Eno Transportation Weekly

Guest Op-Ed: Resilient Infrastructure Can Help Us Adapt to a Warmer World

President Donald Trump has proclaimed November “Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month.” He is right to recognize the key role that infrastructure plays in assuring the nation’s health, security and prosperity. However, much of our critical infrastructure—especially transportation systems in coastal areas—is anything but resilient. We can change that by facing up to climate threats and designing our infrastructure accordingly.

Appropriations, Budget, FY18
Negotiators Work on FY18-19 Budget Deal to Allow FY18 Omnibus

November 21, 2017 – Congressional leaders are trying to negotiate another two-year budget deal by the end of this month to adjust the statutory caps on annual discretionary appropriations under the Budget Control Act to allow an omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2018 to be written and passed. Amounts under discussion would be an increase of over $90 billion per year from current law.

FMCSA, Trucking
FMCSA Adjusts Course on Electronic Logging Devices

November 21, 2017 – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is taking steps to ensure a smooth transition to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for commercial motor vehicles, agency officials announced yesterday.

Autonomous Vehicles, Cybersecurity, NHTSA
The Tortoise and the Hare: How Government and Industry Can Advance Automotive Cybersecurity Together

November 21, 2017 -A recent report from the R Street Institute (RSI) explores the challenges of automotive cybersecurity as well as the roles of public and private sector entities in protecting consumers. While the federal government and the auto industry already collaborate to minimize vulnerabilities and respond to threats, RSI provides actionable recommendations that the federal government can take to augment automakers’ cybersecurity efforts.

Bonds, Budget, Highways, Senate Finance Committee, Tax Reform
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.

DHS, FY18, Homeland Security, Senate Appropriations Committee
Senate Chairman Releases FY18 Homeland Appropriations Bill

November 21, 2017 – Late this afternoon, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the text of the draft “chairman’s mark” of the fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which contains many transportation-related programs and accounts.

Appropriations, Disasters, FY18, Highways
White House Requests $44B in Hurricane and Wildfire Aid, Suggests $1B Highway Rescission As an Offset

November 21, 2017 – On November 17, the White House Office of Management and Budget released the latest Trump Administration request for emergency supplemental appropriations for relief from the effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and of wildfires in the western U.S. The $44 billion request was transmitted in a 76-page letter which also had a 4-page attachment suggesting $59 billion in possible funding offsets, including another $1 billion rescission of federal-aid highway contract authority balances held by states.

Autonomous Vehicles, Senate
AV Bills Are Gathering Momentum Once Again

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. This is a process where the Senate Republican and Democratic cloakrooms ask all their member offices “if, at the close of business today, unanimous consent were asked to approve this bill/resolution/nomination, would your Senator object?”

Autonomous Vehicles, House Energy & Commerce Committee
Op-Ed: The Road Ahead for Self-Driving Car Legislation

We don’t have to accept a world where millions of accidents and tens of thousands of fatalities on the road are a necessary evil of driving. The SELF DRIVE Act is legislation I authored, and the House of Representatives passed, which will help ensure the safe and innovative development, testing, and deployment of self-driving cars across the country. Most important, these vehicles could make an incredible difference in making our roadways safer.

Bonds, Taxes
House Passes $1.5T Tax Reform Bill as Senate Committee Markup Continues

November 16, 2017 – The House of Representatives has passed a tax reform bill cutting total federal receipts by almost $1.5 trillion over the next ten years (H.R .1) by a vote of 227 to 205. Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee continued its markup of a companion bill today in a session that was expected to last well into the evening and possibly into tomorrow.

Gateway, Nominations, USDOT
Senate Confirms Two Senior USDOT Nominees

November 16, 2017 – The U.S. Senate confirmed two more high-level U.S. Department of Transportation appointees this week, bringing the number of Senate-confirmed Trump Administration appointees at USDOT to six (out of a possible 16).