11a. Memo

Federal Legislative Agenda 2023

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                          Item No.   11a 
BRIEFING ITEM                                 Date of Meeting   January 10, 2023 

DATE:      December 20, 2022 
TO:         Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:     Eric Schinfeld, Sr. Manager, Federal and International Government Relations 
SUBJECT:   Federal Legislative Agenda for 2023 
Since last January, Port of Seattle government relations staff have worked with Commissioners, executive
team members, and internal subject-matter experts to execute the Port’s Commission-approved 2022 
federal policy priorities. In partnership with our Congressional delegation and other public and private
sector collaborators, the Port has been able to make substantial progress at the federal level in ways that
tangibly benefit the Port, the region, and the users of our aviation and maritime facilities. 
In particular, the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and ongoing implementation of the
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) have brought key resources and policies to bear that support
both the development of Port infrastructure and the advancement of the Port’s sustainability priorities.
We are grateful for the leadership and partnership of the Biden-Harris Administration and the Washington
Congressional delegation on these efforts. 
The Port’s draft 2023 federal agenda represents a mix of ongoing work; efforts to implement 2022 
successes; and new items that reflect emerging opportunities. All of our federal work falls within four
categories of policy goals: 
• Infrastructure and Transportation 
• Decarbonization and Sustainability 
• Community and Equity 
• Trade, Economic Development and Workforce 
The Port’s proposed federal agenda is lengthy – with approximately 50 different priorities. Staff believes
that the full list is achievable; however, as a way to communicate some level of prioritization, our top
eight federal priorities can be summarized as follows: 
1)  Attract federal funding for our infrastructure and decarbonization efforts and other relevant
2)  Support the transition to non-PFAS airfield firefighting foams 
3)  Secure sufficient federal staffing of our aviation and maritime facilities 
4)  Strengthen federal partnerships that support our sustainable aviation fuels and maritime
decarbonization goals, particularly related to our green corridor efforts 
5)  Address permitting issues and backlogs that impede our ability to upgrade our facilities and do
environmental mitigation work 
6)  Secure federal funding and partnerships to support Southern Resident Killer Whale restoration,
including underwater noise efforts 
7)  Secure federal funding and partnerships to address aircraft noise and emissions issues 
8)  Strengthen federal partnerships to address our equity priorities, including immigration reform 
and combatting human trafficking 

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Following Commission feedback on this draft legislative agenda, staff will revise and bring a final proposed
agenda for full Commission approval. Staff will then begin engaging local and national partners to pursue
the successful passage and implementation of these priorities. 
1)  Infrastructure & Transportation 
• Sufficient Infrastructure and Transportation Funding 
a.   Pursue Grant Funding: Work closely with federal partners to successfully apply for grant
funding from the IIJA, as well as ongoing federal funding programs like RAISE, INFRA and
PIDP; support local partner grants that are aligned with Port goals and interests. 
b.   Maximize Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT): Support full appropriations for the “donor
port” HMT rebate program authorized under Section 2106 of the 2014 Water Resources
Reform and Development Act to compensate for the current structure and impacts of the
HMT; secure implementation of the HMT reform provisions that were included the Water
Resources Development Act of 2020.
c.   Increase Passenger Facility Charge Flexibility: Continue efforts to raise the federal cap on
the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) from $4.50 while maintaining the Port Commission’s
ability to determine whether or not to change the user fee based on locally determined
needs and competitive dynamics. 
d.   Move Forward on Army Corps Projects: Support design of the West Waterway portion of
the Seattle Harbor Navigation Improvement Project, which will deepen the federal
channels serving Terminal 5; also support funding for design and construction of the
Tacoma Harbor Navigation Improvement Project to accommodate ultra-large container
ships at key Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) cargo facilities. 
e.   Fully Fund the Locks: Support funding for continued federal operation and maintenance
of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, as well as additional funding for priority, non-routine
f.   Build Toward Domestic Content for Port Capital Projects: Support flexibility in Buy
America and other domestic preference requirements to provide time for US
manufacturers to achieve the scale needed to meet new demand for port equipment,
including zero-emissions equipment, and to make their production lines compliant with
federal requirements. 
g.   Support Transit & High-Speed Rail: Support funding for sustainable transportation
options, including transit infrastructure and operations, that can increase the availability
and attractiveness of low-carbon travel options for Port passengers and employees. In
particular, work with regional and statewide stakeholders to effectively compete for highspeed
rail funding contained in the IIJA. 
h.   Support EV Infrastructure: Work closely with federal partners to successfully apply for
electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure funding in the IIJA that may be available for the Port’s
aviation and maritime properties in order to incentivize the transition to greener forms
of surface transportation. In addition, support funding for EV infrastructure located
outside Port boundaries but proximate to Port aviation and maritime facilities. 
• Efficient and Safe Port Operations 
a.   Expedite the Federal Transition from PFAS: Engage with Congress and the Administration
to speed the transition to non-fluorinated airfield fire-fighting foams. Advocate for federal
support to help airports with the transition to these new foams, including the costs of
replacing or cleaning current equipment. 
Template revised September 22, 2016.

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b.   Maximize TSA & CBP Staffing: Continue to partner with U.S. Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) leadership for sufficient
staffing to ensure efficient, safe, and healthy processing of passengers and cargo. Increase 
overall funding for TSA and CBP officers serving our aviation and maritime gateways. 
c.   Limit Federal Requests for Port Funding: Pursue efforts to ensure the federal government
resumes full responsibility for funding CBP services, equipment, and facility development. 
d.   Support Terminal 46 Planning: Appropriately engage with key federal agencies in support
of NWSA efforts to plan for future uses of Terminal 46. 
e.   Maximize Passenger and Airfield Innovations & Efficiencies: Support TSA efforts to
expand PreCheck, as well as additional technology solutions that maximize security and
efficiency. Encourage expedited deployment of the Federal Aviation Administration’s
(FAA) Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) airfield congestion management program at
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in order to improve flow and efficiency on the
airfield, reducing both delays and fuel-related emissions. 
f.   Maintain TSA LEO Reimbursements: Preserve TSA funding for Law Enforcement Officer
(LEO) reimbursement grants. 
g.   Improve  UAS  Integration  and  Detection:  Support  federal  efforts  to  improve  the
integration, detection, identification, and mitigation of drones in and around airports.
Specifically,  increase  funding  for  unmanned  aircraft  systems  (UAS)  detection  and
mitigation, as well as extend UAS interdiction authority to trained state and local law
enforcement agencies. 
h.   Support  UAM/AAM  Integration:  Encourage  a  consistent  and  predictable  federal
approach to urban air mobility (UAM) and advanced air mobility (AAM) deployment that
creates widely agreed upon operating standards and appropriate integration into the
National Airspace System. 
i.   Support the Jones Act: Promote the Jones Act’s crucial role in providing the institutional
framework that helps keep the U.S. domestic maritime industry viable. Maintain limited
flexibility to grant waivers from Jones Act regulations in extraordinary cases when
domestic shipping capacity is insufficient to respond to a given need and when Puget
Sound domestic maritime stakeholders validate that a waiver is necessary to support the
vitality of their industry. 
2)  Decarbonization & Sustainability 
• Expanded Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Deployment 
a.   Pursue Grant Funding: Work closely with federal partners to successfully apply for grant
funding from the IRA’s Alternative Fuel and Low-Emission Aviation Technology Program 
and other relevant programs; support local partner grants that are aligned with Port goals
and interests. 
b.   Increase Airport Revenue Flexibility: Ensure clarity and authority for airports to use
airport revenue and federal grant funding to support fuel switching, including support for
the air quality and carbon reduction benefits of SAF. 
c.   Fully Fund Federal SAF Investments: Support federal funding for research on SAF, as well
as for feedstock processing and fuel production facilities, from agencies including the U.S.
Departments of Defense (DoD), Agriculture, Energy and Transportation. 
d.   Implement DoD SAF Pilot: Advocate for Joint Base Lewis-McChord to be selected for the 
SAF pilot included in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, as a means to further
develop a regional SAF ecosystem. 

Template revised September 22, 2016.

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• Maritime Decarbonization 
a.   Pursue Grant Funding: Work closely with federal partners to successfully apply for
funding for maritime decarbonization provisions of the IIJA and IRA, as well as existing
federal grants like PIDP; in addition, support NWSA efforts to apply for these funds, as
well as any other local partner grants that are aligned with Port goals and interests – 
including Alaska cruise port efforts to apply for green corridor-related infrastructure. 
b.   Develop Green Corridor Partnerships: Partner with the federal government to facilitate
the sharing of best practices and other programmatic efforts to support implementation
of the Washington-Alaska-British Columbia Green Cruise Corridor and the Busan-NWSA
Green Shipping Corridor. 
c.   Shape International Maritime Policy: Engage with key federal stakeholders to
effectively advocate for progress on maritime decarbonization policies for both cruise
and shipping at the International Maritime Organization and other international
d.   Promote Hydrogen and Clean Marine Fuel Infrastructure: Work with partners to attract
federal funding for clean hydrogen projects, such as the Regional Hydrogen Hub
program. Advocate for new federal funding for infrastructure to support the use of
hydrogen and low-carbon, sustainable maritime fuels at ports. 
e.   Fully Fund DERA: Support authorization and full funding for the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, which
provides funding for emissions reduction programs. 
f.   Support Offshore Wind Development: Support key pieces of legislation that advance
the offshore wind industry, particularly in ways that create opportunities for the Pacific
Northwest to become a leader in manufacturing, assembly, deployment, and
maintenance. Partner with local stakeholders to pursue federal funding contained
within the IIJA for offshore wind. 
g.   Attract a United States Center for Maritime Innovation: Support Congressional efforts
to secure the location of a new MARAD Center for Maritime Innovation to support the
study, research, development, assessment, and deployment of emerging marine
technologies and practices related to the maritime transportation system. 
• Puget Sound Restoration 
a.   Invest in SRKW Support: Advocate for increased federal resources for Puget Sound and
Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) restoration, including funding to support habitat
restoration, to sustain Chinook salmon populations and other species critical to SRKW
recovery, to help clean up legacy sources of contaminants that affect SRKW, to better
understand and reduce impacts of vessel- and marine construction-related underwater
noise, and to manage stormwater runoff.  Support appropriations for the Puget Sound
Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project, the National Estuary Program, the Puget Sound
Geographic Program, and the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund.
b.   Pursue Grant Funding: Work closely with local and federal partners to successfully apply
for funding for SKRW restoration; in particular, pursue newly created Coast Guard funding
to assist ports in reducing impacts of vessel traffic and port operations on marine
c.   Fully Staff Federal Environmental Permitting: Support increased regulatory staff funding
for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce permit and mitigation
bank approval backlogs. 
d.   Expedite Federal Environmental Permitting: Support reforms to federal regulatory
processes to speed the approval and creation of NWSA and home port habitat sites. 
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e.   Engage Federal Agencies in SRKW Support: Support federal agency involvement in the
SRKW recovery effort and underwater noise reduction, including the by the Coast Guard,
NOAA, and the Maritime Administration (MARAD).
f.   Oppose Unvetted Permitting Changes: Oppose changes by the National Marine Fisheries
Service to the process for permitting projects, which jeopardize ports’ ability to fulfill their
economic,  environmental,  and  social  missions.   Advocate  that  such  significant
modifications to federal permitting regulations should be made only through an act of
Congress or a formal rulemaking process. 
g.   Invest in Kelp and Kelp Research: Support new federal funding to enhance kelp forest
ecosystem conservation, restoration, and management projects. Promote the use of
these projects to better understand the environmental services that kelp provides. 
3)  Community & Equity 
• Welcoming Immigration Policies 
a.   Promote Immigration Reform: Be a leading voice on immigration policies that ensure the
Port, its partners, and its customers have the workforce to succeed in the global economy,
and that immigrants and refugees are actively included in the opportunities that our
region’s economy provides. 
b.   Support REAL ID Transition: Coordinate with federal agencies on implementation of REAL
ID, by the 2025 deadline including a public information campaign to support a smooth
and fair transition. Strive to ensure that eventual full implementation matches national
uptake so as to avoid major travel disruptions. 
c.   Make DACA Permanent: Support permanent legal protections for immigrant children
currently eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 
• Aircraft Noise and Emissions Policies 
a.   Support StART Priorities: Advocate for changes to federal policies, regulations, and
programs that align with local community priorities – as identified by the SEA Stakeholder
Advisory Round Table (StART): 
i.  U.S. Representative Adam Smith’s Protecting Airport Communities from Particle
Emissions Act; 
ii.  Representative Smith’s Sound Insulation Treatment Repair and Replacement
Program Act; 
iii.  Representative Smith’s Aviation Noise and Emissions Mitigation Act; 
iv.  Creating a clear process and deadline for review and action on the FAA’s 65 DNL
noise contour metric; 
v.  Increased federal investment in sustainable aviation fuels and other alternative
energy sources; 
vi.  Funding for the FAA’s Environmental Mitigation Pilot Program; 
vii.  FAA support for new regional airport capacity. 
b.   Address Indoor Air Quality: Continue to explore the need for federal programs and
funding to address indoor air quality near airports, particularly for schools and other
facilities that are occupied by large groups of potentially sensitive populations. 
• Other Equity-Related Policies 
a.   Promote Biometric Policy Changes: Support federal legislation on biometric technology
and associated data collection that balances operational needs with protections for
privacy, equity, and civil liberties. 
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b.   Prevent Human Trafficking: Partner with federal agencies to improve human trafficking
prevention and intervention efforts. 
c.   Support Policing Reforms: Advocate for comprehensive federal policing reforms that
further the goals of the Port Commission’s Task Force on Policing and Civil Rights,
including addressing racial bias; excessive use of force; decertification; misconduct
reporting, disciplinary review, and immunity protections; militarization; training; and
other accountability, civil rights, and equity measures. 
d.   Support “Reconnecting Communities” Initiatives: Support efforts by the Port and local
partners to attract IIJA funding that can address and resolve environmental justice issues
inequities caused by past transportation investments. 
4)  Trade, Economic Development & Workforce 
• Competitive Trade Policies 
a.   Promote  Trade  and  Lower  Barriers:  Advocate  for  productive  engagement  and
negotiations that ensure a fair and level playing field for mutually beneficial trade; ensure
that enforcement actions such as tariffs and quotas are a measure of last resort and, when
necessary, be carefully and narrowly targeted to address the problem and minimize the
unintended impacts on American producers and consumers. 
b.   Re-evaluate Tariffs: Support re-evaluating and/or rescinding existing tariffs and other
trade barriers. In particular, the United States should work with key trade partners in Asia
to reduce tariffs in light of supply chain impacts, inflationary cost effects, and their overall
strategic value relative to diplomatic and economic goals. 
c.   Support New Trade Opportunities: Advocate for new trade agreements that open new
markets and level playing fields for Washington employers and others who use the Port
as their international gateway, while creating verifiable, measurable, and enforceable
standards to protect workers and the environment. 
• Economic & Workforce Development 
a.   Pursue Grant Funding: Secure additional federal funding for key priorities within the
Port’s economic development, tourism development, and workforce development
programs; support local partner grants that are aligned with Port goals and interests. 
b.   Support Drayage Drivers: Support federal programs that help drayage truck drivers
achieve better wages and working conditions.
c.   Support the North Pacific Fishing Fleet: Support key federal priorities for the North
Pacific fleet, including fishing fleet modernization and supporting infrastructure to
address the impacts of climate change on the fishing industry. 
d.   Promote Tourism: Support federal efforts to increase and facilitate domestic and
international tourism into Puget Sound region and Washington state, with a focus on
sustainable tourism promotion opportunities. 
(1)    Presentation slides 
(2)    2022 Federal Aviation Agenda 
(3)    2022 Federal Maritime Agenda 
• January 24, 2022 – The Commission approved the 2022 Federal Legislative Agenda. 
• January 4, 2022 – The Commission was briefed on the 2022 Federal Legislative Agenda. 
• January 12, 2021 – The Commission approved the 2021 Federal Legislative Agenda. 
Template revised September 22, 2016.

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• December 8, 2020 – The Commission was briefed on the 2021 Federal Legislative Agenda. 
• January 28, 2020 – The Commission approved the 2020 Federal Legislative Agenda. 
• January 7, 2020 – The Commission was briefed on the 2020 Federal Legislative Agenda. 
• December 10, 2018 – The Commission approved the 2019 Federal Legislative Agenda. 
• November 27, 2018 – The Commission was briefed on the 2019 Federal Legislative Agenda. 
• January 9, 2018 – The Commission authorized staff to pursue the 2018 federal legislative
• November 28, 2017 – The Commission was briefed on the 2018 Federal Legislative Agenda. 

Template revised September 22, 2016.


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