August 2, 2019

August 2, 2019

Top News

  • Trump signs two-year budget deal. The Hill
  • The Second Democratic Debate In 5 Charts. FiveThirtyEight
  • Texas Rep. Will Hurd announces retirement. Roll Call
  • Trump: Rep. Ratcliffe out of the running to be national intelligence director. Politico
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy, Natural Resources, & Agriculture

  • How Climate Change Could Trigger the Next Global Financial Crisis. The Atlantic
  • EPA to Close a Las Vegas Office, Reassign Employees. Government Executive
  • Trump’s pick for managing federal lands doesn’t believe the government should have any. Washington Post
  • Canadian cities take wooden skyscrapers to new heights. The Guardian

Indian Affairs


  • As multiemployer pension funds run out of money, potential lifeline awaits Senate action. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • July Jobs Report: U.S. Added 164,000 Jobs; Unemployment Unchanged. New York Times
  • The War Over Wages. Governing

Taxation & Trade

  • Freight, Agriculture Stakeholders Express Support for USMCA Trade Deal. Transport Topics
  • Trump threatens 10% tariffs on China; stocks plunge. Associated Press
  • Grassley says gas tax hike ‘off the table.’ E&E News
  • Fed Cuts Rates by a Quarter Point in Precautionary Move. Wall Street Journal


  • Bipartisan Transportation Bill Includes Up to $1B for Electric Vehicle Charging. Green Tech Media
  • Verizon’s CEO thinks half of the US will have access to 5G next year. The Verge
  • The Role States Are Playing in Expanding Broadband Access. Route Fifty
  • Congress looks to rev up discussion around self-driving car legislation. The Hill
  • Getting under the hood of Amazon’s auto ambitions. Reuters

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Senate Panel Advances 5-Year Transportation Bill. Transport Topics
  • For Pedestrian and Biking Projects, Some Progress in Latest Highway Bill. Route Fifty
  • Without Help From Washington, Governors Chart Own Path on Infrastructure. Governing
  • Batory: PTC is 90 percent installed, but ‘significant work’ remains. Progressive Railroading
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