December 21, 2018 – The House and Senate have adjourned for the evening, and can’t return until at least noon tomorrow, which will be twelve hours after large portions of the federal government – including the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security – run out of annual appropriations at midnight tonight.
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September 21, 2018 – Hopes that another four-bill package of appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2019, including the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill, could be signed into law before the elections are fading, despite more meetings of Appropriations Committee staffers to be held next week.
September 14, 2018 – House and Senate negotiators on a package of four fiscal 2019 appropriations bills, including the Transportation-HUD bill, met yesterday but were unable to complete negotiations, citing numerous policy provisions still in disagreement. It now appears likely that Department of Transportation programs will be funded starting October 1 by a short-term continuing resolution (introduced yesterday), at least for a while.
September 6, 2018 – Congressional negotiators continue to make progress on the fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills – progress that would have been just an average budget cycle in the 1980s or 1990s but which is positively spectacular in this dysfunctional age.
August 3, 2018 – The U.S. Senate this week passed a package of four appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019, including the annual Transportation-HUD bill. The package, which passed by a roll call vote of 92 to 6, provides $154 billion in discretionary funding, $130 billion in mandatory funding and $60 billion in obligation limitations on transportation contract authority.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 8:40 p.m. – The U.S. Senate has reached an agreement that will ensure several amendment votes and a final passage vote tomorrow on the four-bill “minibus” appropriations measure for fiscal 2019 (H.R. 6147), which includes the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill.
July 27, 2018 – A deal on amendments to the four-bill “minibus” appropriations package that includes the Transportation-HUD bill proved elusive yesterday, and Senators left town for the weekend pledging to finish consideration of the bill next week.
Summary and status of all transportation-related amendments filed to the Senate version of the FY 2019 Transportation Appropriations Act during the week of July 23, 2018.
July 20, 2018 – On Monday evening, the U.S. Senate will begin consideration of a four-bill “minibus” package of appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019, including the Transportation-HUD funding bill.
June 6, 2018 – The Senate Transportation-Housing Appropriations Subcommittee this morning approved, by voice vote, a draft bill appropriating a net $71.4 billion for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year 2019. As is the usual practice, the subcommittee markup session was brief (just over 15 minutes), gave out few details, and featured a lot of positive statements and no amendments.
May 31, 2018 – The fiscal 2019 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill is scheduled to move through committee in the Senate next week and could move to the House floor as part of a “minibus” bill package as soon as the week after.
May 24, 2018 – Yesterday evening, the House Appropriations Committee amended and approved a draft bill providing $88.8 billion in funding for the U.S.
December 6, 2017 – The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation have determined that the provision in the Senate’s Transportation-HUD appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 that would increase the maximum allowable airport passenger facility charge (PFC) will, if enacted, reduce federal tax receipts by $944 million over the next ten years.
September 8, 2017 – Debate in the House of Representatives on the omnibus appropriation bill for fiscal year 2018 (H.R.
September 6, 2017 – 12:15 a.m. – The House Rules Committee at 10:45 p.m. last night approved terms for debate for the Department of Transportation and Department of Homeland Security portions of the omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2018 (H.R. 3354). The text of the rule for the special procedures is here. The rule is House Resolution 500.
The following is a list of the amendments related to transportation and infrastructure programs that have been filed with the House Rules Committee and posted online as of 10:00 a.m.
August 16, 2017 (updated August 24 with amendments) – This morning, the House Rules Committee announced a deadline of 10 a.m.
(July 20 note: this article has been updated with more detailed analysis of aviation, mass transit, and autonomous vehicle provisions of the committee report.)
January 18, 2017 – Last week, the House of Representatives finished naming its new members to its standing committees for the new 115th Congress, and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) took the chair of the Senate Aviation Subcommittee.
June 23, 2016 – As expected, the final version of what had been the fiscal 2017 Transportation-HUD-Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill (with a package of supplemental 2016 funding to fight the Zika virus attached) that was filed last night and passed the House in the wee hours of this morning dropped all reference to Transportation-HUD funding.