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.
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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.
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.
June 15, 2018 – How are the House and Senate FY 2019 appropriations bills fulfilling the promise of $10 billion per year in additional infrastructure funding?
June 14, 2018 Now that the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the fiscal 2019 Transportation-Housing appropriations bill, we can start comparing the House and Senate bills and trying to figure out what a final compromise legislative product might look like.
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.
June 8, 2018 – Last night, the House of Representatives passed a bill repealing a $14.7 billion package of prior-year appropriations by a narrow vote of 210 to 2016.
June 8, 2018 – Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee swiftly approved a draft bill funding the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year 2019.
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.
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.
May 31, 2018- While House members submitted a total of 146 proposed amendments to the first “minibus” appropriations package for fiscal year 2019, (and a few more late ones are trickling in), only twelve of those actually pertain to Corps of Engineers funding or policies.
May 31, 2018 – The fiscal 2019 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill is scheduled to move through committee in the Senate next week and could move to the House floor as part of a “minibus” bill package as soon as the week after.
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.
May 24, 2018 – Yesterday evening, the House Appropriations Committee amended and approved a draft bill providing $88.8 billion in funding for the U.S.
May 18, 2018 – This week, the House Appropriations Committee released the text of the draft fiscal year 2019 Interior and Environment appropriations bill, which funds the water infrastructure programs of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
May 17, 2018 – The White House’s much-ballyhooed package of proposed spending cuts, submitted to Congress on May 8 and then introduced in the House as the bill H.R. 3 on the following day, proposes to rescind (cancel) $15.2 billion in appropriations from fiscal year 2017 and prior years.
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.
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).
May 9, 2018 – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has updated its annual baseline for discretionary spending to use the account-level totals in the recently enacted omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2018 as a starting point.
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.