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Shippers Voice Concern Over Poor Railroad Communications, Access Charges

July 26, 2019 – The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a “Railroad Shippers Roundtable” on July 25, following up on the June 20 hearing. The various participants were in consensus regarding their most pressing issues, namely faulty communication with railroad companies and problematic demurrage and accessorial charges.

T&I Leaders Introduce New Harbor Maintenance Funding Bill

May 3, 2019 – This week, the bipartisan leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced a bill (H.R. 2440) that would allow the immediate spend-down of $9.3 billion in balances that have built up in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF).

House Hearing Pushes Case For Unlocking Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

April 12, 2019 – An April 10 hearing before the the House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee discussed waterborne transportation and appeared designed to make the case for legislation unlocking $9.3 billion in past collections for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund – legislation that seems very likely to be included in the forthcoming infrastructure initiative from House Democrats.

The FY20 Budget: Transportation Security

March 20, 2019 – The President’s fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security includes proposals for a small cut in Transportation Security Administration operational funding, a large cut in Coast Guard procurement, and a two-thirds cut in Federal Emergency Management Agency transportation security grants.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 25, 2019

Tuesday, March 26 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing on investment in airports (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., HVC-210, Capitol Visitors Center. Tuesday, March 26 – House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing – subcommittee hearing on budget requests from House members – 11:00 a.m., 2358-A Rayburn.

FY20 Budget Again Calls to Cut Water Infrastructure Funding by One-Third

March 14, 2019 – The few documents made available this week describing President Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2020 show that the President is proposing to cut Corps of Engineers water infrastructure funding by 30 percent and cut the water infrastructure grant and loan programs of the Environmental Protection Agency by 33 percent.

House T&I Kicks Off 2019 With Infrastructure Hearing

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.”

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.

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.

DOT Announces $1.5 Billion in BUILD Surface Transportation Grants

December 11, 2018 – Today, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the full list of recipients of $1.475 billion in fiscal year 2018 funding for 91 individual grants under the Department’s BUILD surface transportation grant program (formerly known as TIGER grants).

Senate Hearing Outlines Infrastructure Needs in U.S. Arctic

December 6, 2018 – As arctic waters become more easily traversable for shippers and tourists alike, the U.S. does not yet have the infrastructure in place to manage its northern waterways, according to a Senate Subcommittee hearing on the topic.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of November 26, 2018

Tuesday, November 27 – Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform – full joint select committee business meeting to complete the mark up of the draft biennial budgeting bill (bill text and amendment adopted at the first markup here)  – 2:00 p.m., 1334 Longworth.

U.S. Senate Passes Coast Guard Reauthorization

November 15, 2018 – The U.S. senate passed this week the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, which authorizes funding and end-of-year strength levels for the Coast Guard. It also includes provisions relating to the Coast Guard’s fleet recapitalization and vessel discharge.

President Signs Water Resources Bill

October 26, 2018 – President Trump signed the biennial water resources development bill (the America’s Water Infrastructure Act) into law on October 23 at a ceremony in the Oval Office – S.

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