June 4, 2015 – Last Friday, President Obama made two long-awaited nominations for senior safety regulatory positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Sarah Feinberg (the acting Federal Railroad Administrator) has been nominated for the head job at FRA, and Marie Therese Dominguez (currently helping oversee the Army Corps of Engineers) has been nominated to run the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
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June 4, 2015 – On Friday evening (May 29), President Obama signed into law the second short-term extension of the MAP-21 law (the bill H.R. 2353). The bill is now Public Law 114-21.
SAP issued June 1, 2015 Veto-worthy (1): “The President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto H.R. 2577 and any other legislation that implements the current Republican budget framework, which blocks the investments needed for our economy … Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.
April 20, 2015 – The White House this week issued veto threats against the first two fiscal 2016 appropriations bills to move through the House of Representatives. The veto threats use identical language and rationale suggesting that the President will issue similar veto threats against all appropriations bills that are consistent with the spending totals in the Budget Control Act, including the Transportation-HUD bill.
January 21, 2015 – President Obama gave his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress last night and once again urged the prompt enactment of a comprehensive infrastructure spending bill, to be paid for by closing business tax loopholes and repatriating the overseas earnings of U.S. corporations, not by increasing excise taxes on surface transportation system users.
Despite the fact that we are about 600 days away from the actual election, another Presidential campaign is underway. While this could mean a national debate on several critical issues, transportation is not likely to be one of them. But this should not be and does not have to be the case.
February 2, 2015 – This is a preliminary Eno Transportation Weekly Express update on the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2016, submitted to Congress earlier today. There will be much (much) more detailed coverage in the regular issue of ETW to come later this week, but this should tide readers over until then. This update has three sections: a brief “macro” overview of the entire budget; then a brief summary of the surface transportation reauthorization proposal, and then some brief highlights of the 2016-only budget request.
November 20, 2014 – As the USDOT nomination backlog at the White House builds, President Obama in recent days has nominated a new head for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and has re-nominated the existing head of the Surface Transportation Board.
November 10, 2014 – Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo announced last week that he will be leaving FRA at the end of the year to return home to Chicago and work with the local planning agency. Szabo’s departure will add to a burgeoning vacancy list at the top of the USDOT modal administrations.