The Weekly Trek: December 18, 2015

The Weekly Trek: December 18, 2015

Weekly Trek

December 18, 2015

Top Political News

  • Congress passes budget deal and heads home for the year. Washington Post
  • Fed raises key interest rate for first time in almost a decade. New York Times
  • White House: Obama will give a ‘nontraditional’ State of the Union. The Hill
  • Paul Ryan notches a big victory, but the true test may come next year. Washington Post
  • Winners and losers in the omnibus spending bill. Government Executive
  • The winners and losers of the GOP Vegas debate. Washington Post


  • Canadian Pacific sweetens offer to buy Norfolk Southern railroad with variable payment. US News
  • A new terminal could more than double the number of oil trains traveling through the Columbia River Gorge. Willamette Week
  • Omnibus bill drops longer-truck proposal. Progressive Railroading
  • FAA begins drone registry Dec. 21. USA Today
  • Oregon Leadership Summit: Path to transportation package still unclear. Oregonian
  • Bypass skirmish continues. Newberg Graphic
  • Leadership Summit: Electric vehicles hold billion-dollar savings potential for Oregon. Portland Biz Journal
  • Did the Administration tip its hand on Open Skies? Travel Pulse

Energy & Natural Resources

  • EPA avoids cuts, most riders in omnibus bill. BNA
  • Deal leaves winners cheering, losers licking wounds. E&E Publishing
  • Climate policy intact though agency funding stays flat. E&E Publishing
  • World leaders agree to historic climate accord. The Hill
  • More legal battles likely after mercury rule survives attack. E&E Publishing
  • Nestle’s water torture. The Register-Guard
  • Confronting climate change, rethinking the city. Thriving Cities


  • Congress to delay ACA’s ‘Cadillac’ tax on pricey health plans until 2020. Washington Post
  • Reid seeks parting gift for unions in sweeping tax deal. The Hill
  • Employers applaud “Cadillac” tax delay but still seek repeal. ABC News

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • House approves $622B tax plan. The Hill
  • Where are we going with the EB5 program and investor immigration to the United States? Forbes
  • Congress includes $572.7B for DoD in spending bill. Defense News

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