiliary to sponsor a free public 
event, the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition, on 
the Capitol Grounds on May 14, 2013, in order to allow law 
enforcement representatives to exhibit their ability to 
demonstrate Honor Guard programs and provide for a bag pipe 
exhibition.

Legislative History

    H. Con. Res. 32 was introduced in the House by Congressman 
Barletta (R-PA) on April 18, 2013, and was referred to the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    On May 6, 2013, H. Con. Res. 32 was discharged from further 
consideration, and the resolution was agreed to in the House by 
Unanimous Consent.
    On May 8, 2013, H. Con. Res. 32 was agreed to in the Senate 
without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia 
               Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run


                            H. CON. RES. 44

Summary

    H. Con. Res. 44 authorized the use of the Capitol Grounds 
for the 28th Annual District of Columbia Special Olympics Law 
Enforcement Torch Run on September 27, 2013.

Legislative History

    H. Con. Res. 44 was introduced in the House by 
Congresswoman Norton on July 8, 2013.
    On July 10, 2013, H. Con. Res. 44 was ordered reported by 
the Committee. On July 22, 2013, H. Con. Res. 44 was reported 
to the House (House Report. 113-163) and was passed by the 
House under the suspension of the rules by a rollcall vote of 
388 yeas and 0 nays (Rollcall No. 376).
    On July 30, 2013, H. Con. Res. 44 was agreed to in the 
Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

       Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013


            IN CONFERENCE WITH SENATE (H.R. 2642/H.R. 1947)

    To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural 
and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 
fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 2642 provides for the reform and continuation of 
agricultural and other programs of the Department of 
Agriculture through fiscal year 2018. H.R. 2642 contains 
provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittees on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation; Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management; Highways and 
Transit; and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

Legislative Summary

    H.R. 1947 was introduced by Congressman Frank D. Lucas (R-
OK) on May 13, 2013.
    H.R. 1947 was considered in the House on June 20, 2013 and 
failed on passage by recorded vote of 195 yeas to 234 nays 
(Rollcall No. 286).
    H.R. 2642 was introduced by Congressman Frank D. Lucas (R-
OK) on July 10, 2013. H.R. 2642 contains language similar to 
H.R. 1947.
    H.R. 2642 passed the House by a rollcall vote of 216 yeas 
and 208 nays (Rollcall No. 353).
    On July 16, 2013, H.R. 2642 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar.
    On July 18, 2013, the Senate struck all after the Enacting 
Clause and substituted the language of S. 954 amended. 
Subsequently, the Senate passed the measure by unanimous 
consent.
    On October 11, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure wrote a letter to Speaker 
John A. Boehner to request the appointment of conferees from 
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    On October 17, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Ranking 
Member Corrine Brown (D-FL) wrote letters to Congressman Frank 
D. Lucas, Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Thad Cochran (R-
MS), and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (R-MN) to express 
objection to section 6206 of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2642.
    On October 25, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Ranking Member 
John Garamendi (D-CA) wrote letters to Congressman Frank D. 
Lucas (R-OK), Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Thad Cochran 
(R-MS), and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (R-MN) in support of 
the House-passed reauthorization of the Food for Peace Program 
in H.R. 2642.
    On October 30, 2013, the House and Senate began formal 
conference committee meetings.

                Water Resources Development Act of 2013


                 IN CONFERENCE WITH SENATE (H.R. 3080)

    To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of 
the United States, to provide for the conservation and 
development of water and related resources, and for other 
purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3080 includes improvements to the National Dam Safety 
Program Act which is in the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management's 
jurisdiction.

Legislative Summary

    H.R. 3080 was introduced by Congressman Shuster (R-PA) on 
September 11, 2013, and referred to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee on the Budget, 
the Committee on Ways and Means, and the Committee on Natural 
Resources.
    On September 12, 2013, H.R. 3080 was referred to the 
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
    On September 19, 2013, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 3080 favorably reported to the House, 
as amended, by voice vote.
    On October 21, 2013, H.R. 3080 was reported as amended by 
the Committee (House Report 113-246, Part 1) and placed on the 
Union Calendar (Calendar No. 174).
    On October 23, 2013, H.R. 3080 was considered in the House 
pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 385, and the bill was 
passed by a rollcall vote of 417 yeas and 3 nays (Rollcall No. 
560).
    On October 28, 2013, H.R. 3080 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under 
General Orders (Calendar No. 224).
    On October 31, 2013, the Senate considered H.R. 3080 by 
Unanimous Consent. The Senate insisted on its amendment (the 
text of S. 601 as passed by the Senate on May 15, 2013, 
requested a conference and appointed conferees). On November 
14, 2013, the House disagreed with the Senate amendment, and 
agreed to a conference. On the same day, the Speaker appointed 
conferees.
    From the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: 
Shuster, Duncan of Tennessee, LoBiondo, Graves of Missouri, 
Capito, Miller of Michigan, Hunter, Bucshon, Gibbs, Hanna, 
Webster of Florida, Rice of South Carolina, Mullin, Rodney 
Davis of Illinois, Rahall, DeFazio, Brown of Florida, Eddie 
Bernice Johnson of Texas, Bishop of New York, Edwards, 
Garamendi, Hahn, Nolan, Frankel of Florida, and Bustos.
    From the Committee on Natural Resources: Hastings (WA), 
Bishop (UT), and Napolitano
    On November 20, 2013, the House and Senate held a formal 
conference meeting.

                 Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013


                    PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 219)

    To improve and streamline disaster recovery efforts by 
reducing costs without expanding eligibility or increasing the 
amount of disaster assistance currently available under the 
law.

Summary

    H.R. 219 amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act to streamline the FEMA debris removal 
process; to provide cost-effective federal assistance to 
individuals and households; to expedite hazard mitigation 
projects; to resolve project disputes to avoid cost overruns; 
to simplify the environmental review process; to clarify costs 
associated with essential state and local employees; to allow 
tribal governments to request disaster and emergency 
declarations; and to direct FEMA to submit recommendations to 
Congress to reduce future costs and loss of life.

Legislative History

    H.R. 219 was introduced in the House by Congressman Denham 
(R-CA) on January 14, 2013, and was referred to the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure. H.R. 219 was considered 
on the same day as introduction under the suspension of the 
rules and passed by a rollcall vote of 403 yeas and 0 nays 
(Rollcall No. 8).
    On January 29, 2013, H.R. 152, making supplemental 
appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, 
and for other purposes, was presented to the President and 
signed into law. (Public Law 113-2). P.L 113-2 includes H.R. 
219.

       Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013


                    PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 592)

    To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act to include houses of worship as an 
eligible private nonprofit facility and clarifies their 
eligibility for certain disaster assistance programs.

Summary

    H.R. 592 ensures that churches, synagogues, mosques, 
temples, and other houses of worship are eligible for disaster 
relief and emergency assistance on terms equal to other 
eligible private nonprofit facilities.

Legislative Summary

    H.R. 592 was introduced in the House by Congressman Smith 
(R-NJ) on February 8, 2013.
    On February 13, 2013, H.R. 592 passed in the House under 
suspension of the rules by a rollcall vote of 354 yeas to 72 
nays (Rollcall No. 39).
    On February 14, 2013, H.R. 592 was received in the Senate 
and on March 13, 2013, H.R. 592 was read twice in the Senate 
and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs.

      To designate the Building Occupied by the Federal Bureau of 
  Investigation Located at 801 Follin Lane, Vienna, Virginia, as the 
           ``Michael D. Resnick Terrorist Screening Center.''


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3096)

Summary

    H.R. 3096 designates the building occupied by the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) located at 801 Follin Lane, 
Vienna, Virginia, as the ``Michael D. Resnick Terrorist 
Screening Center.''

Legislative History

    On September 12, 2013, H.R. 3096 was introduced by 
Congressman Connolly (D-VA)
    On September 19, 2013, H.R. 3096 was ordered reported by 
the Committee.On September 27, 2013, H.R. 3096 was reported to 
the House (House Report 113-235) and passed the House under the 
suspension of the rules by a rollcall vote of 403 yeas to 2 
nays. On the same day H.R. 3096 was subsequently received in 
the Senate, read twice, and referred to the Committee on 
Environment and Public Works.

            Public Buildings Savings and Reform Act of 2013


                               H.R. 2612

    To amend title 40, United States Code, to improve the 
functioning and management of the Public Buildings Service.

Summary

    H.R. 2612 amends the Public Buildings Act to improve the 
functioning and managing of the Public Buildings Service of 
GSA. The bill addresses waste and mismanagement identified by 
Committee investigations, GAO studies and the GSA Inspector 
General. Waste and mismanagement identified has included the 
expanding of the federal real property footprint, a lack of 
transparency on federal property information and utilization, 
the overbuilding of federal courthouses, and GSA's bonus and 
internship systems and conferences.

Legislative Action

    On July 8, 2013, H.R. 2612 was introduced by Congressman 
Barletta (R-PA).
    On July 10, 2013, H.R. 2612 was ordered reported by the 
Committee.

  To designate the United States Courthouse located at 501 East Court 
 Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the ``R. Jess Brown United States 
                             Courthouse.''


                                H.R. 579

Summary

    H.R. 579 designates the U.S. courthouse located at 501 East 
Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the ``R. Jess Brown 
United States Courthouse.''

Legislative History

    On February 6, 2013, H.R. 579 was introduced by Congressman 
Thompson (D-MS).
    On July 18, 2013, H.R. 579 was ordered reported by the 
Committee. H.R. 579 was reported to the House on September 27, 
2013.

                    FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2013


                               H.R. 3300

    To reauthorize the programs and activities of the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency.

Summary

    H.R. 3300 reauthorizes FEMA through fiscal year 2016 at 
$972 million each year; reauthorizes the Integrated Public 
Alert and Warning System; reauthorizes the Urban Search and 
Rescue Response System; and reauthorizes the Emergency 
Management Assistance Compacts Grants through fiscal year 2016.

Legislative History

    On September 18, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing entitled ``FEMA Reauthorization: Recovering Quicker and 
Smarter.'' On October 2, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing entitled ``FEMA Reauthorization: Ensuring the Nation is 
Prepared.'' Both these hearing were held in preparation for 
drafting the language of H.R. 3300.
    On October 22, 2013, H.R. 3300 was introduced by 
Congressman Shuster (R-PA).
    On October 29, 2013, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 3300 reported, as amended.

Committee Resolutions (Authorizing the General Services Administration 
                 Capital Investing and Leasing Program)

    In 2013, the Committee continued to work to cut waste and 
the cost of federal property and leases. The Committee approved 
a total of 25 GSA resolutions resulting in a total savings of 
more than $668 million.
    On February 28, 2013, the Committee approved 16 GSA lease 
resolutions and two alteration project resolutions. The lease 
resolutions included the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, 
Treasury, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, 
Homeland Security, Justice, Veterans Affairs, and the National 
Labor Relations Board. The two alteration projects included 
multiple federally owned buildings to maximize utilization and 
address life safety issues. The Committee approved resolutions 
represent a $27,574,718 potential reduction in annual lease 
payments and $357,045,783 total reduction over the lease terms 
from the prospectuses submitted by the Administration or 
current leases.

Department of Agriculture-Forest Service--Northern Virginia--
PVA-07-WA12
        Rentable Square Feet: 106,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $4,134,000

Department of the Treasury-Financial Management Service--
Suburban Maryland--PMD-05-WA12
        Rentable Square Feet: 327,000
        Lease Term: 5 years
        Annual Rent: $8,502,000

Alteration-Consolidation Projects--Various Locations--PCO-0001-
VA13
        Total Proposed Cost: $16,100,000

Alteration-Exigent Need Projects--Various Locations--PEX-00001
        Total Proposed Cost: $122,936,000

Department of the Interior-Fish and Wildlife Service--Northern 
Virginia--PVA-09-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 183,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $7,137,000

National Labor Relations Board--Washington, DC--PDC-05-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 155,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $7,750,000

Department of Commerce-Bureau of Economic Analysis--Washington, 
DC--PDC-12-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 135,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $6,750,000

Department of Health and Human Services-Administration for 
Children and Families--Washington, DC--PDC-11-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 214,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $10,700,000

Department of Homeland Security-Office of the Inspector 
General--Washington, DC--PDC-02-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 110,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $5,500,000

Department of Justice--Washington, DC--PDC-01-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 77,000
        Lease Term: 5 years
        Annual Rent: $3,850,000

Department of Veterans Affairs--Washington, DC--PDC-08-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 170,868
        Lease Term: 5 years
        Annual Rent: $8,543,400

Department of Homeland Security-United States Customs and 
Border Patrol--Queens, NY--PNY-02-QU13
        Rentable Square Feet: 146,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $6,716,000

Department of Defense--Northern Virginia--PVA-04-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 585,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $22,815,000

Department of Defense--Northern Virginia--PVA-06-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 448,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $17,472,000

Department of Homeland Security-United States Customs and 
Border Protection--Northern Virginia--PVA-070WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 169,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $6,591,000

Department of Health and Human Services-Agency for Healthcare 
Research and Quality--Suburban Maryland--PMD-04-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 133,895
        Lease Term: 5 years
        Annual Rent: $4,686,325

Department of Health and Human Services-Substance Abuse and 
Mental Health Services--Suburban Maryland--PMD-03-WA13
        Rentable Square Feet: 228,020
        Lease Term: 2 years
        Annual Rent: $7,980,700

Department of Defense--Northern Virginia--PVA-04-WA12
        Rentable Square Feet: 281,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $10,959,000

    On May 16, 2013, the Committee approved one GSA alteration 
project resolution. The resolution provides for the 
reconfiguration of space at the United States Courthouse in 
Greenbelt, Maryland. The resolution authorizes $10,000,000 to 
accommodate an additional magistrate courtroom and additional 
chambers within the existing building. The proposal is in lieu 
of the construction of a new 262,000-gross-square-foot annex 
that was estimated in 2009 to cost $128 million. As a result, 
the Committee estimates savings exceeding $1.8 million.

Alteration-United State Courthouse--Greenbelt, MD--PMD-0232-
GR13
        Total Proposed Cost: $10,000,000

    On July 10, 2013, the Committee approved one GSA alteration 
project resolution. The resolution provides for the repair of 
Building 7 in the Auburn Federal Complex, Auburn, WA. The 
resolution would authorize $17,000,000 for repairs that are 
critical to address structural damages that resulted from 
severe snowstorms. This project is necessary given the life 
safety concerns.

Alteration-Auburn Federal Complex--Auburn, WA--PWA-0831-AU14
        Total Proposed Cost: $17,000,000

    On December 4, 2013, the Committee approved five GSA lease 
resolutions. The lease resolutions included the Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Departments of Justice, 
Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development. The 
Committee approved resolutions represent a $12,907,308 
reduction in annual lease payments and $193,609,620 total 
reduction over the lease terms from the prospectuses submitted 
by the Administration or current leases.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission--Suburban Maryland--PMD-04-WA11
        Rentable Square Feet: 348,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $11,832,000

Department of Homeland Security-Customs and Border Protection--
Washington, DC--PDC-05-WA14
        Rentable Square Feet: 109,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $5,450,000

Department of Housing and Urban Development--Washington, DC--
PDC-01-WA14
        Rentable Square Feet: 86,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $4,300,000

Department of Justice-Federal Bureau of Investigation--
Washington, DC--PDC-04-WA14
        Rentable Square Feet: 157,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Lease: $7,850,000

Department of Justice-United States Marshals Service--Northern 
Virginia--PVA-03-WA14
        Rentable Square Feet: 371,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Lease: $14,469,000

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


                     FBI HEADQUARTERS CONSOLIDATION

    On March 13, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing entitled ``FBI Headquarters Consolidation'' to review 
the need for a new FBI headquarters, consider the best solution 
to meet the needs of the FBI and protect the taxpayer, options 
for financing this major project, and how and whether the 
existing FBI headquarters building can and should be leveraged. 
The hearing was conducted to inform Members as the Committee 
considers whether to authorize the GSA to proceed with the 
project. The Subcommittee received testimony from five Members 
of Congress representing states and districts in the National 
Capital Region, GSA, and the FBI.

  SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS: FREEZING THE FEDERAL REAL ESTATE FOOTPRINT

    On May 22, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing to 
examine efforts by federal agencies to freeze and reduce their 
real estate footprint. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
GSA, DHS, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the 
NRC.

 ROUNDTABLE--BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN 
                          FEDERAL REAL ESTATE

    On July 23, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a roundtable 
discussion to explore how public-private partnerships could be 
used to meet the real estate needs of the federal government. 
Subcommittee Chairman Lou Barletta led a discussion with 
private sector real estate executives that specialize in the 
designing, construction, development, financing, and operation 
of real estate.

          FEMA REAUTHORIZATION: RECOVERING QUICKER AND SMARTER

    On September 18, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing to review recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy, the 
tornadoes in Oklahoma, and other recent disasters to ensure 
effective coordination among federal, state, tribal, and local 
agencies in helping communities to recover in a quicker and 
smarter way. The hearing also focused on how reforms enacted in 
the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 are helping to 
address red tape and streamline the recovery process for recent 
disasters. The Subcommittee received testimony from FEMA, the 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Small Business 
Administration, and state and local emergency managers and 
tribal representatives involved in disaster recovery efforts in 
various jurisdictions.

         FEMA REAUTHORIZATION: ENSURING THE NATION IS PREPARED

    On October 2, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing to examine FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning 
System and National Urban Search and Rescue System to evaluate 
the need for reform legislation in the context of a proposed 
reauthorization of FEMA. The Subcommittee received testimony 
from FEMA, a Central Region Representative of the Urban Search 
and RescueSystem, representatives of the wireless and 
broadcasting industries, and a local emergency alert user.

  FEDERAL TRIANGLE SOUTH: REDEVELOPING UNDERUTILIZED FEDERAL PROPERTY 
                  THROUGH PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

    On November 19, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing to receive testimony related to Federal Triangle South 
in Washington, D.C., as a case study for redeveloping 
underutilized federal properties through public-private 
partnerships. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA), GSA, the National Capital 
Planning Commission, and the Urban Land Institute.

   ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON OPPORTUNITIES AND USES OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE 
                  PARTNERSHIPS IN FEDERAL REAL ESTATE

    On December 16, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
roundtable on the topic of exploring how public-private 
partnerships could be better utilized to meet the real estate 
needs of the federal government. The discussion focused on the 
opportunities for public-private partnerships and the obstacles 
that are preventing their use. Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Subcommittee Chairman Lou Barletta led a discussion with 
Members of the Subcommittee, GSA Administrator Tangherlini, and 
private sector real estate executives.

                           Oversight Letters


                           GAO OFFICE REPORTS

    On February 6, 2013, Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Chairman Lou 
Barletta sent a letter to GAO Comptroller General Gene L. 
Dodaro asking to be included as a requester on three reports 
that were underway at the beginning of the 113th Congress. The 
three reports are titled: Review of the Judiciary's 5-Year 
Courthouse Construction Plan; Review of the planning for use, 
retention, or disposal of existing Courthouse; and Review of 
FEMA's efforts to modernize the Emergency Alert System and 
implement the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

              NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION'S HOUSING PLAN

    On March 26, 2013, Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Chairman Lou 
Barletta sent a letter to NRC Chairwoman Allison M. Macfarlane 
requesting current housing and staff numbers at their White 
Flint, Maryland, campus. The letter was in response to the 
NRC's request to renew their lease for the White Flint Two 
building despite constructing a third building on the campus 
that is currently vacant. The Committee must authorize GSA 
leases that cost $2.79 million or more annually. The White 
Flint Two lease exceeds the $2.79 million threshold. In order 
for the Committee to better understand why renewing the White 
Flint Two lease makes sense, Subcommittee Chairman Lou Barletta 
requested information relating to how much space the NRC owns; 
how much space the NRC leases; the total square footage in each 
building they operate; total staff levels over the past ten 
years; current total staff levels; number of temporary, part 
time, and contracted workers; current utilization rates at each 
building; and other information. After working with the NRC and 
GSA, the Committee brokered an agreement that will put 1,100 
additional employees into NRC's buildings by having space 
backfilled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a 
result, FDA has agreed to relinquish four leases that will save 
the taxpayer $145.8 million. The Committee approved the NRC 
lease prospectus on December 4, 2013, conditioned on this 
agreement.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``FBI Headquarters Consolidation.'' (March 
13, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-5.
    Hearing entitled ``Saving Taxpayer Dollars: Freezing the 
Federal Real Estate Footprint.'' (May 22, 2013) Committee Print 
Number 113-18.
    Hearing entitled ``FEMA Reauthorization: Recovering Quicker 
and Smarter.'' (September 18, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-
35.
    Hearing entitled ``FEMA Reauthorization: Ensuring the 
Nation is Prepared.'' (October 2, 2013) Committee Print Number 
113-37.
    Hearing entitled ``Federal Triangle South: Redeveloping 
Underutilized Federal Property Through Public-Private 
Partnerships.'' (November 19, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-
43.

  SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 
                             113TH CONGRESS


   THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin, 
             Chairman
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of 
     Columbia, Ranking Member

PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon             DON YOUNG, Alaska
JERROLD NADLER, New York             HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts    JOHN L. MICA, Florida
MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine            FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California      GARY G. MILLER, California
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           SAM GRAVES, Missouri
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, West 
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              Virginia
DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           DUNCAN HUNTER, California
JANICE HAHN, California              ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          Arkansas
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona             LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York       LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana
ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut       BOB GIBBS, Ohio
LOIS FRANKEL, Florida                RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois               STEVE SOUTHERLAND II, Florida
NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia     REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin, Vice 
  (ex officio)                       Chair
                                     STEVE DAINES, Montana
                                     TOM RICE, South Carolina
                                     MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma
                                     ROGER WILLIAMS, Texas
                                     SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
                                     RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

                         Legislative Activities


 To Designate the New Interstate Route 70 Bridge Over the Mississippi 
River connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and Southwestern Illinois as the 
                ``Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge''


                     PUBLIC LAW 113-18 (H.R. 2383)

Summary

    The bill names the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the 
Mississippi River that connects St. Louis, Missouri, to 
southwestern Illinois as the ``Stan Musial Veterans Memorial 
Bridge.''

Legislative History

    H.R. 2383 was introduced by Congressman Davis (R-IL) on 
June 14, 2013. On June 17, 2013, the bill was referred to the 
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
    On June 25, 2013, H.R. 2383 passed the House under 
suspension of the rules, 395-2.
    On June 27, 2013, the bill passed the Senate without 
amendment by unanimous consent.
    On July 12, 2013, the President signed the bill and it 
became Public Law 113-18.

    To Ensure That Any New or Revised Requirement Providing for the 
 Screening, Testing, or Treatment of Individuals Operating Commercial 
Motor Vehicles for Sleep Disorders Is Adopted Pursuant to a Rulemaking 
                   Proceeding, and for other purposes


                     PUBLIC LAW 113-45 (H.R. 3095)

Summary

    The bill ensures that if the Secretary of Transportation 
proposes new or revised requirements for the screening, 
testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor 
vehicles for sleep disorders, the proposed new or revised 
requirements must be enacted pursuant to a rulemaking 
proceeding.

Legislative History

    H.R. 3095 was introduced by Congressman Bucshon (R-IN) on 
September 12, 2013. On September 13, 2013, the bill was 
referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
    On September 19, 2013, the Committee met in open session to 
mark up H.R. 3095. The bill was ordered reported by voice vote.
    On September 26, 2013, H.R. 3095 passed the House under 
suspension of the rules, 405-0 (Rollcall No. 486).
    On October 4, 2013, H.R. 3095 passed the Senate without 
amendment by unanimous consent.
    On October 15, 2013, the President signed the bill and it 
became Public Law 113-45.

To Amend Title 23, United States Code, With Respect to the Operation of 
     Vehicles on Certain Wisconsin Highways, and for Other Purposes


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 2353)

Summary

    The bill grandfathers Wisconsin truck weight laws on U.S. 
Route 41 in Wisconsin when that route is designated as part of 
the Interstate Highway System. This will allow trucks to 
continue to operate on U.S. Route 41 in Wisconsin at the state 
weight limits prior to Interstate Highway System designation.

Legislative History

    H.R. 2353 was introduced by Congressman Petri (R-WI) on 
June 13, 2013. On June 14, 2013, the bill was referred to the 
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
    On July 18, 2013, H.R. 2353 was marked up by the Committee. 
The bill was ordered reported by voice vote.
    On July 22, 2013, H.R. 2353 passed the House under 
suspension of the rules, by voice vote.
    On July 23, 2013, the bill was received in the Senate and 
read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and 
Public Works.

  To Authorize the Secretary of Transportation To Obligate Funds for 
Emergency Relief Projects Arising From Damage Caused by Severe Weather 
                 Events in 2013, and for Other Purposes


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3174)

Summary

    The bill authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to 
obligate previously authorized or appropriated funds from the 
Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program for 
projects resulting from damage caused by severe weather events 
in 2013, without regard to any limitation on the amount that 
may be obligated for such projects in a particular state.

Legislative History

    H.R. 3174 was introduced by Congressman Gardner (R-CO) on 
September 25, 2013. On September 26, 2013, the bill was 
referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
    On September 30, 2013, the bill passed the House under 
suspension of the rules, by voice vote.
    On October 1, 2013, H.R. 3174 was received in the Senate.
    On October 17, 2013, the President signed H.R. 2775, making 
continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2014, and for other purposes, and it became Public Law 113-
46. P.L. 113-46 included a modified version of the language in 
H.R. 3174.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Meetings, Hearings, and Roundtables


     IMPLEMENTING MAP-21: PROGRESS REPORT FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF 
                  TRANSPORTATION MODAL ADMINISTRATORS

    On March 14, 2013, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit 
held a hearing entitled ``Implementing MAP-21: Progress Report 
from U.S. Department of Transportation Modal Administrators.'' 
The purpose of the hearing was to receive updates from DOT 
modal agencies related to implementing programmatic reforms and 
meeting deadlines mandated in the Moving Ahead for Progress in 
the 21st Century Act (MAP-21; P.L. 112-141). The Subcommittee 
received testimony from Administrator Victor Mendez of FHWA, 
Administrator Peter Rogoff of FTA, Administrator Anne Ferro of 
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and 
Administrator David Strickland of the National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration (NHTSA).

          IMPLEMENTING MAP-21: THE STATE AND LOCAL PERSPECTIVE

    On April 25, 2013, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit 
held a hearing entitled ``Implementing MAP-21: The State and 
Local Perspective.'' The purpose of the hearing was to obtain 
an update of the state and local perspective on the progress of 
DOT toward implementing programmatic reforms and meeting 
deadlines mandated in MAP-21. The Subcommittee received 
testimony from representatives of the American Association of 
State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the 
American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 
Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the 
National Association of Development Organizations, the National 
Conference of State Legislatures, and the San Francisco 
Municipal Transportation Agency.

   ROUNDTABLE: CONNECTED VEHICLES AND THE IMPACTS OF SPECTRUM SHARING

    On May 7, 2013, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit 
held a roundtable discussion entitled ``Connected Vehicles and 
the Impacts of Spectrum Sharing.'' The purpose of the 
discussion was to identify the challenges and potential safety 
benefits of implementing connected vehicle technology. 
Participants included DOT, the National Telecommunications and 
Information Administration, the Alliance of Automobile 
Manufacturers, the Intelligent Transportation Society of 
America, the Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Cisco, and 
Qualcomm.

  THE IMPACTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S COMMERCIAL DRIVER 
                      HOURS-OF-SERVICE REGULATIONS

    On June 18, 2013, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit 
held a hearing entitled, ``The Impacts of the Department of 
Transportation's Commercial Driver Hours-of-Service 
Regulations.'' The purpose of the hearing was to learn how the 
revised hours-of-service regulations would potentially 
negatively impact drivers, motor carriers, and the American 
economy. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
representatives of FMCSA, the American Trucking Associations, 
the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the 
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the National Ready Mixed 
Concrete Association, and Advocates for Highway and Auto 
Safety.

  HOW THE FINANCIAL STATUS OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND IMPACTS SURFACE 
                        TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS

    On July 23, 2013, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit 
held a hearing entitled, ``How the Financial Status of the 
Highway Trust Fund Impacts Surface Transportation Programs.'' 
The purpose of the hearing was to obtain information on the 
current financial status of the Highway Trust Fund and its 
impact on federal surface transportation programs. The 
Subcommittee received testimony from representatives of the 
Congressional Budget Office and DOT.

HOW AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF SURFACE TRANSPORTATION

    On November 19, 2013, the Subcommittee on Highways and 
Transit held a hearing entitled, ``How Autonomous Vehicles Will 
Shape the Future of Surface Transportation.'' The purpose of 
the hearing was to learn how the introduction of autonomous 
vehicles would impact current policy and other challenges. The 
Subcommittee received testimony from representatives of NHTSA, 
General Motors, Nissan North America, Inc., Carnegie Mellon 
University, AASHTO, and the Eno Center on Transportation.

    EXAMINING THE CURRENT AND FUTURE DEMANDS ON THE FEDERAL TRANSIT 
               ADMINISTRATION'S CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANTS

    On December 11, 2013, the Subcommittee on Highways and 
Transit held a hearing entitled, ``Examining the Current and 
Future Demands on the Federal Transit Administration's Capital 
Investment Grants.'' The purpose of the hearing was to 
understand changes made to the New Starts program in the Moving 
Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21; P.L. 112-
141) and highlight the growth in eligible projects and 
applications for the program's approximately $2 billion in 
annual funding. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
representatives of the FTA, the Chicago Transit Authority, Utah 
Transit Authority, and the Cato Institute and a local mayor.

                           Oversight Letters


             COMMERCIAL DRIVER HOURS-OF-SERVICE REGULATIONS

    On March 18, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking Member 
Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Chairman Thomas E. Petri and then-Ranking 
Member Peter A. DeFazio of the Subcommittee on Highways and 
Transit sent a letter to the Secretary of Transportation Ray 
LaHood that requested a stay on the Final Rule on Hours of 
Service of Drivers (HOS) (76 Fed. Reg. 81134 (December 27, 
2011)), which was scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2013. The 
Chairmen and Ranking Members requested DOT delay implementation 
of the HOS rule until three months after a decision was issued 
by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of 
Columbia Circuit on a petition for review of the rule. On April 
23, 2013, Secretary LaHood denied the request for a stay citing 
the interest of highway safety.

                    SPECTRUM FOR CONNECTED VEHICLES

    On June 3, 2013, Chairman Thomas E. Petri and then-Ranking 
Member Peter A. DeFazio of the Subcommittee on Highways and 
Transit sent a letter to the Acting Chairman Mignon Clyburn of 
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to express interest 
in opening the 5 GHz band for use by unlicensed wireless 
devices, in particular the potential interference issues with 
unlicensed wireless devices and connected vehicle technology. 
On September 30, 2013, Chairman Clyburn responded, indicating 
that the FCC is dedicated to reviewing the extensive record and 
facts before making any determination regarding the rules in 
the specific range discussed.

                            HOURS OF SERVICE

    On September 16, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman 
Thomas E. Petri of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit 
sent a letter regarding hours-of-service regulations to the 
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. The Chairmen included 
a letter sent to the Secretary on August 29, 2013, by 51 
Members of the House of Representatives pertaining to the 
field-study on the efficacy of the 34-hour restart rule, which 
is applicable to operators of commercial motor vehicles. The 
study remains unfinished despite being mandated by MAP-21 to be 
completed by March 31, 2013. This study was intended to help 
Congress better understand the true costs and benefits of the 
new hours-of-service rule and the information will be 
beneficial to drafting the next surface transportation 
reauthorization bill. The Subcommittee has not received a 
response.

                  NONEMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION

    In a letter to the GAO sent on October 3, 2013, Chairman 
Bill Shuster and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chairman Thomas E. 
Petri and Ranking Member Eleanor Holmes Norton of the 
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit asked for assistance in 
reviewing key areas of nonemergency medical transportation 
coordination efforts. Providing nonemergency transportation for 
medical care and services is an ongoing challenge for states as 
transportation needs and costs continue to rise. In 2012, GAO 
previously reported that federal interagency coordination 
efforts pertaining to human services transportation could be 
strengthened and that barriers to successful transportation 
coordination are still evident. In the letter, the Chairmen and 
Ranking Members asked for assistance in the following areas: 
the extent of efforts to coordinate nonemergency transportation 
between agencies and programs; how, if at all, nonemergency 
medical providers at the state and local level are cording 
funding and service for such transportation; and key challenges 
to coordination of such services and potential solutions. On 
November 18, 2013, GAO accepted the request and the issue is 
currently under review.

                 PHASE 2 DRIVER DISTRACTION GUIDELINES

    On November 12, 2013, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit 
Chairman Thomas E. Petri sent a letter to Administrator David 
Strickland of the NHTSA regarding pending Phase 2 Driver 
Distraction Guidelines. NHTSA plans to release guidelines on 
portable and aftermarket electronic devices brought into motor 
vehicles by drivers or passengers, including GPS navigation 
systems, smartphones, electronic tablets and pads, and other 
mobile communications devices. Chairman Thomas E. Petri 
requested that NHTSA adhere to its statutory regulatory 
authority in this matter. The Subcommittee has not received a 
response.

             IN-KIND MATCH FOR INTERCITY BUS TRANSPORTATION

    On November 22, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure sent a letter to the Secretary of Transportation 
Anthony Foxx urging the FTA to allow both the operating and 
capital costs of the unsubsidized segment of an intercity bus 
project to be used as the in-kind local match. FTA proposed in 
its Formula Grants for Rural Areas: Program Guidance and 
Application Instructions (FTA C 9040.1G) that the in-kind match 
for intercity bus transportation projects be limited to the 
capital costs of the unsubsidized segment, which is contrary to 
congressional intent in MAP-21.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``Implementing MAP-21: Progress Report 
from U.S. Department of Transportation Modal Administrators.'' 
(March 14, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-6.
    Hearing entitled ``Implementing MAP-21: The State and Local 
Perspective.'' (April 25, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-14.
    Hearing entitled ``The Impacts of the Department of 
Transportation's Commercial Driver Hours-of-Service 
Regulations.'' (June 18, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-25.
    Hearing entitled ``How the Financial Status of the Highway 
Trust Fund Impacts Surface Transportation Programs.'' (July 23, 
2013) Committee Print Number 113-31.
    Hearing entitled ``How Autonomous Vehicles Will Shape the 
Future of Surface Transportation.'' (November 19, 2013) 
Committee Print Number 113-42.
    Hearing entitled ``Examining the Current and Future Demands 
on the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment 
Grants.'' (December 11, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-45.

  SUBCOMMITTEE ON RAILROADS, PIPELINES, AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS U.S. 
                HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 113TH CONGRESS


 JEFF DENHAM, California, Chairman
 CORRINE BROWN, Florida, Ranking 
              Member

JERROLD NADLER, New York             JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland         JOHN L. MICA, Florida
MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine            GARY G. MILLER, California
GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California      SAM GRAVES, Missouri
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, West 
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              Virginia
JANICE HAHN, California              CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona             LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut       LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana
PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon             BOB GIBBS, Ohio
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts    PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania
NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia     RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
  (ex officio)                       DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
                                     THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
                                     ROGER WILLIAMS, Texas
                                     TREY RADEL, Florida
                                     SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

                         Legislative Activities


To Amend Title 49, United States Code, To Modify Requirements Relating 
 to the Availability of Pipeline Safety Regulatory Documents, and for 
                             Other Purposes


                     PUBLIC LAW 113-30 (H.R. 2576)

Summary

    H.R. 2576 revises certain minimum pipeline safety standards 
to delay from January 3, 2012, to January 3, 2015, the 
requirement that the Secretary of Transportation issue a 
regulation that incorporates by reference any pipeline safety 
regulatory documents or portions only if such documents are 
made available to the public, free of charge, on an internet 
website, and for other purposes. The legislation corrects an 
unintended consequence of the Pipeline Safety and Regulatory 
Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-90) by 
protecting intellectual property rights.

Legislative History

    H.R. 2576 was introduced by Congressman Denham (R-CA) on 
June 28, 2013.
    On July 1, 2013, H.R. 2576 was referred to the Subcommittee 
on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.
    On July 10, 2013, H.R. 2576 was considered and marked up in 
Full Committee. The bill was ordered reported by voice vote.
    On July 16, H.R. 2576 was reported by the Committee (House 
Report 113-152, Part I). On the same date, it was passed and 
agreed to in the House under suspension, by a vote of 405-2 
(Rollcall No. 354).
    On August 1, 2013, the Senate Committee on Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation discharged the bill and passed the 
Senate by unanimous consent.
    On August 9, 2013, H.R. 2576 became Public Law 113-30.

       Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013


            IN CONFERENCE WITH SENATE (H.R. 2642/H.R. 1947)

    To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural 
and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 
fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 2642 provides for the reform and continuation of 
agricultural and other programs of the Department of 
Agriculture through fiscal year 2018. H.R. 2642 contains 
provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittees on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation; Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management; Highways and 
Transit; and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

Legislative Summary

    H.R. 1947 was introduced by Congressman Frank D. Lucas (R-
OK) on May 13, 2013.
    H.R. 1947 was considered in the House on June 20, 2013 and 
failed on passage by recorded vote of 195 yeas to 234 nays 
(Rollcall No. 286).
    H.R. 2642 was introduced by Congressman Frank D. Lucas (R-
OK) on July 10, 2013. H.R. 2642 contains language similar to 
H.R. 1947.
    H.R. 2642 passed the House by a rollcall vote of 216 yeas 
and 208 nays (Rollcall No. 353).
    On July 16, 2013, H.R. 2642 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar.
    On July 18, 2013, the Senate struck all after the Enacting 
Clause and substituted the language of S. 954 amended. 
Subsequently, the Senate passed the measure by unanimous 
consent.
    On October 11, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure wrote a letter to Speaker 
John A. Boehner to request the appointment of conferees from 
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    On October 17, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Ranking 
Member Corrine Brown (D-FL) wrote letters to Congressman Frank 
D. Lucas, Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Thad Cochran (R-
MS), and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (R-MN) to express 
objection to section 6206 of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2642.
    On October 25, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Ranking Member 
John Garamendi (D-CA) wrote letters to Congressman Frank D. 
Lucas (R-OK), Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Thad Cochran 
(R-MS), and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (R-MN) in support of 
the House-passed reauthorization of the Food for Peace Program 
in H.R. 2642.
    On October 30, 2013, the House and Senate began formal 
conference committee meetings.

                      Northern Route Approval Act


                     PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3)

    To approve the construction, operation, and maintenance of 
the Keystone XL pipeline, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3 gives TransCanada congressional approval to 
construct the Keystone XL pipeline, deeming a presidential 
permit unnecessary for construction. The legislation also deems 
the final environmental impact statement issued by the 
Secretary of State on August 26, 2011, coupled with the Final 
Evaluation Report issued by the Nebraska Department of 
Environmental Quality in January 2013 and approved by the 
Nebraska governor, to satisfy all requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and of the National Historic 
Preservation Act. The bill also grants original jurisdiction to 
the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia 
Circuit to determine specified issues (except for review by the 
Supreme Court on writ of certiorari).

Legislative History

    H.R. 3 was introduced by Congressman Terry (R-NE) on March 
3, 2013.
    On May 16, 2013, H.R. 3 was considered and marked up by the 
Committee, and ordered reported as amended by the yeas and 
nays: 33-24.
    On May 17, 2013, H.R. 3 was reported to the House (House 
Report 113-61, Part III).
    On May 21, 2013, the Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 228 
was reported to the House, providing for H.R. 3 to be 
considered under a structured rule with specific amendments 
made in order.
    On May 22, 2013, H.R. 3 was considered under the rule. The 
same day, the bill was passed and agreed to in the House by 
recorded vote: 241-175, 1 Present (Rollcall No. 179).
    On June 3, 2013, H.R. 3 was read twice and placed on the 
Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders, Calendar No. 
81.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


     FREIGHT AND PASSENGER RAIL IN AMERICA'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

    On March 5, 2013, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled ``Freight and 
Passenger Rail in America's Transportation System.'' The 
purpose of the hearing was to discuss the role of railroads in 
America's transportation network and explore the importance of 
railroads to the American economy. The Subcommittee received 
testimony from the States for Passenger Rail Coalition, 
AASHTO's High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Leadership 
Group, Secretary of Transportation for Washington State, the 
Association of American Railroads, the United Transportation 
Union, and Amtrak.

       AMTRAK'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET: THE STARTING POINT FOR 
                            REAUTHORIZATION

    On April 11, 2013, the Subcommittee on Railroads, 
Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on Amtrak's 
grant request for fiscal year 2014, and how it relates to 
Amtrak's on-going reorganization and the upcoming 
reauthorization of the Passenger Rail Investment and 
Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA; P.L. 110-432). In addition, the 
Subcommittee discussed the Administration's past proposals for 
intercity passenger rail activities. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from the President and CEO of Amtrak, Joseph H. 
Boardman, and the Administrator of FRA, Joseph C. Szabo.

            UNDERSTANDING THE COST DRIVERS OF PASSENGER RAIL

    On May 21, 2013, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials held a hearing to discuss Amtrak's 
recent financial performance by service type and overall trends 
in labor, fuel, and operational costs. The purpose of this 
hearing was to explore how Amtrak spends its federal funds and 
how it runs as a business. Additionally, the Subcommittee 
discussed the Administration's past proposals for intercity 
passenger rail activities. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from Amtrak, the Brookings Institution, Capital Corridor, and 
the National Association of Railroad Passengers.

         FIELD HEARING: OVERSIGHT OF CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL

    On May 28, 2013, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials held a hearing in Madera, California, 
to obtain a status update of the California High-Speed Rail 
Project. The project has fluctuated in its costs, completion 
dates, and its goals since 2008 and the witnesses presented 
testimony regarding some concerns that still remain. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from the California High-Speed 
Rail Authority, Preserve Our Heritage, the Kings County Board 
of Supervisors, the Madera County Farm Bureau, the Peer Review 
Group for the California High-Speed Rail Project, and the 
Fresno Chamber of Commerce.

                 NORTHEAST CORRIDOR ROLLING ROUNDTABLE

    On June 6, 2013, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials hosted a roundtable on an Amtrak train 
to New York, New York, to assess and discuss the importance of 
the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to the states it serves. The NEC 
is 437 miles of rail line extending from Washington, D.C., to 
Boston, Massachusetts. The NEC carries 153 daily Amtrak trains, 
over 2,000 commuter trains, and 70 freight trains. It is the 
most valuable and heavily traveled piece of Amtrak's network. 
Participants in the ``Rolling Roundtable'' included 
representatives from NEC state departments of transportation 
and Members of Congress.

 NEW YORK CITY FIELD HEARING: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR

    On June 7, 2013, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials held a hearing in New York, New York, 
to assess and discuss the importance of the NEC to rail 
transportation. As Amtrak's most profitable route, the NEC and 
its ridership provide an economically viable opportunity for 
future infrastructure investment and improvement. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from Amtrak, New York State, the 
Regional Plan Association, and an academic on the importance of 
the NEC and potential investment opportunities.

    ROUNDTABLE: CHICAGO CREATE: PASSENGER AND FREIGHT RAIL SYNERGIES

    On June 10, 2013, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials held a roundtable discussion in 
Chicago, Illinois. The purpose of the discussion was to obtain 
information on the Chicago Region Environmental and 
Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE), established ten 
years ago as a public-private partnership between Chicago 
Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of 
Transportation, freight railroads, DOT, Metra, and Amtrak to 
help mitigate the rail-related congestion in the Chicagoland 
region. Participants included Metra, Chicago Department of 
Transportation, the Association of American Railroads (AAR), 
the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and the United Transportation 
Union.

                 ROUNDTABLE: IMPACT OF RAIL IN ILLINOIS

    On June 11, 2013, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials held a roundtable discussion in 
Springfield, Illinois. The rail industry in Illinois has grown 
from a 59-mile route connecting Meredosia and Springfield in 
1842 to 7,400 miles of track serving passengers and the 
manufacturing, warehousing/distribution, agricultural, and 
energy industries in the state. This constitutes the second 
largest rail system in the United States, and is the only state 
in which all seven Class I railroads operate. Participants in 
the roundtable included representatives from the City of 
Springfield, City of Decatur, Sangamon County Board, the City 
of Champaign, the River Bend Growth Association, the Archer 
Daniels Midland Company, the Illinois Department of 
Transportation, the Indiana Railroad Company, the University of 
Illinois, the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, and 
Champaign County First.

NATIONAL RAIL POLICY: EXAMINING GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    On June 27, 2013, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials heard from major stakeholders on 
developing the Nation's rail policy for the next 
reauthorization. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss with 
these stakeholders major issues and objectives that could be 
included or instrumental in a future rail bill. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from the FRA, APTA, AAR, AASHTO, 
and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

       THE ROLE OF INNOVATIVE FINANCE IN INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL

    On July 9, 2013, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled ``The Role of 
Innovative Finance in Intercity Passenger Rail.'' The purpose 
of this hearing was to receive testimony related to the role of 
innovative financing tools to advance intercity passenger rail 
projects. At the hearing, the Subcommittee heard from DOT, the 
Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, Parallel 
Infrastructure, and Reconnecting America.

                           Oversight Letters


                       CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL

    On February 22, 2013, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham wrote a letter 
addressed to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) regarding 
the California High-Speed Rail Authority's (Authority) planned 
construction of a passenger rail line to connect the San 
Francisco Transbay Terminal to Los Angeles Union Station 
(project). Given that the STB has authority under the 
Interstate Commerce Act to approve the construction and 
operation of rail lines that cross state borders, the Authority 
never sought a determination by the STB regarding its proposed 
project which would eventually connect to Amtrak routes. 
Chairman Denham asked the Board to take all reasonable action 
to ensure that the Authority complies with the Interstate 
Commerce Act. Chairman Denham sent two similar letters on the 
same date to the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the 
FRA, respectively, with a similar request, stating the 
Authority should take all steps necessary to clarify whether 
the Board has jurisdiction over the project and construction 
activities. Incidentally, after these letters were circulated, 
the Authority went to the STB for determination and the STB 
granted it authority within the necessary timeframe for 
construction.
    On November 26, 2013, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham and the 
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development 
and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations 
Chairman Tom Latham sent a letter to Comptroller General Gene 
Dodaro of GAO to address concerns over recent litigation in 
California implying that the California High-Speed Rail Project 
would not be able to use state bonds to finance its 
construction. The Chairmen asked the GAO to investigate whether 
the Authority was currently violating or on the verge of 
violating its grant agreements with the federal government by 
failing to supply a match to federal funds. The letter also 
requested that the GAO look at the expenditure of grant funds 
by the FRA and the responsibility of the FRA to re-evaluate the 
grant agreement in light of recent events. No response to this 
letter has been received.
    On December 3, 2013, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham wrote a letter 
addressed to the DOT IG requesting an audit of the FRA's 
policies and procedures for negotiating and amending High-Speed 
and Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) grant agreements and FRA's 
oversight procedures for ensuring HSIPR grant agreement terms 
are met. Chairman Denham's request was spurred by California 
state court decisions that called into question the 
availability of state matching funds for the $3.9 billion in 
HSIPR grants provided to the California high-speed rail 
project. It is of particular concern that FRA amended its grant 
agreement to allow the expenditure of federal funds in advance 
of state matching funds. As a result, taxpayer funds may be at 
significant risk with questionable likelihood of recovery if 
the Authority fails to comply with the terms of the agreement.

                         POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL

    On August 8, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking Member 
Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Chairman Jeff Denham and Ranking Member 
Corrine Brown of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
Hazardous Materials wrote a letter addressed to the FCC raising 
concerns about delays to the installation of communication 
towers due to the FCC's environmental and historic preservation 
review process. The Committee members noted that the Rail 
Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) requires the installation 
of positive train control (PTC) throughout the country by the 
end of 2015, and urged the FCC to move expeditiously to put a 
process in place to facilitate the timely deployment of PTC. 
The letter also requested periodic updates from Acting 
Chairwoman Clyburn or her staff regarding the Commission's 
involvement with PTC implementation.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``Freight and Passenger Rail in America's 
Transportation System.'' (March 5, 2013) Committee Print Number 
113-4
    Hearing entitled ``Amtrak's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget: The 
Starting Point for Reauthorization.'' (April 11, 2013) 
Committee Print Number 113-8
    Hearing entitled ``Understanding the Cost Drivers of 
Passenger Rail.'' (May 21, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-17
    Field hearing entitled ``Oversight of California High-Speed 
Rail.'' (May 28, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-20
    Field hearing entitled ``The Importance of the Northeast 
Corridor.'' (June 7, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-23
    Hearing entitled ``National Rail Policy: Examining Goals, 
Objectives, and Responsibilities.'' (June 27, 2013) Committee 
Print Number 113-28
    Hearing entitled ``The Role of Innovative Finance in 
Intercity Passenger Rail.'' (July 9, 2013) Committee Print 
Number 113-29

     SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT U.S. HOUSE OF 
                     REPRESENTATIVE 113TH CONGRESS


     BOB GIBBS, Ohio, Chairman
 TIMOTHY H. BISHOP, Ranking Member

DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           DON YOUNG, Alaska
JOHN GARAMENDI, California           GARY G. MILLER, California
LOIS FRANKEL, Florida                SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, West 
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,               Virginia
  District of Columbia               CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California      Arkansas
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
JANICE HAHN, California              DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          JEFF DENHAM, California
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona             REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York       STEVE DAINES, Montana
NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia     TOM RICE, South Carolina
  (ex officio)                       MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma
                                     MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
                                     RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
                                     MARK SANFORD, South Carolina
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

                         Legislative Activities


           Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013


                 IN CONFERENCE WITH SENATE (H.R. 3080)

    To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of 
the United States, to provide for the conservation and 
development of water and related resources, and for other 
purposes.

Summary

    This legislation will authorize water infrastructure 
projects to be carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers 
(Corps) to improve ports, harbors, inland waterways, flood risk 
management, and environment restoration. H.R. 3080 will also 
reform the process by which the Corps conducts project review 
and environmental studies, as well as expand the ability of 
non-federal interests to contribute funds to authorized studies 
and projects.

Legislative History

    H.R. 3080 was introduced by Congressman Shuster (R-PA) on 
September 11, 2013, and referred to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee on the Budget, 
the Committee on Ways and Means, and the Committee on Natural 
Resources.
    On September 12, 2013, H.R. 3080 was referred to the 
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
    On September 19, 2013, the Committee met in open session 
and ordered H.R. 3080 favorably reported to the House, as 
amended, by voice vote.
    On October 21, 2013, H.R. 3080 was reported as amended by 
the Committee (House Report 113-246, Part 1) and placed on the 
Union Calendar (Calendar No. 174).
    On October 23, 2013, H.R. 3080 was considered in the House 
pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 385, and the bill was 
passed by a Roll Call vote of 417 yeas and 3 nays (Roll call 
No. 560).
    On October 28, 2013, H.R. 3080 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under 
General Orders (Calendar No. 224).
    On October 31, 2013, the Senate Considered H.R. 3080 by 
Unanimous Consent. The Senate insisted on its amendment (the 
text of S. 601 as passed by the Senate on May 15, 2013, 
requested a conference and appointed conferees). On November 
14, 2013, the House disagreed with the Senate amendment, and 
agreed to a conference. On the same day, the Speaker appointed 
conferees.
    From the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: 
Shuster, Duncan of Tennessee, LoBiondo, Graves of Missouri, 
Capito, Miller of Michigan, Hunter, Bucshon, Gibbs, Hanna, 
Webster of Florida, Rice of South Carolina, Mullin, Rodney 
Davis of Illinois, Rahall, DeFazio, Brown of Florida, Eddie 
Bernice Johnson of Texas, Bishop of New York, Edwards, 
Garamendi, Hahn, Nolan, Frankel of Florida, and Busto.
    From the Committee on Natural Resources: Hastings (WA), 
Bishop (UT), and Napolitano.
    On November 20, 2013, the House and Senate held a formal 
conference meeting.

          Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act 
                                of 2013


            IN CONFERENCE WITH SENATE (H.R. 2642/H.R. 1947)

    To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural 
and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 
fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 2642 provides for the reform and continuation of 
agricultural and other programs of the Department of 
Agriculture through fiscal year 2018. H.R. 2642 contains 
provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittees on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation; Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management; Highways and 
Transit; and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

Legislative Summary

    H.R. 1947 was introduced by Congressman Frank D. Lucas (R-
OK) on May 13, 2013.
    H.R. 1947 was considered in the House on June 20, 2013, and 
failed on passage by recorded vote of 195 yeas to 234 nays 
(Rollcall No. 286).
    H.R. 2642 was introduced by Congressman Frank D. Lucas (R-
OK) on July 10, 2013. H.R. 2642 contains language similar to 
H.R. 1947.
    H.R. 2642 passed the House by a rollcall vote of 216 yeas 
and 208 nays (Rollcall No. 353).
    On July 16, 2013, H.R. 2642 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar.
    On July 18, 2013, the Senate struck all after the Enacting 
Clause and substituted the language of S. 954 amended. 
Subsequently, the Senate passed the measure by unanimous 
consent.
    On October 11, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster of the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure wrote a letter to Speaker 
John A. Boehner to request the appointment of conferees from 
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    On October 17, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Ranking 
Member Corrine Brown (D-FL) wrote letters to Congressman Frank 
D. Lucas, Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Thad Cochran (R-
MS), and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (R-MN) to express 
objection to section 6206 of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2642.
    On October 25, 2013, Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Ranking Member 
John Garamendi (D-CA) wrote letters to Congressman Frank D. 
Lucas (R-OK), Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Thad Cochran 
(R-MS), and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (R-MN) in support of 
the House-passed reauthorization of the Food for Peace Program 
in H.R. 2642.
    On October 30, 2013, the House and Senate began formal 
conference committee meetings.

                      Northern Route Approval Act


                     PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3)

    To amend title 40, United States Code, to improve the 
functioning and management of the Public Buildings Service.

Summary

    H.R. 3 gives TransCanada congressional approval to 
construct the Keystone XL pipeline. H.R. 3 requires the 
Secretary of the Army to issue, within 90 days of the receipt 
of an application, the permits under section 404 of the Clean 
Water Act and section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act which 
are necessary for construction, operation, and maintenance of 
the pipeline. The bill also authorizes the Secretary to waive 
procedural requirements of law or regulation in order to issue 
these permits, and restricts the Administrator of the 
Environmental Protection Agency from prohibiting or restricting 
an activity or use of an area that is authorized by the 
permits. The bill deems these permits issued, if the Secretary 
of the Army does not issue such permits within the required 
timeframe. The legislation also deems the final environmental 
impact statement issued by the Secretary of State on August 26, 
2011, coupled with the Final Evaluation Report issued by the 
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality in January 2013 
and approved by the Nebraska governor, to satisfy all 
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 
and of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Legislative History

    On March 15, 2013, H.R. 3 was introduced in the House.
    On March 16, 2013, H.R. 3 was ordered reported by the 
Committee.
    On March 17, 2013, H.R. 3 was reported to the House by the 
Committee on Energy and Commerce (House Report 113-61, Part I), 
the Committee on Natural Resources. (House Report 113-61, Part 
II), and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
(House Report 113-61, Part III).
    On May 22, 2013, H.R. 3 passed the House by recorded vote: 
241-175, 1 Present (Rollcall No.179).
    On May 23, 2013, H.R. 3 was received in the Senate.

          Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act


                ORDERED REPORTED BY COMMITTEE (H.R. 311)

    To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection 
Agency to change the Spill Prevention, Control, and 
Countermeasure rule with respect to certain farms.

Summary

    This legislation reforms the way the EPA implements the 
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule with respect 
to farms. Farms with an aboveground storage capacity greater 
than 10,000 gallons, an aggregate aboveground storage capacity 
of at least 42,000 gallons, or a history that includes a spill 
must be certified as being in compliance by either a 
professional engineer with the farm or by the owner or operator 
of the farm. It also directs the EPA to exempt any farm with an 
aggregate aboveground storage capacity of 10,000 gallons or 
less and no history of spills from the certification 
requirement.

Legislative History

    H.R. 311 was introduced by Congressman Crawford (R-AR) on 
January 1, 2013.
    On January 21, 2013, H.R. 311 was referred to the 
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
    On October 29, 2013, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 311 reported by voice vote.

                Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013


                    REPORTED BY COMMITTEE (H.R. 935)

    To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to 
clarify congressional intent regarding the regulation of the 
use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other 
purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 935 amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Water Pollution Control 
Act to prohibit the EPA or state agencies from requiring a 
permit to discharge pesticides that have already been approved 
for sale and use under FIFRA into navigable waters. Pesticide 
discharges in violation of FIFRA and stormwater, manufacturing, 
or industrial effluent discharges regulated under the National 
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System are exempted from that 
prohibition.

Legislative History

    H.R. 935 was introduced by Congressman Gibbs (R-OH) on 
March 4, 2013, and was referred to both the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure as well as the Committee on 
Agriculture.
    On March 4, 2013, H.R. 935 was referred to the Subcommittee 
on Water Resources and Environment.
    On October 29, 2013, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 935 reported by voice vote.

            Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act of 2013


                   REPORTED BY COMMITTEE (H.R. 2026)

    To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to exempt 
certain silvicultural activities from national pollutant 
discharge elimination system permitting requirements, and for 
other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 2026 amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to 
prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring a 
permit for stormwater discharge resulting from silvicultural 
activities. It does not, however, exempt the discharge of 
dredged fill material into navigable waters from the existing 
permitting process.

Legislative History

    H.R. 2026 was introduced by Congresswoman Herrera Beutler 
(R-WA) on May 16, 2013.
    On May 17, 2013, H.R. 2026 was referred to the Subcommittee 
on Water Resources and Environment.
    On October 29, 2013, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 2026 reported by voice vote.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


        ROUNDTABLE: PORTS: JOBS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TRADE

    On March 6, 2013, the Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment held a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. 
This discussion was intended to obtain background information 
in preparation for the Committee's development of H.R. 3080. 
Key issues included streamlining the feasibility process, the 
use of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, and how projects are 
prioritized. Participants included the American Association of 
Port Authorities, Maersk, Inc., the Port of Tampa, and the Port 
of Skagit.

ROUNDTABLE: WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT: MAXIMIZING SYSTEMWIDE BENEFITS

    On April 10, 2013, the Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment held a roundtable discussion to continue 
preparation for the Committee's development of H.R. 3080. The 
roundtable focused on environmental streamlining, the use of 
the Inland Waterway Trust Fund, as well as how the Corps 
prioritizes projects to be improved. Participants included the 
Waterways Council, Inc., the National Waterways Conference, 
Inc., American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, 
National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management 
Agencies, The Nature Conservancy, and International Union of 
Operating Engineers.

  HEARING ON THE FOUNDATIONS FOR A NEW WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT

    On April 16, 2013, the Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment held a hearing titled ``The Foundations for a New 
Water Resources Development Act.'' The purpose of the hearing 
was to discuss the current projects and programs of the Corps 
and the priorities for H.R. 3080. Also discussed was the 
collection of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and the Inland 
Waterways Trust Fund. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, the 
National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management 
Agencies, the Waterways Council, Inc., American Association of 
Port Authorities, Stony Brook University, and the National 
Waterways Conference, Inc.

THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET: ADMINISTRATION PRIORITIES FOR 
                      THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

    On April 24, 2013, the Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment held a hearing on the Corps' budget request for 
fiscal year 2014 to provide Members with an opportunity to 
review the Corps' budgetary priorities. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from the Assistant Secretary of the Army, 
Civil Works, and the Chief of Engineers of the Army Corps of 
Engineers.

THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET: ADMINISTRATION PRIORITIES FOR 
                  THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

    On May 22, 2013, the Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment held a hearing on the EPA's budget request for 
fiscal year 2014 to provide Members with an opportunity to 
review the Agency's budgetary priorities with regards to the 
Clean Water Act. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
Acting Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Water, and 
from the Acting Assistant Administrator of the EPA's Office of 
Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

 A REVIEW OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CHIEF'S REPORTS

    On June 5, 2013, the Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment held a hearing to review the 25 pending Army Corps 
of Engineers Chief's Reports that have been submitted to 
Congress since the passage of the last Water Resources 
Development Act in 2007. Members also reviewed the process the 
Corps undertakes when developing its projects. The Deputy 
Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, Army 
Corps of Engineers and the Chief for Planning and Policy, Army 
Corps of Engineers testified before the Subcommittee.

                           Oversight Letters


              INLAND WATERWAYS USERS BOARD CHARTER RENEWAL

    On April 2, 2013, Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment Chairman Bob Gibbs wrote a letter addressed to the 
Secretary of Defense regarding the charter of the Inland 
Waterways Users Board. The Users Board had been created by 
Congress in the 1986 Water Resources Development Act to advise 
the Corps and the Congress on the implementation of water 
infrastructure projects. Chairman Gibbs requested that the 
Secretary take action to renew the charter of the Inland 
Waterways Users Board, last filed on March 16, 2011, and to 
appoint the required 11 members of the Users Board, as all 
existing appointments had expired. The Subcommittee is still 
awaiting a response.

MOHAWK VALLEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROWTH ENTERPRISE PERMIT APPLICATION

    On April 12, 2013, Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment Chairman Bob Gibbs wrote a letter addressed to the 
Buffalo District of the Corps regarding the Mohawk Valley 
Economic Development Growth Enterprise (MVEDGE) application for 
a permit under section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). 
Following up on a meeting held by Subcommittee staff the 
previous day, Chairman Gibbs requested that the Corps provide 
the Subcommittee with any information that will assist staff in 
understanding MVEDGE's permit application and in the decision-
making associated with that permitting process. Specifically, 
Chairman Gibbs requested the complete administration record for 
the MVEDGE project, including the complete administrative 
records, communications, and appeal records of the Buffalo 
District, the Corps Great Lakes and Ohio River Division and 
Corps Headquarters, as well as relevant Corps communication 
with the EPA. Chairman Gibbs requested this information be 
submitted to the Subcommittee no later than May 13, 2013. The 
Subcommittee is still awaiting a response.

     FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AFTER 
                          SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING

    On June 21, 2013, Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment Chairman Bob Gibbs wrote a letter addressed to the 
EPA to pose additional questions for the record related to 
testimony delivered at the Subcommittee's May 22, 2013, hearing 
titled ``The President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget: 
Administrative Priorities for the Environmental Protection 
Agency.'' The follow-up questions focus on proposals by the EPA 
and the Corps to change the joint regulatory definition of fill 
material with regards to discharge permitting. The Subcommittee 
is still awaiting a response.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``The Foundations for a New Water 
Resources Development Act.'' (April 16, 2013) Committee Print 
Number 113-10
    Hearing entitled ``The President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget: 
Administration Priorities for the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers.'' (April 24, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-12
    Hearing entitled ``The President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget: 
Administration Priorities for the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency.'' (May 22, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-19
    Hearing entitled ``A Review of the United States Army Corps 
of Engineers Chief's Reports.'' (June 5, 2013) Committee Print 
Number 113-22

              PANEL ON 21ST CENTURY FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             113TH CONGRESS


                      (April 24-October 23, 2013)


 JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee, 
             Chairman
JERROLD NADLER, New York, Ranking 
              Member

CORRINE BROWN, Florida               GARY G. MILLER, California
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              Arkansas
JANICE HAHN, California              RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
                                     DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
                                     MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma

                         Legislative Activities


  Improving the Nation's Freight Transportation System: Findings and 
  Recommendations of the Panel on 21St Century Freight Transportation

    On October 29, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation released its report on the current state of 
freight transportation in the United States and a set of 
recommendations for freight improvements to directly benefit 
and strengthen the Nation's economy. The Panel was established 
by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking Member Nick 
J. Rahall on April 24, 2013, and was led by Panel Chairman John 
J. Duncan, Jr., and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler. Examining 
specific freight transportation issues, the Panel held six 
public hearings, three roundtable discussions, and conducted 
four site visits to freight facilities in regions across the 
Nation. The bipartisan Panel made specific and substantive 
recommendations for Congress to consider, including the 
following:
    
 Recommending the establishment of a comprehensive 
national freight transportation policy and the designation of a 
national, multimodal freight network;
    
 Ensuring robust public investment in all modes of 
transportation on which freight movement relies;
    
 Incentivizing the private sector to invest as 
well;
    
 Promoting the development and delivery of projects 
and activities that improve and facilitate the efficient 
movement of goods;
    
 Authorizing dedicated, sustainable funding for 
multimodal freight projects;
    
 Requiring the Secretary of Transportation to 
identify and recommend sustainable sources of revenue across 
all modes of transportation that would provide the necessary 
investment in the Nation's multimodal freight network and align 
contributions with use of, and expected benefit of increased 
investment in, such network;
    
 Reviewing and working through the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Ways and 
Means, the Secretary's freight funding and revenue 
recommendations and developing specific funding and revenue 
options for freight transportation projects prior to Congress' 
consideration of the surface transportation reauthorization 
bill in 2014.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


      OVERVIEW OF THE UNITED STATES FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

    On April 24, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation held a hearing entitled ``Overview of the United 
States Freight Transportation System.'' The purpose of this 
hearing was to gain a general overview of the current operation 
of the freight network, what challenges impact its performance, 
and what can be done to improve the efficiency and safety of 
freight transportation. The Panel received testimony from FedEx 
Corporation, Norfolk Southern Corporation, the South Carolina 
Ports Authority, Werner Enterprises, and the Transportation 
Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.

      ROUNDTABLE: COORDINATING FEDERAL EFFORTS TO IMPROVE FREIGHT 
                             TRANSPORTATION

    On May 15, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation hosted a roundtable with a discussion focused on 
federal efforts to improve freight transportation. The Panel 
heard from participants from DOT and the Corps.

                    SITE VISIT--SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

    From May 28-31, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation traveled to southern California to gain a better 
understanding of freight movement in the region and to hear 
from local stakeholders. Sites visited included the Los Angeles 
International Airport, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of 
Long Beach, and the Alameda Corridor.

   ROUNDTABLE: NAVIGATING THE COMPLEXITIES OF AMERICA'S LARGEST PORT 
                               FACILITIES

    On May 29, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation held a roundtable discussion in San Pedro, 
California, on ``Navigating the Complexities of America's 
Largest Port Facilities.'' The purpose of this discussion was 
to hear from stakeholders in southern California freight and 
port facilities. Participants included the Port of Long Beach, 
the Port of Los Angeles, Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals, APM 
Terminals, Total Transportation Services, Inc., Metropolitan 
Transportation Authority, Crowley, and International Longshore 
and Warehouse Union.

 HOW SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES IMPACT THE 
                                 NATION

    On May 30, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation held a hearing at the historic Santa Fe Depot in 
San Bernardino, California, to learn how the freight challenges 
of southern California impact the Nation. During this hearing, 
the Panel received updates on the current operation of the 
freight network in southern California, the unique challenges 
that impact its performance, and how these issues resonate 
throughout the country and impact the freight system as a 
whole. The Panel received testimony from the California 
Department of Transportation, the Southern California 
Association of Governments, Mobility 21, Union Pacific, Fox 
Transportation, and the Alameda Corridor-East Construction 
Authority.

                       SITE VISIT: MEMPHIS REGION

    From June 20-21, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation traveled to the Memphis region for a series of 
site visits, meetings, and a working lunch discussion. Sites 
visited included FedEx facilities and the Port of Memphis.

  HOW LOGISTICS FACILITATE AN EFFICIENT FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

    On June 26, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation held a hearing on ``How Logistics Facilitate an 
Efficient Freight Transportation System'' to learn how the 
logistics industry impacts the freight network of the United 
States. During the hearing, the Panel received testimony 
concerning the correlation between logistics and a productive, 
efficient, and safe National freight system and suggestions to 
strengthen this relationship. The Panel heard testimony from 
the United Parcel Service (UPS), Wal-Mart Corporation, C.H. 
Robinson, International Development Systems, Falcon Global 
Edge, and the Association of American Railroads.

    ROUNDTABLE: EFFECTIVELY COORDINATING FREIGHT PLANNING ACTIVITIES

    On July 17, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation hosted a roundtable on ``Effectively 
Coordinating Freight Planning Activities.'' The purpose of this 
roundtable policy discussion was to hear from planning 
officials at the federal, state, regional, and local levels on 
effective coordination of freight activity. Participants 
included DOT, the Florida Department of Transportation, the 
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the North Central 
Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, and 
the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

                    SITE VISIT: NEW YORK CITY REGION

    From July 25-27, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation traveled to the New York City region to gain a 
better understanding of freight movement in the region and to 
hear from local stakeholders. Sites visited included Norfolk 
Southern facilities at Oak Island Rail Yard, the Port of 
Newark, the Greenville Yard in Jersey City, New Jersey, the New 
York and Atlantic Railway facility in Brooklyn, the World Trade 
Center, and the Port-Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) transit 
terminal at the World Transit Center.

 HOW FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES IN URBAN AREAS IMPACT THE NATION

    On July 26, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation held a hearing at the Alexander Hamilton Custom 
House in New York, New York, to explore the ways in which urban 
freight challenges impact the Nation. During this hearing, the 
Panel received testimony concerning the operation of the 
freight network in urban areas, the unique challenges that 
impact performance in these areas, and how these issues impact 
the rest of the Nation's freight system. The Panel heard 
testimony from representatives of the Port Authority of New 
York and New Jersey, the Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Evans 
Network, and CSX Transportation.

                     SITE VISIT: NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

    From August 22-23, 2013, staff for the Panel on 21st 
Century Freight Transportation traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, 
to gain a better understanding of the operations at the Port of 
Virginia and at the Norfolk Southern Coal Pier 6. Sites visited 
included the Norfolk International Terminal, the APM Terminal, 
the Craney Island facility, and Norfolk Southern Coal Pier 6.

         PERSPECTIVES FROM USERS OF THE NATION'S FREIGHT SYSTEM

    On October 1, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation held a hearing to explore how the agriculture 
and manufacturing industries rely on the Nation's freight 
transportation system to remain competitive. The Panel received 
testimony on the specific freight transportation needs of these 
industries and the impact that the level of performance of the 
freight system has on the ability of these industries to remain 
competitive. The Panel received testimony from representatives 
of International Paper, DuPont, Nucor Steel Berkeley, and 
Riceland Foods, Inc.

                  FUNDING THE NATION'S FREIGHT SYSTEM

    On October 10, 2013, the Panel on 21st Century Freight 
Transportation held a hearing to receive testimony related to 
the ways in which freight projects can be funded. At this 
hearing, the Panel learned of various proposals on ways to 
raise new revenue and use existing revenue more wisely in the 
funding of freight infrastructure projects across the Nation. 
The Panel received testimony from the Virginia Department of 
Transportation, the Maryland Department of Transportation, the 
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Covington & 
Burling, LLP, and Mercator Advisors.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``Overview of the United States Freight 
Transportation System.'' (April 24, 2013) Committee Print 
Number 113-13.
    Field hearing entitled ``How Southern California Freight 
Transportation Challenges Impact the Nation.'' (May 30, 2013) 
Committee Print Number 113-21.
    Hearing entitled ``How Logistics Facilitate an Efficient 
Freight Transportation System.'' (June 26, 2013) Committee 
Print Number 113-27.
    Field hearing entitled ``How Freight Transportation 
Challenges in Urban Areas Impact the Nation.'' (July 26, 2013) 
Committee Print Number 113-32.
    Hearing entitled ``Perspectives from Users of the Nation's 
Freight System.'' (October 1, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-
36.
    Hearing entitled ``Funding the Nation's Freight System.'' 
(October 10, 2013) Committee Print Number 113-38.

 OVERSIGHT PLAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE 
                             113TH CONGRESS

    In accordance with Rule X of the House of Representatives, 
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is 
responsible for determining whether laws and programs within 
its jurisdiction are being implemented according to 
congressional intent and whether they should be continued, 
curtailed, or eliminated. In the 113th Congress, the Committee 
will review the activities of government agencies and entities 
within its jurisdiction and the public and private interests 
they affect or regulate. As appropriate, the Committee will 
investigate ways to improve the overall performance and 
operation of the agencies and entities it oversees, promote 
reform and cost savings, and eliminate fraud, wasteful 
spending, abuse and mismanagement where possible.
    The oversight and investigation functions are vested at the 
Full Committee level. Oversight and investigation activities 
will be coordinated between the Full Committee and the 
Subcommittees. This structure will facilitate oversight of 
issues that cut across the jurisdiction of several 
Subcommittees. The Committee will continue to exercise its 
oversight duties through its own staff as well as through work 
performed at the Committee's request by the GAO and the various 
Inspectors General within their respective agencies and 
departments. Oversight activities will include hearings, 
briefings, correspondence, reports, media releases, and public 
statements.
    The GAO provides Congress a biennial update on its High 
Risk Program, which identifies federal programs and operations 
that it considers to be at high risk for waste, fraud, abuse, 
or mismanagement, or in need of broad reform. Consistent with 
the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Committee will 
hold hearings on the programs within the Committee's 
jurisdiction on GAO's ``high-risk'' list. The rules also 
require the Committee to hold at least one hearing every 120 
days on ``waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement in Government 
programs which that committee may authorize.'' These hearings 
will focus on ``the most egregious instances of waste, fraud, 
abuse, or mismanagement,'' as documented by any report that the 
Committee has received from an Inspector General or GAO. 
Finally, the Committee will hold hearings if any agency has 
received disclaimers on its agency financial statements.
    The Committee has identified several particular areas for 
oversight and investigation in the 113th Congress. These areas 
are organized by Subcommittee and discussed below:

                        Subcommittee on Aviation

    1. Implementation of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act 
of 2012. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) 
was signed into law on February 14, 2012. The FMRA authorizes 
funding for and reforms and revises the safety programs, air 
traffic control modernization (NextGen) efforts, and operations 
of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through fiscal 
year 2015. This law also contains over 100 deadlines for 
federal government action, including: rulemakings, program 
implementations, plans, studies and task force actions. The 
Subcommittee will closely oversee the FAA's efforts to 
implement the mandates contained in the FMRA.
    2. Safety Programs. The Subcommittee has held numerous 
safety hearings and will continue its oversight in the new 
Congress. Maintaining a safe and efficient aviation system is 
critical to the aviation industry, passengers, the U.S. 
economy, job creation, and U.S. competitiveness in the global 
marketplace. Issues to be addressed include: regional airline 
safety, general aviation safety, the safe integration of 
unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), pilot and controller training, 
ways to reduce operational errors, the FAA's enforcement and 
certification activities, and the FAA's volunteer reporting and 
data sharing and assessment programs.
    3. Evaluation of FAA's NextGen Air Traffic Control 
Modernization. Since the early 1980's, the FAA has been trying 
to modernize the air traffic control system, a program referred 
to as ``NextGen.'' NextGen is essential if the United States is 
to remain competitive and a leader in aviation in the global 
marketplace. The modernization program is now moving beyond the 
research and development phase and into the implementation 
phase. The FAA and industry must work together to reap the many 
benefits of a modern, satellite-based system. Benefits of this 
project include: greater system efficiency; reduced noise 
exposure; reduced emissions and fuel burn; improved safety; 
increased accuracy and reliability in the equipment and 
software; and the capability for future computer enhancements. 
Over the years, the FAA's efforts have often been behind 
schedule and over budget. The Subcommittee will continue to 
monitor and examine the FAA's efforts to establish performance 
metrics, meet deadlines, stay within budget, put in place an 
aircraft equipage program, and streamline implementation of the 
NextGen program.
    4. Oversight of the Office of the Secretary. The Office of 
the Secretary within DOT inherited several aviation functions 
when the Civil Aeronautics Board was abolished. These functions 
include ensuring that air carriers do not engage in unfair and 
deceptive practices that could harm consumers and ensuring that 
business agreements among air carriers do not result in harmful 
effects. Many of these functions have a dramatic impact on the 
industry, competition, and job creation. Hearings may be held 
to evaluate various DOT programs and policies affecting 
aviation, including slots, essential air service, air carrier 
alliances, aviation consumer issues, international air service, 
key safety treaties, and the European Union's Emissions Trading 
Scheme.
    5. Airline Financial Condition and Passenger Service. Much 
of the last decade has been a difficult one for the airline 
industry. The cumulative impacts of 9/11, the severe acute 
respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, spikes in fuel prices, 
and the global recession have taken their toll, although the 
industry has been profitable over the last few years. Moreover, 
over the next decade, the FAA predicts that air traffic 
operations will increase. When the economy improves, passenger 
complaints about delays, cancellations, overbooking, customer 
service, and transparency in airfares and ancillary fees 
charged by airlines may rise again as passenger traffic 
rebounds. The Subcommittee will continue to examine ways to 
maintain the airline industry, review recently established 
regulations to ensure the proper balance is maintained between 
safety and commerce, and refocus its attention on service 
issues.
    6. Streamlining the FAA's Policies, Programs, and 
Procedures. The Subcommittee is interested in an expected 
assessment of the FAA's existing policies, programs and 
procedures in order to seek ways to streamline processes and 
eliminate wasteful and redundant programs and overly burdensome 
regulations. In the FMRA, the FAA is given the authority to 
carry out any efforts needed to achieve the efficiencies 
outlined in the assessment. The FAA is also directed to work 
with labor and industry and provide Congress with a plan for 
the realignment and consolidation of the FAA's facilities. The 
Subcommittee will carefully oversee these and other efforts by 
the FAA to achieve much needed efficiencies and cost savings.
    7. Oversight of the National Transportation Safety Board. 
Authorization for NTSB expired in 2008. A reauthorization bill 
passed the House in 2010 but was not enacted. Reauthorization 
of NTSB may be considered in the 113th Congress. This would be 
preceded by oversight hearings by the Subcommittee.

        Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation

    1. Coast Guard Budget. The Coast Guard is currently 
functioning under a continuing resolution for fiscal year 2013 
which expired March 27, 2013. The continuing resolution 
provides funding for all Coast Guard accounts and activities at 
the fiscal year 2012 level plus 0.612 percent. On December 20, 
2012, the President signed into law H.R. 2838, the Coast Guard 
and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012, which authorized $8.6 
billion for the Service in fiscal year 2013 and $8.7 billion in 
fiscal year 2014.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will hold hearings 
on the President's fiscal year 2014 and 2015 budget requests 
and consider legislation to authorize the Coast Guard. The 
Subcommittee will explore ways to implement cost savings at the 
Service by leveraging efficiencies and eliminating waste, 
fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.
    2. Coast Guard Recapitalization. The Coast Guard is 
currently undergoing a major recapitalization of its offshore 
operating assets. The recapitalization is intended to replace 
or modernize more than 90 ships and 200 aircraft, as well as 
replace outdated command, control, and communications systems. 
The recapitalization is facing serious challenges related to 
schedule, budget, and engineering.
    The Coast Guard has failed to develop a recapitalization 
program that reflects the current budget environment, and 
continues to pursue a plan not supported by either 
Administration budget requests or congressional appropriations. 
Since 2001, expanding mission demands have been placed on the 
Service. These increased demands require aging and 
deteriorating legacy assets to operate well beyond planned 
service lives. Legacy assets are deteriorating at increasing 
rates as tightened budgets delay the acquisition of replacement 
assets. These intersecting trend lines jeopardize readiness.
    The recapitalization program has had several successes, 
including major upgrades to the Coast Guard's helicopters, and 
the ongoing acquisition of new classes of ocean-going and near-
shore cutters. Despite these successes, the Subcommittee 
remains concerned with the escalating costs of the program, the 
mission readiness of existing assets, the failure of certain 
new assets to meet performance goals, inattention to icebreaker 
recapitalization needs, and the lack of a realistic Capital 
Investment Plan.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will continue to 
closely review the Coast Guard's recapitalization program, as 
well as any changes to the program which may be necessary to 
ensure the men and women of the Coast Guard who risk their 
lives for the Nation have the best equipment possible at the 
best price for the American taxpayers.
    3. Coast Guard Mission Balance and Alignment. The 
Subcommittee remains concerned about the balance of resources 
and assets assigned to the Service's different missions. Since 
September 11, 2001, the Coast Guard has received significantly 
increased resources to carry out homeland security missions, 
including ports, waterways, and coastal security and migrant 
interdiction. The Subcommittee wants to assure the Service's 
equally critical missions, including maritime transportation, 
safety of life at sea, and environmental stewardship, are given 
sufficient weight when allocating resources and assigning 
assets.
    The Subcommittee is also concerned with the training and 
experience requirements for Coast Guard servicemen and women, 
as well as whether the Service is properly aligned to 
successfully conduct its critical missions in the most 
efficient and cost-effective manner possible. A structural 
reorganization has gone through several iterations in the last 
seven years, and the Subcommittee will examine the final 
outcome of these organizational changes.
    The Coast Guard must assure the safety, as well as the 
security, of the Nation's maritime commerce every day. Failure 
to provide adequate resources to the Coast Guard's marine 
safety and environmental stewardship programs are as much of a 
threat to the United States' economic interests as failure to 
provide adequate resources for maritime security.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight of the Coast Guard's mission balance and alignment to 
ensure the Service maintains and appropriately distributes the 
necessary resources, expertise, and organizational structure to 
successfully conduct all of its critical missions.
    4. Maritime Domain Awareness. In order to prevent 
accidents, protect U.S. borders, and effectively respond to 
incidents in the waters under the control of the United States, 
the Coast Guard must maintain Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). 
In other words, the Service must have real-time knowledge of 
the location and intention of vessels operating in U.S. waters, 
as well as such other background information as weather, tides, 
and currents. MDA requires access to many sources of data, 
including visual observations, weather predictions, long-range 
vessel tracking information, and data provided by vessel-based 
transponders. The integration of these data sources into a 
``Common Operating Picture'' shared by shore-side facilities, 
ships, and aircraft, forms the basis of the Coast Guard's 
future plans to deploy its assets more wisely and cost 
effectively, while also improving safety and security of our 
maritime transportation system.
    The Coast Guard relies on several new and developing 
technologies to assist in implementing MDA. The Subcommittee 
has been concerned with delays in fielding these new 
technologies, cost overruns, the development of seemingly 
duplicative systems, performance failures, and poor contract 
management. The Subcommittee is also concerned that plans to 
upgrade command, control, communication, computer, 
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, popularly known 
as C4ISR, are not achieving the level of integration needed to 
fully take advantage of existing and rapidly improving sensor 
and communication technologies.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will continue its 
oversight of the Service's development and implementation of 
MDA to ensure the best system is fielded in a timely manner and 
at the best price for the American taxpayers.
    5. Maritime Transportation Safety. Over the next year, the 
Coast Guard will be implementing or proposing new regulations 
intended to improve the safety of commercial fishing vessels 
and towing vessels, as well as to enhance the mariner 
credentialing and fitness determination process. The Service 
may also propose new safety regulations on cruise vessels in 
the wake of the COSTA CONCORDIA marine casualty. Finally, later 
this year, the Coast Guard is expected to publish a major new 
rule governing the deployment of electronic readers for the 
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    The recently enacted Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Act modified some of these rulemakings to afford 
the Coast Guard adequate time to fairly enforce them. In the 
113th Congress, the Subcommittee will continue oversight of the 
Coast Guard's regulatory program to ensure these regulations 
improve the safety of the maritime transportation system 
without unduly increasing costs and undermining job growth in 
the maritime industry.
    6. Marine Environmental Protection. In recent years, the 
Coast Guard and EPA have implemented several new regulations 
governing the transportation of oil and other hazardous 
substances on water; air emissions from vessels; and the 
discharge from vessels of plastics, ballast water, and over 25 
other ``discharges incidental to the normal operation of a 
vessel,'' such as bilge water, deck wash, and air conditioning 
condensate. In addition, over 25 states have put in place 
regulations to govern ballast water and other incidental 
discharges. Many of these new requirements are inconsistent, 
costly, and burdensome. If not properly addressed, these 
regulations could significantly complicate vessel operations, 
drive up costs, threaten jobs, and impede the flow of commerce 
along our coasts, the Great Lakes, and inland rivers.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight of these regulations. The Subcommittee will also work 
to address the challenges posed by these new regulations and 
ensure the efficient movement of maritime commerce, defend 
seafaring and port jobs, and protect the environment.
    7. Oil Spill Prevention and Response. In fiscal year 2012, 
the Coast Guard received over 32,000 reports of an oil or 
hazardous materials spill. The Service continues to respond to 
the April 2010 explosion and sinking of the DEEPWATER HORIZON 
and has deployed assets to the Arctic to oversee permitted 
drilling activities.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will continue 
oversight of oil spill prevention laws and regulations, as well 
as the Coast Guard's capability to respond to such incidents. 
The Subcommittee will work to ensure the Nation's oil spill 
prevention and response capabilities protect human lives and 
the environment while protecting U.S. jobs.
    8. Port and Vessel Security. On an annual basis, U.S. ports 
handle more than 2 billion tons of freight, 3 billion barrels 
of oil, more than 134 million ferry passengers, and more than 7 
million cruise ship passengers. Approximately 7,500 foreign 
ships, manned by 200,000 foreign sailors, enter U.S. ports 
every year to offload approximately six million truck-size 
cargo containers onto U.S. docks. Additionally, many of these 
seaports are critical military strategic sealift ports whose 
availability must be constantly assured.
    There are 361 public ports in the United States that handle 
over 95 percent of U.S. overseas trade. The top 50 ports in the 
United States account for over 90 percent of total cargo 
tonnage. Twenty-five U.S. ports account for over 98 percent of 
all container shipments. Cruise ships visiting foreign 
destinations embark from at least 16 U.S. ports. Generally, 
ports are often very open and exposed and are potentially 
susceptible to large-scale acts of terrorism that could cause 
catastrophic loss of life and economic disruption.
    In 2002, Congress enacted the Maritime Transportation 
Security Act (MTSA), now chapter 701 of title 46, United States 
Code. The measure establishes a comprehensive national maritime 
transportation security system; requires the Coast Guard to 
conduct vulnerability assessments of U.S. ports; requires the 
Coast Guard to develop national and regional area maritime 
transportation security plans; requires seaports, waterfront 
terminals, and certain types of vessels to develop security and 
incident response plans for the Coast Guard; and requires the 
Coast Guard to conduct an antiterrorism assessment of certain 
foreign ports. Vessel and facility plans went into effect on 
July 1, 2004.
    MTSA also established the TWIC program to ensure that 
transportation workers who have access to secure areas of 
maritime facilities do not pose a terrorism security risk. The 
Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 (SAFE 
Port Act) set deadlines for the deployment of TWIC to workers 
and the installation of TWIC reader devices at access points to 
secure areas. The TSA and Coast Guard missed the July 30, 2007, 
deadline to begin the deployment of TWIC and did not begin 
deployment of the credentials until October 2007. The TSA also 
missed the April 2009 deadline for the installation of TWIC 
readers. The Coast Guard does not anticipate issuing final 
rules for the installation of readers until 2013.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will continue to 
conduct oversight of these critical security issues with the 
goal of providing the highest level of security possible that 
does not impede the efficient flow of maritime commerce or 
interrupt employment opportunities in the maritime sector.
    9. Piracy. In 2012, pirates in the waters off the Horn of 
Africa captured 13 commercial vessels and held over 200 
merchant seamen hostage. Although these numbers have fallen in 
recent months, the pirates continue their violent attacks on 
vessels transiting those waters. Pirates are using larger 
vessels, more advanced weaponry, and traveling further into the 
Indian Ocean to intercept vessels traveling outside the regular 
shipping lanes. Ransoms are increasing and reports indicate 
that conditions for hostages are worsening. Incidents of piracy 
are also on the rise in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of 
Nigeria further impacting commercial shipping around the 
African continent.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will continue 
oversight of this issue. The Subcommittee will work to find 
ways to improve the security of U.S. seafarers, their vessels, 
and their cargo as they transit these high-risk waters.
    10. Arctic Transportation. The percentage of the Arctic 
Circle covered in ice during the summer months continues to 
shrink. As a result, waters previously blocked by ice have 
become navigable in the summer. This opens opportunities for 
ships to transit between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans 
through the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route. It 
may also ease the difficulties faced in extracting potential 
oil and gas resources, as well as expand fishing and tourism 
activities.
    As the ice cap recedes, human presence in the Arctic may 
expand. The Coast Guard will likely need to deal with a growing 
caseload of search and rescue, marine pollution response, law 
enforcement, and defense missions. The Service currently lacks 
the infrastructure or assets required for extended operations 
in the Arctic.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will continue its 
oversight of these issues. The Subcommittee will work to find 
ways to improve the safety and security of Arctic 
transportation routes, as well as enhance Coast Guard presence 
in the region in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
    11. Federal Maritime Commission, Maritime Administration, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Budget and 
Programs. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Federal 
Maritime Commission (FMC) and the non-defense related programs 
of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). The FMC is responsible 
for the economic regulation of waterborne foreign commerce and 
unfair shipping practices. MARAD oversees several programs 
related to defense readiness, as well as programs designed to 
promote and develop the domestic merchant marine industry. The 
Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over the National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Response and 
Restoration (ORR). ORR provides technical and scientific 
assistance in the response to, and environmental restoration 
from, oil and hazardous material spills. It also administers 
the Marine Debris Program. The Subcommittee is also interested 
in NOAA programs that acquire and distribute data necessary for 
the safe operation of the Maritime Transportation System.
    Each of these agencies is operating under a fiscal year 
2013 continuing resolution which expired March 27, 2013. In 
fiscal year 2012, these agencies had a combined budget of over 
$399 million.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will continue to 
conduct oversight of the FMC, MARAD, and ORR. The Subcommittee 
will explore ways to promote job growth in the domestic fleet, 
while improving operations and reducing costs at these 
agencies.

 Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
                               Management

    1. Federal Courthouses. In June of 2010, GAO issued a 
report on the federal courthouse program and found that of the 
33 courthouses built since 2000, there was 3.56 million square 
feet of extra space, costing the taxpayer $835 million plus $51 
million annually to operate and maintain. The Subcommittee will 
continue its oversight of the authorization of new federal 
courthouses, encourage the full implementation of courtroom 
sharing formulae, and place strict requirements on any proposed 
courthouses to minimize overbuilding and reduce costs. The 
Subcommittee will also closely oversee the progress made on 
courthouses already authorized to ensure they are constructed 
within the limitations placed upon them by the Committee and to 
ensure they stay below or within budget. The Subcommittee will 
also work to ensure that courthouse construction projects 
include credible judgeship projections; courtroom sharing in a 
robust and efficient fashion in accordance with the empirical 
courtroom use data collected by the Federal Judicial Center; 
and faithful adherence by GSA to congressionally authorized 
square-footage limitations, as well as dollar limitations, when 
executing projects.
    2. Leasing. On or about July 17, 2012, GSA entered into a 
lease agreement to occupy space on six floors at One World 
Trade Center. The lease agreement includes an initial lease 
term of 20 years starting in 2015 at a rent of approximately 
$17.5 million per year for a total of $351.4 million over the 
initial term of the lease. The lease also includes four 15-year 
renewal options. GSA entered into this lease agreement despite 
the fact that a resolution approving the lease had not yet been 
adopted by the Committee.
    While a prospectus as required by the Public Buildings Act 
was submitted to the Committee on June 6, 2012, the prospectus 
did not include a customary housing plan, identifying the 
proposed tenant agencies for the leased space and indicating 
how GSA proposed utilizing the space. Notwithstanding that the 
Committee had not passed a Committee resolution approving the 
lease or the fact GSA had submitted an incomplete prospectus, 
GSA obligated the government to more than $350 million. This 
broke decades of legal precedent. Subsequently, former Chairman 
Mica, former Subcommittee Chairman Denham and former 
Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services Chairwoman Jo 
Ann Emerson requested GSA provide a written legal analysis and 
briefing explaining the basis for GSA to sign the lease.
    In the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight of GSA to ensure effective oversight of GSA's 
authority to enter into leases that bind the taxpayer to 
significant sums of money.
    During the 112th Congress, problems with independent 
leasing authorities of agencies outside of GSA were made 
apparent. In 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(SEC), which has its own independent leasing authority, signed 
a sole-source ten-year lease for a state-of-the-art building, 
binding the taxpayer to more than $500 million. Not long after 
signing the lease, SEC determined it did not need the space. 
The Subcommittee conducted an investigation and held hearings 
that revealed serious questions about SEC's management of its 
space and its leasing authority. In prior years, the Committee 
has also found similar mismanagement by other agencies, 
including the NTSB, in which poor decisions on leases resulted 
in taxpayer dollars being wasted. As a result, the Subcommittee 
will continue its oversight of leases outside of GSA.
    3. Real Property Management. The management of federal real 
property has been on the GAO's ``high risk'' list since 2003 
due to a number of mismanagement issues, including the 
overreliance on costly leasing to meet long-term space needs 
and the overabundance of underused or vacant space. In 
addition, with nearly half of GSA's assets over 50 years old, 
GSA has faced challenges maintaining a balanced inventory, 
draining federal resources and costing more to maintain old 
buildings that are often inefficient. At the same time, GSA 
continues to over-rely on expensive new commercial leases that 
very often result in the taxpayer paying for a building several 
times over without any ownership interest. The Office of 
Management and Budget's budget scorekeeping rules are key 
drivers on ``own vs. lease'' asset decision making. Current 
budget scorekeeping rules generally leave GSA with only two 
options for meeting the federal government's general purpose 
space needs: direct appropriations for new construction or 
long-term leases. In addition, with the tight budget 
constraints and the lack of funds for new construction, GSA has 
begun exploring alternative arrangements for space acquisition 
and redevelopment.
    The Subcommittee will continue to conduct investigations 
and oversight of GSA's management of its real property 
portfolio and examine ways to ensure cost-effective choices are 
made. In addition, the Subcommittee will work to ensure GSA 
maximizes the utilization of existing space, renegotiates 
existing leases to reduce costs, and sells under-used or vacant 
properties that will generate revenue. Finally, the 
Subcommittee will work to ensure GSA fully utilizes its 
enhanced property management authority to make better use of 
space it retains, such as out-leasing empty federal space to 
generate income for GSA's Federal Buildings Fund (FBF) and help 
offset costs, but will conduct close oversight of GSA's use of 
these authorities to ensure they are managed and used 
appropriately.
    4. Federal Buildings Fund. Congress established the FBF 
with the intent of making GSA's management of space self-
financed. Federal agencies who are tenants in GSA-owned or 
managed facilities, generally, pay rent to GSA for use of the 
space. Those funds are deposited into the FBF, which then is 
used to reinvest in GSA's assets for repairs and maintenance, 
as well as for construction or purchasing of new property. With 
nearly half of GSA's assets over 50 years old coupled with the 
increase in commercial leasing to fill space needs, serious 
questions have been raised regarding the viability of the FBF 
in the future. Old assets drain the resources of the FBF in 
repair and maintenance costs.
    In addition, the administrative expenses of GSA's Public 
Buildings Service (PBS) are paid out of the FBF. There has been 
little or no transparency in how PBS spends its administrative 
funds. The scandals related to conferences and bonuses and 
GSA's inability to fully respond to Committee questions about 
how it budgets for such activities have revealed the potential 
for significant waste. As a result, the Subcommittee will 
continue to conduct oversight of PBS's administrative costs and 
take steps to ensure greater transparency and accountability.
    5. Capital Investment and Leasing Program. As part of the 
Committee's annual work to review and authorize GSA's requests 
for authority to repair, alter, construct, and lease property 
for use by federal agencies, the Subcommittee will review each 
prospectus presented to the Committee and recommend approval 
only after the Subcommittee is satisfied that the requests are 
cost-effective and in the best interest of the government. The 
Subcommittee will work aggressively with GSA and tenant 
agencies to shrink the space footprint.
    6. Federal Protective Service. As a part of the Homeland 
Security Act of 2002, the Federal Protective Service (FPS) was 
transferred from the Public Buildings Service of GSA to the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS). However, responsibility 
for the protection of federal buildings, generally, remains 
with the GSA. The Subcommittee will continue to monitor and 
review the policies, procedures, and requirements of security 
at public buildings, including a review of the implementation 
of these policies, procedures, and requirements of the FPS.
    7. Major Development Projects. The construction of the DHS 
headquarters is a multibillion-dollar federal construction 
project that, when completed, will relocate much of DHS 
operations in the District of Columbia area into one campus 
located at the historic Saint Elizabeths Hospital site in the 
Southeast quadrant of the District of Columbia. Currently, the 
construction of the Coast Guard headquarters is underway at the 
site. In addition, various DHS components remain in leased 
space until the phased construction is completed. The 
Subcommittee plans to continue close oversight of this major 
project and its associated leases to guard against waste, and 
ensure jobs are maintained and created accordingly throughout 
the project.
    In addition, there are a number of other major construction 
and development projects proposed, underway, or anticipated by 
the GSA, including a proposal for a new FBI headquarters, the 
redevelopment of Federal Triangle South, and the redevelopment 
of the Old Post Office. The Subcommittee plans to conduct close 
review and oversight of these major development projects.
    8. Architect of the Capitol. The Subcommittee will continue 
ongoing oversight of projects being undertaken by the Architect 
of the Capitol, including redevelopment of the Federal Office 
Building 8 as well as other development pursuant to the Master 
Plan for the Capitol Complex. Consistent oversight will ensure 
proper prioritization and cost savings.
    9. Smithsonian Institution Facilities. The Subcommittee 
will continue its oversight of projects undertaken by the 
Smithsonian Institution including the acquisition, 
construction, and use of local and remote museum, research, and 
storage facilities of the Institution. The Subcommittee will 
continue to ensure the cost-effective solutions to the 
Smithsonian's space needs such as leveraging private dollars 
and disposal or effective reuse of underused assets. In 
addition, the Smithsonian is currently in the process of 
constructing the National Museum of African American History 
and Culture. Continued oversight of the construction is 
important to ensure the project stays within budget and on 
schedule.
    10. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a 
part of its ongoing oversight of the Kennedy Center's programs, 
the Subcommittee will regularly review the construction, 
alteration, and modernization activities of the Kennedy Center 
that are conducted using federal funds to ensure appropriate 
management and cost savings.
    11. Economic Development Administration. The Economic 
Development Administration (EDA) was created in 1965 by the 
Public Works and Economic Development Act to leverage federal 
funding to help spur economic growth in areas that are 
experiencing: chronic high unemployment, out-migration, and 
severe economic dislocations due to plant closings and natural 
disasters. Over the years, EDA's programs have generated new, 
permanent jobs with minimal federal investment. For example, 
reviews of EDA's programs have revealed that its programs, on 
average, create jobs at a cost of $4,000 per job. In addition, 
studies have shown that $1 invested by EDA attracts $11 in 
private or other public funding. The leveraging of federal 
dollars ensures that projects funded are viable and include a 
private interest that will ensure the jobs created are long-
lasting. In preparation for EDA's reauthorization, the 
Subcommittee will continue to oversee EDA programs to ensure 
they continue to leverage private dollars and create jobs. The 
Subcommittee will also identify and remove regulatory 
stovepipes that add costs and administrative hurdles to job 
creation.
    12. Appalachian Regional Commission. The Subcommittee will 
closely examine the activities of the Appalachian Regional 
Commission including how it meets the needs of distressed 
counties in Appalachia, how it uses new and innovative ways to 
promote economic development, and its track record of success 
since its last reauthorization to ensure, as with EDA, projects 
funded result in economic growth and job creation.
    13. Other Regional Economic Development Authorities. The 
Subcommittee will closely examine the activities of the other 
established development authorities, which are the Denali 
Commission, Delta Regional Authority, Northern Great Plains 
Regional Authority, Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, 
Southwest Border Regional Commission, and Northern Border 
Regional Commission. The Subcommittee will review these 
commissions and identify ways to streamline these programs and 
reduce any overlap to produce cost savings.
    14. Emergency Management. The Subcommittee intends to 
undertake a review and assessment of the Nation's ability to 
prevent, prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover 
from disasters and emergencies of all types including 
terrorism. In the 113th Congress, continued oversight will be 
needed as states continue to recover from prior disasters, such 
as Hurricane Sandy. In addition, the Subcommittee will continue 
its oversight of the implementation of reforms to the national 
preparedness system by the Federal Emergency Management Agency 
(FEMA) as required under the Post-Katrina Emergency Management 
Reform Act of 2006, as well as its oversight of FEMA's 
development of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

                  Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

    1. MAP-21 Implementation. The Moving Ahead for Progress in 
the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) reauthorized federal surface 
transportation programs for the first time since 2005. Enacted 
in July of 2012, MAP-21 represents an investment in the 
Nation's transportation infrastructure that translates into 
safer travel, more efficient commerce, faster project approval 
and delivery, and the creation of thousands of jobs. A large 
part of the Subcommittee's oversight activities in the 113th 
Congress will focus on implementation of MAP-21, specifically 
in the following areas:
    
 Streamlining Project Delivery. MAP-21 reformed the 
project approval and delivery process for transportation and 
infrastructure projects. Time delays and inefficiencies in 
project delivery not only postpone needed improvements in our 
Nation's transportation infrastructure, but often result in 
increases in the cost of projects. MAP-21 streamlined this 
process by: allowing federal agencies to carry out their 
obligations for a project concurrently with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review for that 
project; instituting a financial penalty to each federal agency 
that misses a deadline as part of the NEPA environmental review 
process; and providing categorical exclusions from the NEPA 
process for repair or reconstruction of an existing facility 
damaged by an emergency, for projects within the right-of-way, 
and for projects that receive limited federal funding. Most 
significantly, MAP-21 requires that all environmental reviews 
for a project be completed within four years. The Subcommittee 
will monitor and evaluate DOT's implementation of these project 
delivery provisions.
    
 Program Consolidation and Elimination. MAP-21 
consolidated or eliminated nearly 70 DOT programs. Many of 
these programs served similar purposes and several of them were 
no longer necessary because the nature of our transportation 
system has changed over time. By consolidating some DOT 
programs and eliminating others, MAP-21 allows DOT to become 
more effective and efficient. The Subcommittee will monitor the 
implementation and effectiveness of program consolidation, as 
well as the organizational and staffing level changes at DOT, 
to ensure the agencies are structured and staffed in a way that 
is consistent with the changes made in MAP-21.
    
 Performance and Accountability. MAP-21 emphasized 
performance management by incorporating performance measures 
into the highway, transit, and highway safety programs. These 
performance measures will provide a more efficient federal 
investment by focusing federal funding on national 
transportation goals, increasing accountability and 
transparency, and improving transportation planning and project 
selection. These changes require state departments of 
transportations, localities, and public transit agencies to 
consider performance objectives in their transportation plans 
and project selection. The Subcommittee will monitor DOT's 
implementation of these performance management requirements, as 
well as the ability of states and public transit agencies to 
accurately collect and utilize relevant performance data.
    
 Efficient Movement of Freight. The United States 
economy relies heavily on the surface transportation network 
for the efficient movement of freight. MAP-21 recognizes the 
importance of freight movement to all aspects of American life 
and incentivizes projects that improve freight movement by 
increasing the federal share for such projects. The 
Subcommittee will conduct oversight of freight-related issues 
and the relevant provisions in MAP-21 to determine whether the 
surface transportation network is adequately accommodating 
current and future freight movement needs.
    
 New Starts. MAP-21 streamlines the project 
development process for the New Starts program by setting time 
limits on environmental reviews and consolidating the steps FTA 
must take in the project approval process. The Subcommittee 
will continue to conduct oversight on FTA's management of the 
New Starts program to ensure that the MAP-21 reforms are 
implemented in a way that expedites the lengthy process of 
moving a new fixed guideway transit project through development 
and into construction. The Subcommittee will also monitor the 
New Starts program to determine whether further reforms are 
warranted.
    
 Transit Safety Oversight. Statistically, rail 
transit is among the safest modes of transportation. However, 
there have been some high-profile rail transit accidents 
resulting in fatalities and injuries around the country in 
recent years. MAP-21 included several provisions related to 
transit safety. Rather than granting FTA broad regulatory 
authority, MAP-21 built on the transit State Safety Oversight 
model that was already established in law and provided a 
dedicated stream of federal funding for the state agencies that 
oversee the safety of rail transit systems. MAP-21 also 
required each recipient of federal transit funding to institute 
a public transportation agency safety plan before it can 
obligate federal funding. The Subcommittee will closely oversee 
FTA's implementation of the transit safety provisions in MAP-21 
to ensure that it is being done in a way that is consistent 
with Congressional intent.
    
 Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program. 
MAP-21 establishes a public transportation emergency relief 
program to fund transit projects that have suffered damage as a 
result of a natural disaster or a catastrophic failure. This 
program may also fund transit operating expenses in areas 
impacted by a disaster or catastrophic failure if the area 
meets certain eligibility criteria. In October 2012, Hurricane 
Sandy caused substantial damage to transit systems in New 
Jersey and New York. However, in October 2012, FTA was still in 
the process of implementing the provisions in MAP-21 
establishing the Public Transportation Emergency Relief 
program. The Subcommittee will oversee the implementation of 
the Public Transportation Emergency Relief program to ensure 
that the program is being established and implemented in 
accordance with congressional intent and to ensure that the 
funding distributed through the program meets the eligibility 
requirements in law. The Subcommittee will also evaluate 
funding expenditures from the Public Transportation Emergency 
Relief program to determine whether projects to mitigate the 
impacts of future disasters should be funded through the 
Emergency Relief program or through other FTA programs.
    2. Sustainability of Surface Transportation Programs. The 
federal highway, highway safety, and public transportation 
programs are user-fee financed through federal excise taxes 
levied on motor fuels and on various highway-related products 
such as tires and heavy trucks. Revenues from these user fees 
are deposited into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and may be used 
only for eligible transportation projects and activities. 
Current projections show that the cash balances in the HTF's 
Highway Account will be depleted sometime in fiscal year 2015, 
while the HTF's Mass Transit Account will be depleted at some 
point late in fiscal year 2014. The Subcommittee will monitor 
the status and solvency of the HTF, and its ability to fully 
fund the programs authorized under MAP-21 and to meet future 
surface transportation investment needs.
    3. Innovative Financing. In order to provide the greatest 
number of project financing options to state departments of 
transportations, Congress has focused on implementing 
innovative financing measures. The Transportation 
Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, 
tolling options, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) are all 
tools that state departments of transportations can use when 
capitalizing surface transportation projects. The Subcommittee 
will continue to evaluate and determine the proper role that 
innovative financing tools and private investment may play in 
financing transportation projects and the factors that should 
be considered in making such determinations. The Subcommittee 
will also assess the extent to which states and localities are 
already using innovative techniques to finance projects and the 
extent to which states and localities have the fiscal and 
technical capacity to take advantage of these innovative 
financing options.
    
 Transportation Infrastructure Finance and 
Innovation Act. MAP-21 amended the TIFIA program in order to 
increase the impact and efficacy of these funds. MAP-21 
increased the eligible federal share of TIFIA projects to 49 
percent, increased the amount of TIFIA funds to $1.75 billion 
over two years, made key reforms to ensure that funds were more 
readily available for projects that qualify for the TIFIA 
program, and eliminated the unofficial political ``super-
qualifications'' that were sometimes imposed on TIFIA 
applications. The Subcommittee will monitor how these changes 
are implemented and determine whether any further amendments 
are necessary to maximize the usefulness of this program, as 
well as DOT's management of the program and oversight of 
projects receiving TIFIA credit assistance.
    
 Tolling. MAP-21 also expanded the ability of 
states to collect toll revenue from facilities on the federal-
aid highway system. Specifically, any project that adds new 
lane capacity to the Interstate System can be tolled. States 
continue to have the ability to toll roads that are not on the 
Interstate System. Toll revenues can be used for debt service 
for the project, operating costs of the toll facility, or, if 
the toll facility is adequately maintained, then the revenue 
can be used for any other highway or transit project for which 
federal funds may be used. The Subcommittee will evaluate how 
DOT is implementing the tolling provisions in MAP-21 and how 
states use this expanded tolling authority and determine 
whether any further changes are warranted.
    
 Innovative Finance Guidance to State and Local 
Governments. MAP-21 requires that DOT develop best practices 
for how state and local governments can work with the private 
sector to develop, finance, construct, and operate surface 
transportation projects in a manner that advances the public 
interest. While the decision to pursue a PPP is a state or 
local decision, MAP-21 requires DOT to provide technical 
assistance to states and local officials who are interested in 
pursuing PPPs for transportation projects. The Subcommittee 
will monitor DOT to ensure that they are providing requisite 
guidance to state and local governments interested in PPPs.
    4. Transportation Planning and Major Construction Projects. 
The Subcommittee will conduct oversight of statewide and 
metropolitan transportation planning, as well as major highway 
and transit construction projects. The Subcommittee will 
analyze the board structure of metropolitan planning 
organizations (MPOs) to determine whether they contain a 
requisite level of technical expertise. Furthermore, the 
Subcommittee will examine the relationship between MPOs and 
state departments of transportations and public transit 
agencies to determine the appropriate level of interaction and 
cooperation between these three entities. As part of the 
Subcommittee's oversight of transportation planning, major 
surface transportation construction projects will also be 
examined to ensure that the planned cost for these projects is 
not being overrun. Many of the Nation's largest transportation 
projects experience significant cost overruns, and the 
Subcommittee will investigate these overruns to determine if 
they are due to changes in the construction market, project 
mismanagement, or other causes.
    5. Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program. FMCSA 
identified limitations in its compliance and enforcement model 
used to measure the safety performance of motor carriers and 
target carriers for enforcement by the agency. On December 13, 
2010, FMCSA launched its new Compliance, Safety, Accountability 
(CSA) Program, which uses existing safety data collected by 
FMCSA and state agencies to better target enforcement 
activities at truck and bus companies that have a history of 
safety violations. FMCSA believes that CSA will allow them to 
``do more with less'' by identifying high-risk companies, 
focusing resources where they are most needed, and improving 
the safety records of those companies. During the 112th 
Congress, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the effectiveness 
of the CSA program and the impacts on truck and bus companies. 
As a result of the hearing, the Subcommittee requested an audit 
of the program by the DOT's Inspector General. The requested 
date for completion of the audit is late 2013, and the 
Subcommittee will continue to monitor developments with the CSA 
program.
    6. Hours of Service. Since 1937, the federal government has 
set limits on the number of hours commercial drivers may be on 
duty and spend behind the wheel in order to promote the safety 
of truck and bus operations. On January 4, 2003, in response to 
a Congressional mandate enacted in 1995, FMCSA published new 
hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for all property-carrying 
interstate motor carrier operators. The HOS rules have been the 
subject of ongoing litigation since 2003. On December 27, 2011, 
FMCSA issued a final rule revising the HOS requirements for 
commercial truck drivers. The new HOS final rule limits a truck 
driver's work week to 70 hours and stipulates that drivers 
cannot drive after working eight hours without first taking a 
break of at least 30 minutes. In addition, the rule requires 
truck drivers to take a ``34-hour restart'' in order to restart 
the clock on their work week. The ``34-hour restart'' provision 
must overlap during two periods between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. 
The new HOS regulations become effective on July 1, 2013. The 
trucking industry has raised concerns that the proposed changes 
are overly complex, potentially reducing productivity. Law 
enforcement personnel have questioned whether the rules will 
require additional training for effective enforcement. The 
Subcommittee will maintain close oversight of the rulemaking 
process to ensure it furthers FMCSA's primary mission of 
safety, while ensuring the efficient movement of freight 
throughout the U.S. economy.
    7. Highway Safety and Traffic Fatalities and Injuries. 
NHTSA reported that highway fatalities fell to 32,367 in 2011, 
marking the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9-percent decrease 
from the previous year. This represents a 26-percent decline in 
traffic fatalities overall since 2005. However, fatalities 
increased in 2011 among large truck occupants (20 percent), 
bicyclists (8.7 percent), pedestrians (3.0 percent), and 
motorcycle riders (2.1 percent). Highway fatalities have high 
societal costs. According to FHWA estimates, the average cost 
of a roadway fatality is $6 million and the average cost of a 
roadway injury is $126,000. The Subcommittee will monitor the 
efforts and effectiveness of programs carried out by NHTSA, 
FMCSA and FHWA to improve highway safety.
    8. Innovative Technologies. The Subcommittee will provide 
oversight on the development and demonstration of new 
transportation technologies that improve efficiency and safety 
on our Nation's highways and transit systems. Research in this 
area will help create jobs by encouraging development of 
sophisticated technologies that many state departments of 
transportations and localities could implement on their roads, 
transit systems, and bridges. Implementation of these 
technologies can improve operational performance of the surface 
transportation network, which allows for the better use of the 
existing capacity on roads and transit systems. DOT is 
currently researching connected vehicle technologies, which are 
designed to increase situational awareness and reduce or 
eliminate crashes through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-
infrastructure data transmission that supports: driver 
advisories, driver warnings, and vehicle and infrastructure 
controls. The Subcommittee will monitor developments in this 
area and ensure that such developments maximize the efficiency 
of the Nation's transportation system and the safety of its 
users to ensure the research carried out under these programs 
achieves the objectives established by Congress, and is being 
conducted and deployed in an effective manner.
    9. Research Structure at the Department of Transportation. 
The Department of Transportation's research, development, and 
technology program is established to foster innovations leading 
to effective, integrated, and intermodal transportation 
solutions. MAP-21 established the following objectives for DOT 
research activities: improving highway safety, improving 
infrastructure integrity, strengthening transportation planning 
and environmental decision-making, reducing congestion, 
improving highway operation, enhancing freight productivity, 
and exploratory advanced research. The Research and Innovative 
Technology Administration (RITA) oversees the Intelligent 
Transportation Systems (ITS) program. RITA's Joint Program 
Office has Department-wide authority in coordinating the ITS 
program and initiatives among FHWA, FMCSA, FTA, and NHTSA, as 
well as the Federal Railroad Administration, and the Maritime 
Administration. Research activities at DOT are scattered among 
many different agencies and offices. Concerns have been raised 
in regards to how this structure affects the overall research 
effectiveness of the Department. The Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight activities to determine the appropriate way to 
administer the Department's research programs.

     Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

    1. DOT Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 Budgets. The Subcommittee 
will review and evaluate the fiscal year 2014 and fiscal year 
2015 budget proposals for FRA, Amtrak, the Surface 
Transportation Board, the Railroad Retirement Board, the 
National Mediation Board, and the Pipelines and Hazardous 
Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
    2. Reauthorization of the Federal Railroad Administration's 
Safety Program. The FRA's rail safety program was last 
authorized in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), 
which expires at the end of fiscal year 2013. In preparation 
for reauthorizing the FRA safety programs, the Subcommittee 
will conduct oversight on FRA's enforcement and rulemaking 
activities since the last authorization in RSIA, as well as the 
various safety laws that govern railroad operations.
    3. Reauthorization of the Federal Railroad Administration's 
Rail Infrastructure Programs. The FRA also administers several 
rail infrastructure programs, including the Railroad 
Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan program, 
the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, and 
the Rail Line Relocation and Improvement Capital Grant (RLR) 
program. RRIF is a direct and guaranteed loan program for rail 
and rail-intermodal infrastructure projects with $35 billion in 
loan authority. The HSIPR program is a consolidation of two 
capital grant programs authorized in the Passenger Rail 
Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA)--the intercity 
passenger rail service grants to states, and the high-speed 
rail corridor development grants. These programs were 
appropriated a total of $10.1 billion and 99 percent of the 
funds have been obligated as of December 2012. The RLR program 
is a state grant program to aid in the mitigation of adverse 
effects caused by the presence of rail infrastructure. A total 
of $90 million has been appropriated to the program and all 
funding has been awarded. The Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight of these rail infrastructure programs, with a view 
toward reauthorization.
    4. Reauthorization of Amtrak. The Amtrak Reform and 
Accountability Act of 1997 fundamentally altered the statutory 
status of Amtrak, a corporation, by freeing Amtrak from a 
variety of detailed statutory restrictions governing the 
company's route system, capital structure, labor relations, and 
corporate governance. In 2008, PRIIA established more reforms 
and operational improvements along with authorizing 
appropriations for Amtrak capital grants, operating grants, and 
the Amtrak Inspector General. The Subcommittee will examine 
various aspects of Amtrak's performance with a view to 
reauthorization.
    5. Pipeline Safety Programs. The Pipeline Safety, 
Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 reauthorized 
federal pipeline safety programs through fiscal year 2015. It 
provides for enhanced safety and reliability in pipeline 
transportation and ensures regulatory certainty, which will 
help create a positive environment for job development. The 
legislation was enacted on January 3, 2012. The Subcommittee 
will conduct oversight of the Office of Pipeline Safety at 
PHMSA regarding implementation of the Act.
    6. Hazardous Materials Safety Programs. The Moving Ahead 
for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) reauthorized 
PHMSA's hazardous materials safety programs. MAP-21 secured 
regulatory reforms, enhanced hazardous materials safety and 
enforcement, improved training, data collection, and research. 
As PHMSA's Office of Hazardous Materials Safety continues 
implementation of MAP-21, the Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight on that progress.

            Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

    1. Clean Water Act and Water Infrastructure Programs. The 
Subcommittee will conduct oversight of wastewater treatment and 
water pollution control funding issues, including levels and 
sources of funding and management of grant and loan programs; 
wastewater security; and infrastructure needs. Oversight also 
will include a review of the effectiveness of watershed, 
market, and performance-based approaches to addressing local 
water pollution concerns; issues involving the development and 
implementation of total maximum daily loads, water quality 
standards, effluent limitations, and permitting; nutrients 
policies under the Clean Water Act; data quality issues; and 
continued efforts to improve the management of combined and 
sanitary sewer overflows, stormwater, and nonpoint source 
pollution. Additionally, the Subcommittee's oversight will 
include a review of the Environmental Protection Agency's 
implementation of integrated approaches to municipal stormwater 
and wastewater management through EPA's integrated planning 
approach framework. The Subcommittee will investigate whether 
non-regulatory approaches, such as market-based approaches and 
other innovative approaches undertaken by state and local 
governments, may result in improvements to the environment. The 
Subcommittee may review the implications of addressing certain 
pollutant discharges, including discharges of pesticides, 
ballast water, incidental discharges from vessels, stormwater, 
and water transfers, through traditional Clean Water Act 
permitting requirements.
    Continued improvement of water quality will likely require 
a combination of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches, as 
well as continued investment in water infrastructure programs. 
The Subcommittee will pursue and examine finding innovative 
ways to finance new and replacement of old water infrastructure 
projects; providing states, counties, and towns with additional 
tools and flexibility to address local environmental 
challenges; and demanding increased efficiency from federal 
expenditures.
    2. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Program. The 
Subcommittee will review efforts to improve the efficiency and 
effectiveness of the organization and the management and 
mission of the civil works program of the Army Corps of 
Engineers (Corps), including the selection, planning, and 
implementation of water resources projects; financing of harbor 
and inland waterways infrastructure, and utilization of large, 
medium, and small harbors; the backlog of uninitiated Corps 
construction projects, including prioritization of projects; 
asset management of projects in its operation and maintenance 
account, including existing and future levels of service; and 
efforts to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and 
consistent implementation of the agency's regulatory programs, 
including those pertaining to wetlands (including the scope and 
procedural and substantive requirements of the permitting 
programs) and dredging activities. The Subcommittee will review 
the Corps' implementation of provisions of the Water Resources 
Development Act of 2007, including those that were intended to 
streamline the project planning process.
    Continued investments in our Nation's infrastructure will 
create jobs and support a healthy economy. The Subcommittee 
will focus on getting projects for the Nation built more 
efficiently and cost effectively, thereby more quickly 
delivering project benefits to the public, while ensuring 
compliance with existing planning and environmental laws.
    3. EPA--Superfund/Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act and Brownfields. The 
Subcommittee will review efforts to improve the efficiency and 
effectiveness of the contaminated site cleanup process and the 
process of assessing natural resources damages; review the 
liability, financing, and settlement mechanisms and procedures 
under the current Superfund program, including implementation 
of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields 
Revitalization Act; review the role of the states in conducting 
and financing cleanups; review the relationships among the 
states, EPA, and other federal entities in implementing the 
Superfund/Brownfields program; and review ongoing federal, 
state, and local efforts to revitalize brownfields, including 
implementation of the expired Small Business Liability Relief 
and Brownfields Revitalization Act.
    Brownfields and Superfund sites drive down property values 
and tax revenues and are a major blight on many of our cities 
and towns. The Subcommittee will work to promote state, local, 
and private efforts to clean up and redevelop Superfund and 
brownfields sites.
    4. Tennessee Valley Authority. The Subcommittee will review 
the management of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and its 
programs, including its energy program and operations in the 
current marketplace and the impact of TVA debt on its long-term 
goals. Until mid-2006, the Tennessee Valley Authority had made 
significant payments on its long-term debt in an attempt to 
reduce its total financing obligations. Since 2006, however, 
TVA's debt has begun to steadily climb to levels that may place 
the taxpayer at risk. TVA's debt is statutorily capped at $30 
billion and at the end of fiscal year 2012 carried just over 
$25 billion in total debt. The Subcommittee will initiate a 
review of TVA's commitment to long-term financial 
sustainability to lessen the risk posed to bondholders, 
ratepayers, and the taxpayer.

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