December 15, 2017 – At 5:30 p.m. today, Congressional negotiators filed the final “conference report” version of the tax bill (H.R. 1) in the House of Representatives. The House could vote on the measure as early as Tuesday.
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December 8, 2017 – The White House this week made it official and promised to release the Trump Administration’s “infrastructure principles” document in January.
December 1, 2017 – As of press time (5:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon), official Washington was still waiting for the final revisions to the tax reform bill in the Senate to be released by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
President Donald Trump has proclaimed November “Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month.” He is right to recognize the key role that infrastructure plays in assuring the nation’s health, security and prosperity. However, much of our critical infrastructure—especially transportation systems in coastal areas—is anything but resilient. We can change that by facing up to climate threats and designing our infrastructure accordingly.
October 20, 2017 – Last night, the Senate passed a fiscal 2018 budget blueprint after dropping House language on air traffic control reform at the last minute.
September 29, 2017 – President Trump unexpectedly distanced himself from one of the core principles of his own Administration’s infrastructure plan this week – an increased reliance on public-private partnerships to finance infrastructure.
August 24, 2017 – On August 15, President Trump issued Executive Order 13807, his second attempt at imposing prompter deadlines on the cumbersome, multi-agency process of approving the federal permitting of infrastructure projects.
August 24, 2017 – As part of the backlash against President Trump’s remarks relating to the Charlottesville, Virginia rioting, the White House will not be moving forward with a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure – but it is not clear if this means that a new council will not be created, or an existing council will be disbanded.
July 20, 2017 – The House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on July 19 on the state of infrastructure in rural America, which included discussion of the inland waterways system.
June 9, 2017 – President Trump held several events this week to emphasize his infrastructure agenda – but while a few additional details were released, the plan is still frustratingly vague.
May 25, 2017 – This week’s FY 2018 budget included a statement of principles for the President’s infrastructure initiative and a $200 billion placeholder.
May 23, 2017 – The Office of Management and Budget has released President Trump’s first budget request, covering fiscal year 2018 and the 10-year 2018-2027 period.
May 19, 2017 – Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao used two public events this week to promise infrastructure stakeholders that details of the Trump Administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan would soon be forthcoming.
May 19, 2017 – This week was Infrastructure Week, which got us here at ETW got to wondering: how would a $1 trillion infrastructure bill compare to past infrastructure spending initiatives?
May 11, 2017 – How much has the federal government spent on transportation and infrastructure grants to state and local governments since World War II, and how much would current spending need to increase to get back to historical average levels?
March 23, 2017 – A series of three interviews with transportation leaders hosted by Axios featured bipartisan perspectives from Emil Frankel of the Eno Center for Transportation, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D), and House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA).
March 23, 2017 – The President’s budget outline released last week is so light on details that you can’t even really call it a “skinny budget” – it’s deathly anorexic. But based on the document, and a little additional reporting, a few things have become clear.
March 9, 2017 – On March 1, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing to assess U.S.
March 9, 2017 – The Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing Appropriations held a hearing this week on the big picture of U.S. infrastructure needs.
It’s no accident that 34 of the world’s top 100 airports are either fully or partly privatized. If the Trump Administration is serious about attracting large-scale private capital to revamp and improve U.S. infrastructure, airport privatization is an ideal place to start.