Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: FY19

Dec. 21 Shutdown Now Seen As More Likely; Year-Long FY19 CR Options Discussed

December 14, 2018 – Funding for federal agencies supported by seven of the twelve annual appropriations bills expires one week from tonight, and there is no immediately obvious path towards averting a government shutdown beginning at midnight on Friday, December 21. Agreement on six of the seven pending appropriations bills is at hand, but a major partisan dispute on funding a U.S.-Mexico border wall in the Homeland Security bill prevents overall agreement.

CR Extension to Dec. 21 Cleared for Trump Signature: Year-End Resolution Still Unclear

December 7, 2018 – In a work week truncated by the funeral ceremonies for former President George H.W. Bush, both chambers of Congress yesterday passed, by unanimous consent, a joint resolution extending the stopgap appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2019 by two weeks – from midnight tonight, to midnight on Friday, December 21.

CR to December 7 Awaits Signature; Negotiations Fail on 4-Bill “Minibus”

September 28, 2018 – Congress has cleared a nine-week continuing resolution to fund parts of the federal government from October 1 through December 7, and President Trump must sign it by midnight Sunday night in order to avoid a partial shutdown of the federal government on Monday morning. While the president has said he won’t shut the government down, at this point, his mercurial nature has led Congressional leaders not to rest easy until his pen actually completes his signature on the paper.

4-Bill “Minibus” Including DOT Appropriations Slips as CR Drama Unfolds

September 21, 2018 – Hopes that another four-bill package of appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2019, including the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill, could be signed into law before the elections are fading, despite more meetings of Appropriations Committee staffers to be held next week.

Policy Disputes Stall Transportation Appropriations; CR Through December 7 Introduced

September 14, 2018 – House and Senate negotiators on a package of four fiscal 2019 appropriations bills, including the Transportation-HUD bill, met yesterday but were unable to complete negotiations, citing numerous policy provisions still in disagreement. It now appears likely that Department of Transportation programs will be funded starting October 1 by a short-term continuing resolution (introduced yesterday), at least for a while.

Final Version of First “Minibus” Appropriations Includes $7.0 Billion for Water Resources in FY19

September 13, 2018 – The House and Senate have passed the final conference report version of the first three-bill “minibus” package of fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills, including the Energy and Water Development bill. The package appropriates $7.0 billion for the water resources program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $172 million more than last year and $72 million more than the Senate bill (but $279 million less than the House bill).

9 of 12 FY19 Spending Bills Soon to Be in House-Senate Conference

September 6, 2018 – Congressional negotiators continue to make progress on the fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills – progress that would have been just an average budget cycle in the 1980s or 1990s but which is positively spectacular in this dysfunctional age.

Senate Passes 4-Bill “Minibus” Appropriations Including FY19 DOT Funding

August 3, 2018 – The U.S. Senate this week passed a package of four appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019, including the annual Transportation-HUD bill. The package, which passed by a roll call vote of 92 to 6, provides $154 billion in discretionary funding, $130 billion in mandatory funding and $60 billion in obligation limitations on transportation contract authority.

Senate Sets Up Passage Vote on FY19 USDOT Appropriations for Tomorrow

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 8:40 p.m. – The U.S. Senate has reached an agreement that will ensure several amendment votes and a final passage vote tomorrow on the four-bill “minibus” appropriations measure for fiscal 2019 (H.R. 6147), which includes the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill.

House Appropriations OKs FY19 Homeland Bill

July 27, 2018 – The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2018 Homeland Security appropriations bill this week, the last of the twelve FY19 bills to be considered in committee in either the House or Senate.

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