May 17, 2019 – On May 15, the Federal Aviation Administration announced 127 additional airport grants totaling $779 million, out of the $1 billion general fund appropriation made for supplemental airport grants in the fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations act. This is in addition to an initial tranche of 37 grants totaling $205 million made in September 2018.
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May 10, 2019 – On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee adopted chairman Nita Lowey’s (D-NY) plan for dividing $1.295 trillion in discretionary spending amongst the twelve general appropriations bills.
May 10, 2019 – Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to adopt two highway-related amendments to yet another bill providing emergency appropriations for disaster relief.: a $500 million highway funding increase, and an extension of the deadline for the obligation of emergency highway funding.
May 6, 2019 – On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee will consider a 2018 spending plan that would give the Transportation-HUD Subcommittee a net increase of $2.5 billion in discretionary budget authority over the year 2019, once changes in offsetting receipts are factored in.
May 2, 2019 – The House Appropriations Committee moved three of the twelve annual appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020 through subcommittee this week. While none of the three bills deals with transportation, they do give a good picture of how much money will be left over for the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill.
April 12, 2019 – This week, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution giving the House Appropriations Committee a spending total for fiscal year 2020, allowing that panel to start marking up the twelve annual appropriations bills when the House comes back from recess the week of April 29.
April 12, 2019 – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao made her annual trip to the House Appropriations Committee this week to defend the Trump Administration’s fiscal 2020 budget request for USDOT.
March 22, 2019 – Senate Budget Committee chairman Mike Enzi today introduced a 2020 budget plan that assumes that Congress will enact somewhere around $85-90 billion in new highway user taxes over five years to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent at baseline funding levels.
March 22, 2019 – Just a day after the White House released their budget proposal for 2020, which would significantly cut funding for rail and transit programs, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development held a hearing on March 12 to discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding passenger rail development.
March 20, 2019 – The President’s fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security includes proposals for a small cut in Transportation Security Administration operational funding, a large cut in Coast Guard procurement, and a two-thirds cut in Federal Emergency Management Agency transportation security grants.
March 20, 2019 – What a difference a year makes. In 2019, the Trump Administration requested zero new funding for discretionary grant programs. In 2020, they are requesting $4 billion.
March 19, 2019 – As part of the release of the supporting documentation for the 2020 budget request, the Office of Management and Budget has released the 2020 sequestration preview report which, for the first time, lets Congress know the exact amount of the Budget Control Act caps on discretionary spending for 2020. It also contains the Trump Administration’s plans for getting around those spending caps in 2020 and 2021 and for extending the caps through 2029.
March 13, 2019 – The outline of President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request, released this week, calls for unified federal deficits exceeding $1 trillion in each of fiscal years 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 before finally dipping below ten figures in 2024.
March 14, 2019 – The few documents made available this week describing President Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2020 show that the President is proposing to cut Corps of Engineers water infrastructure funding by 30 percent and cut the water infrastructure grant and loan programs of the Environmental Protection Agency by 33 percent.
March 15, 2019 – The U.S. Senate will hold a test vote on the Green New Deal resolution the week of March 25 and will then move to consider a package of disaster relief appropriations.
March 11, 2019 – President Trump has released a fiscal year 2020 budget request today that calls for $84.1 billion in gross budgetary resources for the U.S. Department of Transportation today, a $3.5 billion decrease from 2019.
March 7, 2019 – This week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee chairman Grace Napolitano (D-CA) introduced legislation reauthorizing various federal grant programs under the Clean Water Act at levels that will more than double recent funding amounts.
March 8, 2019 – As we get ready to receive the fiscal 2020 budget request next week, the White House Office of Management and Budget has now closed the scorekeeping books on the appropriations bills for fiscal 2019.
March 8, 2019 – Fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills will not contain earmarked special projects requested by individual Members of Congress.
March 8, 2019 – The White House is scheduled to release most of its budget request for fiscal year 2020 on the morning of Monday, March 11, 2019. We appear to be about to repeat much of the experiences of the President Trump’s first budget request, two years ago (fiscal year 2018).