October 17, 2017 – Fifty years ago today, on October 17, 1967, the House of Representatives passed the conference report on the first Department of Transportation Appropriations Act by a vote of 368 to 22. The following day, the Senate passed the conference report by voice vote.
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October 6, 2017 – This week, the Federal Highway Administration formally gave states $41.4 billion in highway contract authority via formula for fiscal year 2018. However, a temporary placement of obligation limitation on that contract authority reveals that the amount of “usable” money kept back from states for the first 11 months of the fiscal year will rise to $6.7 billion in 2018.
September 8, 2017 – Debate in the House of Representatives on the omnibus appropriation bill for fiscal year 2018 (H.R. 3354) will continue next week, but the chamber has already dealt with all of the amendments to the bill that deal with transportation and infrastructure programs.
September 8, 2017 – Both chambers of Congress have cleared legislation that extends government-wide appropriations until December 8 and which suspends the statutory ceiling on the public debt until the same date. The legislation also provides $15.25 billion in emergency fiscal 2017 supplemental appropriations for relief from the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
September 6, 2017 – 2:45 p.m. Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed the initial installment of emergency supplemental appropriations for relief from the effects of Hurricane Harvey – $7.85 billion. The bill passed by a roll call vote … This content is for Eno members only. Sign In Sign in to your Eno account below […]
September 6, 2017 – 12:15 a.m. – The House Rules Committee at 10:45 p.m. last night approved terms for debate for the Department of Transportation and Department of Homeland Security portions of the omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2018 (H.R. 3354). The text of the rule for the special procedures is here. The rule is House Resolution 500.
September 5, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. – Congress returns to the nation’s capital today (the House at 2 p.m.; the Senate at 3 p.m.) for a busy month’s work. The House is scheduled to vote on omnibus FY 2018 appropriations, the first tranche of FY 2017 relief for areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey, and the first federal legislation regulating autonomous vehicles this week. Later this month, the House may take up legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration.
The following is a list of the amendments related to transportation and infrastructure programs that have been filed with the House Rules Committee and posted online as of 10:00 a.m. on August 25, 2017. T
August 16, 2017 (updated August 24 with amendments) – This morning, the House Rules Committee announced a deadline of 10 a.m. on Friday, August 25 for House members to submit proposed amendments to eight appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018, including the Transportation-Housing bill and the Homeland Security bill.
August 9, 2017 – Is the mass transit new starts program fundamentally flawed because it tries to support long, multi-year funding commitments with annual appropriations? And can Congress fix it without resorting to earmarks?
July 28, 2017 – The Senate Appropriations Committee on July 27 unanimously approved legislation funding the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year 2018.
July 27, 2017 – The House of Representatives was in session until 12:22 a.m. this morning amending the Energy and Water Development portions of the “security minibus” appropriations bill (H.R. 3299). Here’s what happened on the legislative day of July 26.
July 20, 2017 – Amtrak submitted its fiscal 2018 budget request to Congress on May 31, but did not get around to publishing its full financial plan to accompany the budget request until late last week.
July 20, 2017 – The House Appropriations Committee on July 18 approved a draft bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2018. Unlike many non-defense programs, DHS was largely spared from proposed cuts in the President’s budget request, and the House bill largely adheres to the budget request.
July 20, 2017 – Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 13 to defend the Administration’s fiscal 2018 budget request for USDOT.
July 19, 2017 – After trying (and failing) to convince at least 218 of their members to support a $1.228 trillion omnibus appropriations bill, House Republican leaders have now moved to let the House consider a $789 billion package of four appropriations bills next week.
July 19, 2017 – The House Appropriations Committee approved an Interior-Environment appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 on July 18 which includes over $2 billion for water infrastructure grants and loan subsidies.
July 18 2017 – The House and Senate are taking big steps on autonomous vehicle legislation this week, while the House Appropriations Committee has provided $100 million towards AV research.
(July 20 note: this article has been updated with more detailed analysis of aviation, mass transit, and autonomous vehicle provisions of the committee report.)
July 13, 2017 – A House subcommittee has approved draft legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2018, and the full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider the bill on July 18.