November 25, 2015
2016 APA Winter Conference Feb. 23-25, see a sneak peak here.
October 20, 2015
House T&I Committee introduces surface transportation reauthorization & reform legislation, read more.
September 1, 2015
Tianjin, China explosions create uncertain shipping delays, read more here.
August 6, 2015
Senate confirms new PHMSA Administrator, Marie Dominguez.
June 29, 2015
FMCSA grants APA HOS waiver request, see notice.
June 26, 2015
CPSC announces drop in fireworks related injuries, read more.
June 5, 2015
APA supported legislation to safeguard seaports from disruptions introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner (CO)
June 3, 2015
President Obama nominates next PHMSA Administrator.
May 22, 2015
Remember to Celebrate Safely this holiday weekend as we remember our U.S. heros.
May 12, 2015
June 1 deadline for GHS Labeling & SDSs requirements, members click here for guidance
April 23, 2015
PHMSA reminds Hazmat shippers & carriers of emergency response responsibilities, see notice.
April 8, 2015
FMCSA issues Final Rule on Civil Penalties, read more.
April 1, 2015
PHMSA to clarify policy on additional name item fireworks Approvals, read more here.
March 24, 2015
Prepare for the season with APA Safe-T First, members click here.
February 25, 2015
Delays may continue despite West Coast Port labor resolution, read more
February 13, 2015
West Coast Port delays escalate, APA members click here for guidance.
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.