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.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Category: Federal funding
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 20, 2019 – Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it will not pay the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) the final $929 million in federal appropriations that was legally committed to the state’s high-speed rail program by the Obama Administration.
February 14, 2019 – Yesterday, Sen.
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.
February 13, 2019 – The failure of the California high-speed rail project doesn’t necessarily mean the doom of HSR in the U.S. The California project followed seven “worst practices” that other projects could avoid.
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.
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.”
February 8, 2019 – This week, President Trump gave an interview to local journalists where he appeared to say that money for the $11+ billion Hudson River Tunnel has already been “set aside.”
February 8, 2019 – Here are two simple charts that show the totality of the Highway Trust Fund spending and revenue situation from 1957 to the present.
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.
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).
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.
January 31, 2019 – As predicted in ETW, the enactment of the continuing resolution that ended the government shutdown is forcing the Federal Highway Administration to take back $23 billion in highway spending authority from state DOTs.
January 31, 2019 – Projections for transportation excise tax receipts are up substantially in several areas in the new CBO ten-year baseline projections.