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.
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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).
March 1, 2019 – The decision of whether or not to revive the earmarking process has to be made by party leaders, who have been slow to address the issue this year. And with the Appropriations Committee preparing to start drafting fiscal 2020 appropriations bills in April, and with T&I possibly acting on some kind of infrastructure legislation in the coming months, there are only a few weeks left for leaders to make the decisions on earmarks before they risk losing the opportunity to earmark those bills.
March 1, 2019 – This week, a group of Senate Republicans from the South led by Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and abetted by Sen.
March 1, 2019 – This week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its estimates of what the Budget Control Act spending caps on discretionary appropriations will be in the upcoming fiscal year (2020) and the final year under which the caps currently apply, 2021.
February 20, 2019 – Do the final FY19 appropriations bills keep the promise of an additional $10 billion per year for infrastructure made in the February 2018 bipartisan budget deal?
February 15, 2019 – Yesterday, both chambers of Congress passed a $325 billion appropriations measure, which President Trump signed the bill into law at about 2 p.m. today, that will prevent any more lapse-of-appropriations government shutdowns until at least October 1.
February 15, 2019 – The final fiscal 2019 appropriations package that passed Congress yesterday appropriates a net $49.4 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (excluding the FEMA disaster relief fund and mandatory Coast Guard pay), a $1.7 billion increase over fiscal year 2018.
February 14, 2019 – At nine minutes to midnight last night, a $325 billion omnibus appropriations bill was introduced and will get votes in the House and Senate tonight and tomorrow, possibly averting another government shutdown.
February 13, 2019 – Last week, House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Aviation Subcommittee chairman Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 1108) to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to continue operations – and continue to pay all its employees and contractors – during a government shutdown.