May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019

Top News

  • $19.1 billion in nationwide disaster aid stalls after single House Republican objects. Washington Post
  • Theresa May to Step Down as U.K. Prime Minister. Wall Street Journal
  • Trump approves sending more forces to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran. Washington Post
  • House Democratic Caucus Isn’t on Path to Impeachment, Pelosi Says. Wall Street Journal
  • Trump gives Barr power to declassify intelligence related to Russia probe. Washington Post
  • Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues. New York Times
  • Senate Republicans permanently ban earmarks. Politico
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy, Natural Resources, & Agriculture

  • States aren’t waiting for the Trump administration on environmental protections. Washington Post
  • White House Announces $16 Billion In Aid To Farmers Hurt By China Trade Dispute. NPR
  • Floods Swamp U.S. Farm Belt. Wall Street Journal

Indian Affairs

  • In Tribe v. State Cases, Supreme Court Shifts Support to Native Americans. Governing
  • Oregon Tribes Are Alarmed by Senators’ Plan to Remove the Tax Deduction for Gambling Losses. Willamette Week
  • State Attorney General announces free, prior and informed consent policy with Washington tribes. Indian Country Today
  • High Court Upholds Crow Tribe’s Hunting Rights. Wall Street Journal


  • NLRB Moves Quietly to Reverse Pro-Worker Arbitration Rule. Bloomberg Law
  • ‘Corporate Preemption’ Is Making It Harder for Cities to Protect Workers. CityLab
  • Uber’s IPO fallout underscores the need for a new labor model. Brookings Institution

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • Why a Tax the U.S. Hasn’t Embraced Has Found Favor in Much of the World. New York Times
  • House Passes Bill Making Big Changes to U.S. Retirement System. Wall Street Journal
  • U.S., China exchange barbs over Huawei as trade tensions flare. Reuters
  • White House, Democrats in Talks to End Holdup on USMCA Approval. Bloomberg


  • ITF 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Transportation talks regulations on futuristic transport technology. FreightWaves
  • SAE International to form microbility data standards consortium. SmartCitiesDive
  • Self-driving trucks begin mail delivery test for U.S. Postal Service. Reuters
  • Sen. Wicker: Commerce Committee’s Agenda to Include Autonomous Vehicle Policy. Transport Topics
  • U.S. Tech Suppliers, Including Google, Restrict Dealings With Huawei After Trump Order. Wall Street Journal

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure Talks Between Trump and Democrats Crumble. RouteFifty
  • House Funding Leaders Easily Advance Fiscal 2020 Transportation Bill. Transport Topics
  • FRA withdraws proposed train-crew staffing rule. Progressive Railroading
  • Oregon lawmaker introduces bill to raise gas tax, eventually linking it to inflation. The Trucker
  • California sues Trump administration for canceling high-speed rail funds. Progressive  Railroading
  • Legislation Would Restore the Tax Break for Bonds Used to Refinance State and Local Debt. Route Fifty
  • Has Seattle Found the Solution to Driving Alone to Work? Politico
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