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Cities Hope Congress Won’t Sidetrack China Rail Car Deals

Cash-strapped U.S. transit agencies hope congressional action against China’s rapid expansion into rail car manufacturing won’t derail their attempts to buy needed new equipment cheaply.

Trump-Backed Coast Guard Icebreaker Runs Aground in House Bill

The future of the U.S. Coast Guard’s mission in the Arctic could be in jeopardy, as a draft House spending measure approved today wouldn’t fund a new polar icebreaker that had received backing from President Donald Trump.

Midterms in the Age of Disruption

Everything you thought you knew about politics may be wrong. Turns out more Republicans approve of President Trump’s job performance today than Democrats approved of President Obama at the same time in 2010 (Gallup).  It’s historically safer to be a Democratic Senator running in a state Trump won by more than 10 than a Republican running for an open seat Trump won by less than 10.

Democrats Prepping Own Higher Education Bill as GOP Stumbles

A group of House Democrats is gearing up to release a higher education reauthorization bill as the Republicans’ attempt to update the law heads back to the drawing board after failing to win enough support in the GOP conference.

FAA Bill Authors Want Clean Tax Title Without GOP Tax Law Fixes

The Senate aviation bill’s authors want to prevent its tax title—long-seen as an opportunity to pass fixes to Republican tax breaks—from sinking the bill, they told Bloomberg Government.

More than 100 amendments have been proposed for the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (S. 1405) as of Tuesday, according to Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.). Many FAA programs up for renewal would be funded by the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is paid for through taxes on items like airfare and jet fuel.

Government Reshuffle Plan Still Lacking in Details, Senators Say

Senators demanded more details about President Donald Trump’s plan to revamp the federal government as an administration official said the White House was looking into carrying out about a third of the recommendations without congressional approval.

“The proposals are at varying degrees of specificity,” said Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The administration’s plan contains about 32 proposals, of which 10 to 12 are under review this summer to determine whether they may be able to be done in whole or in part without legislation, Weichert said.

Democrats Tops in Cash Among Midterm Election House Challengers

Democrats dominate the best-funded House candidates seeking to unseat incumbents in November.

All 25 challengers with the most campaign cash-on-hand are Democrats, as are all but three of the 46 with at least $500,000 in their accounts, according to a Bloomberg Government review of reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Senate Aviation, Self-Driving Car Bills Eyed for Votes Next Week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is ready to give an aviation authorization bill floor time, possibly next week, just as soon as its authors complete a deal to limit the almost 100 amendments members have floated, Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune said.

Formerly ‘Unacceptable’ Trump’s With Roby in Alabama Runoff

How much is a presidential endorsement tweet worth? Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is about to find out.

Less than two years after castigating candidate Donald Trump as an “unacceptable” Republican nominee for president, Roby now has Trump’s backing as she tries to keep her seat in Tuesday’s Republican runoff against ex-Rep. Bobby Bright.

House Passes Bill Giving White House More Regulatory Oversight

A bill that would expand the administration’s oversight authority to rules issued by most independent regulatory agencies won House passage July 13 by a 230-168 vote.