January 11, 2019 – The partial lapse-of-appropriations shutdown that began at midnight on December 21 is now three weeks old, but a pivotal milestone was reached this morning when civilian federal workers who are either furloughed or else being forced to work under the life/safety exception missed their first scheduled paycheck.
Eno Transportation Weekly
January 11, 2019 – Next week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a $12.1 billion package of emergency disaster relief appropriation (H.R. 268).
January 9, 2019 – Yesterday, the Federal Highway Administration issued a notice giving the 50 state DOTs and the District of Columbia an extra $30 billion in obligation authority to start new federal-aid highway projects, but warned them that if a new short-term continuing appropriations resolution is enacted, they will have to take most of that money back for the time being.
January 4, 2019 – The partial shutdown of the federal government, which includes a furlough of over 20,000 employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation, will enter its third week tomorrow with no end in sight. Yesterday, the new House Democratic majority passed two appropriations measures to restart the government (see details below), but the White House promptly issued a veto threat, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to take those up in the Senate until Democrats and President Trump reach agreement on a bill that can gain his signature.
December 31, 2018 – Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee late this afternoon posted online the text of a proposed omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019 that they plan on bringing up for a vote in the House on Thursday, January 3, shortly after they retake the majority of the House of Representatives at noon on that day.
December 21, 2018 – The House and Senate have adjourned for the evening, and can’t return until at least noon tomorrow, which will be twelve hours after large portions of the federal government – including the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security – run out of annual appropriations at midnight tonight.
December 21, 2018 – The continuing resolution passed by the House last night, funding the government through February 8, 2019, added $5 billion for funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, but it also added $7.8 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for the effects of those disasters. Of that amount, about $2.7 billion is for transportation and infrastructure accounts, including $1.65 billion for the Federal Highway Administration emergency relief program.
December 21, 2018 – The partial shutdown of the federal government that may take effect at midnight tonight would furlough 38 percent of U.S. Department of Transportation employees and force another 46 percent to work without the a guarantee of being paid. Just 14 percent of USDOT employees would continue to work and be paid as normal.
December 20, 2018 – The House of Representatives just voted to replace the Senate-passed stopgap continuing appropriations package with an alternate version that adds $5 billion in U.S.-Mexico border wall funding and $7.8 billion in emergency appropriations for disaster relief. Senators now have to return to Washington tomorrow afternoon (many had gone home for Christmas already) and vote on how to dispose of the House proposal, making a partial government shutdown at midnight tomorrow night more likely.
December 19, 2018 – The Senate Majority Leader has introduced a continuing appropriations measure extending the current appropriations authority, rates and conditions under the current continuing resolution (CR) through February 8, 2018.
December 14, 2018 – Funding for federal agencies supported by seven of the twelve annual appropriations bills expires one week from tonight, and there is no immediately obvious path towards averting a government shutdown beginning at midnight on Friday, December 21. Agreement on six of the seven pending appropriations bills is at hand, but a major partisan dispute on funding a U.S.-Mexico border wall in the Homeland Security bill prevents overall agreement.
December 14, 2018 – President Trump has apparently done an about-face on the level of FY 2020 defense spending he will request, which has vast implications for the total level of non-defense appropriations as well.
December 7, 2018 – In a work week truncated by the funeral ceremonies for former President George H.W. Bush, both chambers of Congress yesterday passed, by unanimous consent, a joint resolution extending the stopgap appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2019 by two weeks – from midnight tonight, to midnight on Friday, December 21.
December 3., 2018 – 7:00 p.m. – Although the Presidential funeral has upended the legislative schedule, news was made on Capitol Hill on the appropriations front and on the autonomous vehicle bill this evening.
November 30, 2018 – Funding for many federal agencies runs out one week from tonight at midnight, and negotiators made little progress this week on the big issue in disagreement, funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
October 4, 2018 – This is the first week of the fiscal new year, and for the first time in decades, the federal government started the fiscal year with more than half of its annual discretionary appropriations already signed into law.
The Eno Center for Transportation on September 26 released a new study, The Implications of the Federal Ban on Chinese Railcars.
September 28, 2018 – Congress has cleared a nine-week continuing resolution to fund parts of the federal government from October 1 through December 7, and President Trump must sign it by midnight Sunday night in order to avoid a partial shutdown of the federal government on Monday morning. While the president has said he won’t shut the government down, at this point, his mercurial nature has led Congressional leaders not to rest easy until his pen actually completes his signature on the paper.
September 21, 2018 – Hopes that another four-bill package of appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2019, including the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill, could be signed into law before the elections are fading, despite more meetings of Appropriations Committee staffers to be held next week.
September 14, 2018 – House and Senate negotiators on a package of four fiscal 2019 appropriations bills, including the Transportation-HUD bill, met yesterday but were unable to complete negotiations, citing numerous policy provisions still in disagreement. It now appears likely that Department of Transportation programs will be funded starting October 1 by a short-term continuing resolution (introduced yesterday), at least for a while.