August 16, 2019 – The Congressional Budget Office is scheduled to release its annual summer update to its Budget and Economic Outlook on August 21.
Eno Transportation Weekly
August 16, 2019 – It may be a quiet Congressional recess in most places around the nation’s capital, but work continues in some circles on the fiscal 2020 appropriations process, focusing on three areas: drafting an initial stopgap continuing resolution, making most of the hard choices on the Senate appropriations bills, and giving initial thought to how to downsize some of the House appropriations bills.
August 1, 2019 – A week after the House of Representatives left town for the remainder of the summer, the U.S. Senate followed suit today, after clearing the bipartisan two-year budget deal and over 60 nominees (including two National Transportation Safety Board nominees). The chamber will be in recess until Monday, September 9.
July 23, 2019 – Later this week, the House of Representatives will consider a new bipartisan budget bill introduced last night in the House.
July 19, 2019 – Congressional leaders are frantically negotiating with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin (and, possibly, other Trump Administration officials) on a two-year debt ceiling increase that would also increase the Budget Control Act’s ceilings on defense and non-defense appropriations for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
July 12, 2019 – Pressure mounted on Congressional leaders this week to enact legislation increasing the public debt limit and statutory spending ceilings before Congress departs for its scheduled five-week August recess, which is to begin three weeks from today.
June 27, 2019 – This week, the House of Representatives debated and passed a five-bill package of appropriations measures that includes $87.7 billion in gross total budgetary resources for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
June 21, 2019 – The House of Representatives is scheduled to debate the U.S. Department of Transportation budget for fiscal year 2020 on Monday, June 24 as the House finishes up work on the second package of FY20 appropriations bills.
June 20, 2019 – A $2 trillion package of appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020 that includes the water resources program of the Army Corps of Engineers passed the House of Representatives yesterday by a party-line roll call vote of 226 yeas, 203 nays.
June 19, 2019 – At about 1 a.m. this morning, the House Rules Committee filed the first special rule making in order the second “minibus” package of appropriations bills (H.R. 3055) for consideration on the House floor later this week. The rule makes in order 290 amendments to the legislation, and of those, 42 pertain to the transportation budget.
June 14, 2019 – The House of Representatives finally started considering general appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020 this week, but there were early snags when a small core of anti-domestic-spending Republicans forced the House to take 70 roll call votes on amendments over an 18-hour period.
June 14, 2019 – The House Appropriations Committee on June 11 approved a $64 billion draft bill making appropriations for the Homeland Security Department for fiscal year 2020.
June 14, 2019 – This is a list of all the transportation-related amendments filed with the House Rules Committee that may or may not be offered to the FY 2020 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill.
June 7, 2019 – The House Appropriations Committee on June 4 approved a $87.7 billion budget for the U.S. Department of Transportation, as part of an overall Transportation-Housing appropriations bill that passed by party-line vote of 29 yeas to 21 nays.
June 7, 2019 – The House of Representatives will begin floor consideration of the fiscal 2020 appropriations bill this week, starting with a five-bill “minibus” package based on the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill (H.R. 2740). The Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, which includes the budget for the Army Corps of Engineers’ water resources program, has been incorporated as Division E of the package.
June 6, 2019 – This week, the House Appropriations Committee released the text of its draft fiscal 2020 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security, and the bill was approved by voice vote during a brief subcommittee markup session on June 5.
May 23, 2019 – This morning, the House Subcommittee on Transportation-Housing Appropriations formally approved the draft fiscal year 2020 Transportation-Housing appropriations bill.
May 17, 2019 – The White House this week sent up a package of FY 2020 budget amendments to Capitol Hill, including small tweaks to Coast Guard, Corps of Engineers, and FHWA budget requests.
May 16, 2019 – This week, the House Appropriations Committee released the text of the two draft fiscal 2020 general appropriations bills that fund federal water infrastructure programs at levels that are over $600 million above last year’s levels. Both bills – the Energy and Water Development bill and the Interior and Environment bill – were marked up in subcommittee, without amendment, yesterday.
May 10, 2019 – The bipartisan leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week wrote to their Budget Committee counterparts and the leaders of both parties in the House to ask that certain budget-related highway and water funding issues be addressed in the context of an overall budget deal with the Senate and the White House.