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Category: FY19

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.

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.

Government to Reopen Through Feb. 15

January 25, 2019 -President Trump today reversed course and agreed to sign a short-term continuing appropriations resolution reopening the federal government while negotiations continue on homeland security funding and U.S.-Mexico border issues.

Talks to End Shutdown Resume After Failed Senate Votes

January 25, 2019 – As the partial lapse-of-appropriations government shutdown gets ready to enter its fifth week – and with today marking the second consecutive paycheck that many federal employees have missed – Congressional leaders appear to have made the first real progress yesterday in negotiating a possible end to the shutdown, after the U.S. Senate proved that neither the current Republican plan nor the current Democratic plan for ending the shutdown have the 60 votes necessary to pass.

Senate Republicans Propose Their Own Appropriations Bill to End Shutdown

January 22, 2019 – Late last night, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Richard Shelby (R-AL), released the text of a 1,300-page appropriations measure that would end the month-long government shutdown, including immigration and border-related proposals outlined by President Trump over the weekend.

Senate Omnibus Takes Some Harbor Maintenance Spending Off-Budget

January 22, 2019 – Buried in the back of the omnibus FY19 appropriations bill released by Senate Republicans last night was a removing taking new appropriations out of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund from the spending constraints of the Budget Control Act.

Shutdown Will Reach 1-Month Mark With No End in Sight

January 18, 2019 – The House and Senate have left town for the week, and Monday will mark the one-month mark of the partial, lapse-of-appropriations government shutdown that began on December 21. But President Trump and Congressional Democrats appear no closer to a deal ending the shutdown than they were one or two weeks ago.

House to Move Last Year’s Bipartisan Appropriations Agreements Next Week

January 17, 2019 – House Democrats, in yet another attempt to force members to vote on a different way to end the ongoing federal government lapse-of-appropriations shutdown, have posted online the text of a bipartisan omnibus appropriations agreement negotiated last year – while Republicans still controlled both chambers – that they plan to bring up for a vote in the House next week.

Shutdown Continues With No End in Sight, As Federal Workers Miss First Paycheck

January 11, 2019 – The partial lapse-of-appropriations shutdown that began at midnight on December 21 is now three weeks old, but a pivotal milestone was reached this morning when civilian federal workers who are either furloughed or else being forced to work under the life/safety exception missed their first scheduled paycheck.

FHWA Gives States An Extra $30B in Highway Spending Authority; Warns Them to Exercise Restraint

January 9, 2019 – Yesterday, the Federal Highway Administration issued a notice giving the 50 state DOTs and the District of Columbia an extra $30 billion in obligation authority to start new federal-aid highway projects, but warned them that if a new short-term continuing appropriations resolution is enacted, they will have to take most of that money back for the time being.

Partial Shutdown Enters Third Week As Senate Ignores First House Offer

January 4, 2019 – The partial shutdown of the federal government, which includes a furlough of over 20,000 employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation, will enter its third week tomorrow with no end in sight. Yesterday, the new House Democratic majority passed two appropriations measures to restart the government (see details below), but the White House promptly issued a veto threat, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to take those up in the Senate until Democrats and President Trump reach agreement on a bill that can gain his signature.

House Dems to Pass Senate Appropriations Package on Thursday

December 31, 2018 – Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee late this afternoon posted online the text of a proposed omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019 that they plan on bringing up for a vote in the House on Thursday, January 3, shortly after they retake the majority of the House of Representatives at noon on that day.

Partial Government Shutdown Inevitable As FY19 Funding Negotiations Continue

December 21, 2018 – The House and Senate have adjourned for the evening, and can’t return until at least noon tomorrow, which will be twelve hours after large portions of the federal government – including the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security – run out of annual appropriations at midnight tonight.

Emergency Appropriations Package Includes $2.7B for Transportation and Infrastructure

December 21, 2018 – The continuing resolution passed by the House last night, funding the government through February 8, 2019, added $5 billion for funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, but it also added $7.8 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for the effects of those disasters. Of that amount, about $2.7 billion is for transportation and infrastructure accounts, including $1.65 billion for the Federal Highway Administration emergency relief program.

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