Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Senate

Organization of New Congress Continues…Slowly…

January 11, 2019 – The new 116th Congress took a few additional organizational moves this week, but the naming of House members to committees is taking longer than normal. Senate committees, however, were officially established and populated this week and will begin substantive hearings next week.

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.

Time Running Out for Trump Nominees

December 14, 2018 – With less than three weeks left until the end of the 115th Congress, twelve of President Trump’s transportation-related nominees are still pending on the Senate’s Executive Calendar, and five more are pending in committee.

3 of 4 Congressional Caucuses Select New Leadership

November 16, 2018 – This week, Republicans in the House and Senate, as well as Senate Democrats, chose their party leaders for the upcoming 116th Congress. House Democrats are scheduled to select their leaders the week after Thanksgiving.

Lame-Duck Agenda is Short, but Time May Be Shorter

November 16, 2018 – This week was the first week of the final lame-duck session of the 115th Congress. Congress is taking next week off for the Thanksgiving holiday and will return on Monday, November 26 for a further session of between three weeks (ideally ending on Thursday, December 13) and four-and-half-weeks (right up to the maximum endurance point of December 22-23, since Christmas is on a Tuesday this year).

What Do the Elections Mean for Committee Ratios?

November 9, 2018 – This week’s election results mean that the number of seats on Congressional committees will have to be renegotiated for the new Congress that takes office on January 3 – drastically for the House of Representatives, and slightly for the U.S. Senate.

Contests Now Underway for Committee Leadership Positions

November 9, 2018 – The election results, along with retirements from Congress, have teed up another biennial edition of Musical Chairs for Adults, a.k.a. the reallocation of chairman and ranking member slots on House and Senate committees and subcommittees.

Nominations Preempt FAA Bill Before Labor Day

August 24, 2018 – Hopes that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill (H.R. 3/S. 1405) might finally come to the Senate floor before the end of August took a nose dive earlier this week when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed what may be a record number of cloture petitions on Trump Administration nominees.

Senate Democrats Release $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan. Again.

March 8, 2018 – Senate Democrats on March 7 released a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan, which was an expansion of the $1 trillion plan they released in January 2017, which in turn was based on the $1 trillion plan introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in January 2015.

Trump Renominates OST-R, Amtrak Nominees

January 10, 2018 – President Trump on January 8 renominated Diana Furchgott-Roth to be Assistant Secretary of Transportation For Research and Technology and Lynn Westmoreland to be a Member of the Amtrak Board of Directors.

Schumer Blocks Rail Safety Nominee

December 22, 2017 – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) again blocked the nomination of Ronald Batory to become the nation’s head safety regulator as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

Autonomous Vehicle Bills Stuck in Park Until 2018

December 21, 2017 – The automated vehicle (AV) legislation in Congress has been put in park until next year, despite being in the fast lane for the past several months. Confronted with limited floor time and a number of concerns raised during Sen. John Thune’s (R-SD) attempt to hotline the bill, AV START (S.

AV Bills Are Gathering Momentum Once Again

November 16, 2017 – ETW has learned from representatives of industry and advocacy groups engaged in the process that the AV START Act might be “hotlined” before the end of the month.

House, Senate AV Bills Hit Recess Roadblocks As Skeptics Dig In

August 24, 2017 Shortly before Congress left for recess, the House Energy & Commerce passed an automated vehicle (AV) regulation bill by an almost unheard-of margin of 54 to 0. Legislators and the audience alike clapped and shook hands after the unanimous vote, which followed a healthy serving of bipartisan backslapping.

More Transportation Nominees Move Through Senate

August 4, 2017 – At an executive session on August 2, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved four of President Trump’s nominees to positions at USDOT. Two of those made it into the traditional pre-August-recess en bloc package of dozens of nominations approved by the Senate on August 3.

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