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.
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March 16, 2018 – Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) has joined a group of four other previously identified Senators in holding up Senate flood action on legislation regulating autonomous vehicles (S.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 8, 2017 – On November 30, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) initiated the “hotline” process for his and Sen.
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.
November 9, 2017 – The U.S.
October 27, 2017 – The backlog of transportation-related nominations in the U.S.
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.
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.
May 18, 2017 – The U.S. Senate on May 16 confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation by a mostly party-line roll call vote of 56 to 42.
January 24, 2017 – Senate Democrats held a press conference on January 24 to announce the outline of a plan for $1 trillion in federal infrastructure spending over ten years- from the U.S. Treasury, not from the leverage of private funds. New Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that he and his colleagues were challenging President Trump to go along with them, even over the objections of Republicans in Congress.
January 5, 2016 – This week, the full lineup of standing committees in the U.S. Senate for the new 115th Congress was announced and ratified.
Januar 3, 2017 – The House and Senate convene today at noon for the opening of the 115th Congress.
December 23, 2016 – Yesterday, incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced the full lineups of Democratic committee memberships for the upcoming 115th Congress.
December 16, 2016 – Once the 115th Congress convenes for the first time at noon on January 3, 2017, one of the first items of business that week will be to fill vacancies on the many committees of Congress.
November 16, 2016 – Representatives and Senators returned to Washington D.C.
November 9, 2016 – Democratic hopes of taking back control of the U.S. Senate were dashed last night as Republicans kept their losses to between one and two seats.