Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Federal funding

Is Congress Running Out of Time to Bring Back Earmarks? (For FY20, At Least)

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.

CBO Estimates New FY20-21 Spending Cap Levels

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.

Final FY19 Homeland Bill Increases TSA, Coast Guard Operational Budgets

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.

DeFazio, Larsen Propose Bill to Insulate FAA from Shutdowns

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.

Calif. Governor Scales Back Commitment to Statewide High Speed Rail

February 12, 2019 – Earlier today, new new governor of California, Gavin Newsom (D), told state legislators in his first “State of the State” address that he was backing away from plans to build a high speed rail project that would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles, but that he would finish the segment of the project currently underway in the central part of the state.

House T&I Kicks Off 2019 With Infrastructure Hearing

February 9, 2019 – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the 116thCongress formally kicked off its work yesterday with a marathon seven-hour hearing entitled “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait.”

Shutdown Over, but No Final FY19 Deal in Sight Yet

February 1, 2019 – The five-week shutdown of large swaths of the federal government has ended, but hopes for finishing the appropriations process for fiscal year 2019 hinges on progress on the Homeland Security appropriations bill, now before a House-Senate conference committee.

Trump Orders Buy America Rules Applied to Federal Loans and Insurance

February 2, 2019 – Yesterday, President Trump signed a new executive order that orders federal agencies to expand Buy America requirements beyond what is currently required by law and apply such rules to all “federal financial assistance,” including recipients of federal loans, loan guarantees, and insurance. It also expands Buy America’s reach to domestically produced aluminum (the laws focus on iron and steel).

New Forecast Delays Arrival of Trillion-Dollar Deficits

January 31, 2019 – The new CBO baseline delays the anticipated arrival of trillion-dollar budget deficits by a year (compared to last year’s forecast), which may allow Congress to avoid hard decisions on spending and revenues for another year or two.

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