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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Appropriations

FY19 Appropriations Process Slows

July 13, 2018 – The appropriations process for 2019 has slowed. A two-bill package that includes funding for EPA water grants is scheduled for next week, but there is still no schedule for the Transportation-HUD or Homeland Security bills.

Senate Kills White House Spending Cut Package

June 22, 2018 – A $14.7 billion package of spending cuts died in the Senate this week when the chamber voted, 48 yeas to 50 nays, against discharging the bill from the Appropriations Committee. The House-passed bill (H.R. 3) now remains in the Appropriations Committee, almost certain to languish until it dies at the end of the Congress.

Senate Panel Approves FY19 Homeland Budget

June 22, 2018 – Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019. The bill provides a net $55.2 billion in discretionary appropriations and another $1.7 billion in mandatory appropriations for Coast Guard pensions.

First FY19 Appropriations “Minibus” Passes House, Including Corps of Engineers Funding

June 8, 2018 – Today, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the first package of appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019 by a mostly party-line vote of 235 to 179. The three-bill “minibus” package included the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill (which funds the Army Corps of Engineers water resources infrastructure program), the Legislative Branch bill, and the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs bill.

Senate Subcommittee Approves $71.4 Billion Transportation-HUD Funding Bill

June 6, 2018 – The Senate Transportation-Housing Appropriations Subcommittee this morning approved, by voice vote, a draft bill appropriating a net $71.4 billion for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year 2019. As is the usual practice, the subcommittee markup session was brief (just over 15 minutes), gave out few details, and featured a lot of positive statements and no amendments.

China Transit Procurement Ban Has Potential to Divide Stakeholders

May 31, 2018 – The surprise inclusion in the draft fiscal 2019 Transportation-HUD appropriations act of a provision banning the use of federal transit dollars to purchase transit vehicles from Chinese companies could have enormous implications for transit agencies in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles – but it’s also about a long-term strategy to prevent Chinese rail car makers from getting into the separate U.S.

House, Senate Appropriations Plans for FY19 Revealed

May 25, 2018 – This week, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees each adopted spending plans for fiscal year 2019 by formally voting to allocate each of their twelve subcommittees a net discretionary appropriations total for its annual bill.

House Bill Would Fund USDOT at $88.8 Billion in FY 2019

May 18, 2018 – An $88.8 billion spending plan for the U.S. Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2019 sailed through a House subcommittee this week and will go before the full Appropriations Committee next week.

FY19 Appropriations Process Begins

May 10, 2018 – The annual appropriations process for fiscal year 2019 has now begun, with the House Appropriations Committee approving its first two bills this week and with subcommittees approving several more (including the bill funding most federal water resources infrastructure).

White House Spending Cuts Largely Spare Transportation Programs

May 9, 2018 – The White House sent up a long-awaited package of spending cutsto Capitol Hill yesterday for consideration under an expedited process that is exempt from filibuster in the Senate. Of the $15.349 billion in spending cuts proposed by the legislation, just $279 million come from the Department of Transportation, and most of that comes from the elimination of “dead earmarks” in old appropriations acts.