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Highlights & News

November 2
Howard "Skip" Elliott sworn in as PHMSA Administrator, read more

September 8
President Trump nominates Howard Elliott to serve as PHMSA Administrator, learn more

June 29, 2017
APA applauds legalization of Consumer fireworks in NJ, see more

June 28, 2017
Must see July 4th Fireworks Displays, read more

June 21, 2017
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th, click here.

June 5, 2017
FMCSA withdraws motor carrier financial responsibility rulemaking, notice here.

April 19, 2017
APA files comments on TRALA ELD rental truck exemption application. 

March 23, 2017
FMCSA Withdraws Safety Fitness Determination Proposal, see notice here.

March 1, 2017
David Tang, K&L Gates, Asia, BBC interview on investment flows into and out of China.

February 22, 2017
Ann Marie Buerkle named Acting Chairman of the CPSC, read more.

February 2, 2017
CPSC issues Fireworks Regulations Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

January 31, 2017
Elaine Chao sworn in as Secretary of Transportation, read more.

December 19, 2016
OSHA issues final rule clarifying work-related injury reporting requirements. Click here to view.

December 16, 2016
APA looks forward to working with newly named PHMSA Associate Administrator for HazMat Safety William Schoonover.

December 8,
2016
FMCSA issues final rule on entry-level driver training.

December 5, 2016

FMCSA issues final rule creating a CDL drug & alcohol clearinghouse.

November 23, 2016
Business group praises court decision to block overtime wage rule.

September 6, 2016
CPSC releases proposed policy on audible effects

June 30, 2016
Click here to see APA's 2016 "must see" fireworks displays for July 4th.

June 27, 2016
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th. 


Highlights & News

Federal Government Resumes Operations

On October 17, 2013, the House & Senate passed, and the President signed, HR 2775, the compromise package developed by the Senate leadership to extend the debt ceiling and fund the Federal government.  As of yesterday morning, the federal government shutdown has ended and the nation narrowly averted hitting the debt ceiling. 

HR 2775 does several things: (1) includes a three month continuing resolution (CR) funding the federal government at FY2013 levels through January 15, 2014; (2) extends the debt limit through February 7, 2014; (3) makes a few technical adjustments to FY2014 spending; and (4) includes a provision that requires the Department of Health & Human Services to verify incomes for Affordable Care Act subsidies.

While HR 2775 does get the government back up and running, and avoids a debt crisis at this time, it essentially sets the country up for the same routine in early 2014.  The CR is set to expire a few weeks before we once again hit the debt ceiling.  While the House & Senate have agreed to go to conference on FY2014 spending bills, which is certainly a positive step, the solutions in this latest bill are temporary and Congress could very well find itself having this same fight in a few short months, leading to yet another government shutdown.

While we are pleased that the federal government has resumed operations, we can anticipate some delays as the various federal Agencies get back to business.  We have encountered database operations at several government agencies to be slow and / or nonresponsive.  And with regard to EX Approvals, a key concern for the fireworks industry, per PHMSA, “ it will take a considerable amount of time to overcome being shutdown for 16 days”.  Accordingly, we can expect to see delays and a possible backlog in processing approval applications over the next month. 

 
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