By STEPHANIE BEASLEY 07/20/2018 Politico
OMG ANOTHER INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK: Just when you thought infrastructure policy was dead, hold your horses — Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) plans to put out a discussion draft of an infrastructure plan next week. He hopes the draft, which will contain pay-fors but no specific numbers, will get “some people fired up,” Tanya reports. But heading into a long August recess and then the midterms — with infrastructure far from most people’s minds — it’s still an uphill battle for Shuster to bag the legacy achievement he’s working toward before departing Congress for good at the end of the year.
You and me both: Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Tom Carper (D-Del.) told reporters he thought there was still time this year for the Senate to pass an infrastructure bill if one came over from the House. But is there interest? Carper speculated that EPW Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) wants to take up water infrastructure legislation, but “beyond that, I’m not sure.” He said Democrats are interested, “but unfortunately, we’re not running the show.”
TWO WEEKS AND YOU RAN AWAY: It’s unlikely that the Senate will consider its FAA reauthorization bill on the floor next week, Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) told reporters Thursday. “My guess is it would probably not happen until the week after,” he said. The Senate will be on recess the following week.