The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will consider the Clean Water Rule Dec. 8. The court will hear oral arguments over whether it has the authority to hear a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule, or "Waters of the U.S." rule, from industry groups and states. The same court earlier this month placed a nationwide injunction on the rule until the court can decide whether it has jurisdiction to hear the case.

A bill marked up by the House Transportation Committee includes a deadline extension for Positive Train Control. The six-year highway bill marked up Thursday includes the extension sought by the rail industry and advocated for by agriculture groups. By including the extension, the bill matches a move in the Senate last year that also includes an extension of the deadline. The Senate passed its version of a highway bill last summer. Current surface transportation legislation is set to expire Thursday (Oct. 29), and it's expected that Congress will pass another short-term extension while the House and Senate reconcile their two different bills.