Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Senate Finance Committee

Complete Senate Committee Rosters for 116th Congress Named

January 3, 2019 – Today, Senate Republicans released their proposed committee memberships for the 116th Congress, joining Senate Democrats, who had announced their proposed slates late last year. The new committee memberships will become official when ratified by Senate resolution this afternoon or tomorrow.

Senate Panel Approves Tax Bill As Sequestration Fears Mount

November 21, 2017 – After a grueling 24-hour markup session (spread over four days), the Senate Finance Committee on November 16 approved a draft plan for tax reform and restructuring that would increase federal deficits by over $1.4 trillion over the coming decade.

Tax Talks Collapse As T&I Eyes Late October Highway Bill Markup

October 2, 2015 – High-level talks between senior members of the Congressional tax committees broke down today as those legislators were trying to find a way to use the proceeds from reforms to international business taxation to pay for a “robust” six-year surface transportation bill.

Congressional Estimators Deal Blow To Repatriation Holiday Concept

May 6, 2015 – The official scorekeepers of Congressional legislation that would change tax law dealt a potentially fatal blow last week to the idea of using receipts from a one-time repatriation “holiday” of cash held by U.S. corporations abroad to pay for Highway Trust Fund solvency.

Sens. Wyden, Hoeven Propose $180 Billion Infrastructure Bonding Plan

May 6, 2015 – Senate Finance Committee ranking minority member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) this week announced a new proposal to promote public-private partnerships in infrastructure development by creating some blend of up to about $180 billion in new tax-exempt infrastructure bonds or up to $45 billion in actual tax credits that can be given to businesses that invest in infrastructure projects.

Fall Outlook: Many Miles To Go Before Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization Bill Is Completed

August 12, 2015 – The dust has settled, and both chambers of Congress have now left the nation’s capital, not to return until September 8.

A flurry of late July action on the Senate floor led to that chamber’s passage of a 1,043-page surface transportation reauthorization bill by a vote of 65 to 34 – almost two to one in favor. While this sounds impressive, it does not stack up particularly well against the initial Senate passage votes of multi-year surface transportation bills in 2012 (74 to 22), 2005 (89 to 11), 1998 (96 to 4), 1991 (91 to 7), or 1987 (96 to 2). One has to go all the way back to 1982…

Senate Republicans Announce Committee Assignments

December 15, 2014 – Senate Republicans announced their committee assignments for the upcoming Congress today, joining Democrats who made the assignments last week. However, Republicans have not formally selected committee chairmen for the upcoming Congress yet (in most cases there is no contest, but we are thinking mostly of Budget, where there is a contest).

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