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NECA Legislative Top Three: 3/2/18

Mar 01, 2018

1. With the recent creation of the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans, both House and Senate leadership have announced their choices for Members to serve on this committee. Some of the appointments to this panel, consisting of 16 members in total (8 from each chamber, divided equally from each party) have been longtime players in this area, while others are very much considered newcomers. The Select Committee is required to meet together prior to March 11, and there is a great deal of speculation surrounding which topics the committee will discuss.

NECA’s Look Ahead:

As we continue to advocate for the creation of composite plans and furthering the GROW Act (HR. 4997), NECA is pleased to announce the relaunching of NECA's pension reform action center. This page will continuously be updated with the latest in whitepapers, briefing documents, and news regarding the progress of our composite plan design. You can also write your Members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor the NECA-supported GROW Act. Please note, a more in-depth description of the select committee process and our outlook will be provided on the pension reform page.

2. With the passage of the NECA-supported Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the House and Senate created a Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, which is charged with advancing reforms to the budget and appropriations process.

NECA's Look Ahead:

Speaker Ryan selected the following members to serve on the committee:

  • Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, will serve as Republican co-chair of the joint select committee
  •  Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee
  • Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA), House Budget Committee
  • Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), House Budget Committee
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi selected:
  • Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee
  • Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
  • Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
Senate Republican Leader McConnell selected:
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
  • Sen. David Perdue (R-GA)
  • Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
  • Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer selected:
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)
  • Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
NECA looks forward to working with the members of the new special committee on fixing the broken budget process.

3. On February 27, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) officially announced he is withdrawing his FAA bill, which included the privatization of Air Traffic Control. The Shuster proposal was opposed by the Senate.

NECA’s Look Ahead:

It is expected that the House and Senate will pass another short-term FAA reauthorization that would last until late June or early July. This would give both Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Senator John Thune (R-SD) time to negotiate a longer term FAA authorization bill that can achieve a majority in the House and sixty votes in the Senate.