May 25, 2017 – On May 19, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) codified rulemaking to establish new performance management requirements as required under the 2012 and 2015 surface transportation bills, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
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May 25, 2017 – This week’s FY 2018 budget included a statement of principles for the President’s infrastructure initiative and a $200 billion placeholder.
May 25, 2017 – The President’s Budget for fiscal year 2018 requests a gross total of $16.157 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration in 2018, reduced by a requested $31.2 million rescission of old procurement balances. The budget also requests fundamental changes in the Essential Air Service airline subsidy program, which is administered by the Secretary of Transportation, not the FAA.
May 25, 2017 – President Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2018 would give the U.S. Department of Transportation a total of $76.0 billion in gross budgetary resources.
May 25, 2017 – The budget request for fiscal 2018 largely spares Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Coast Guard programs from cuts. However, the budget does propose to cut port security and mass transit security grants in half.
May 25, 2017 – In a budget cycle where significant cuts to discretionary spending programs are the rule, the President’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018 is actually fairly favorable to water infrastructure programs (all things considered).
May 25, 2017 – The 2018 budget requests $11.226 billion in total resources for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The full $9.733 billion in spending from the Highway Trust Fund for formula grants is requested. But where general fund spending for transit is concerned, the request for FTA Capital Investment Grants is cut almost in half from the level authorized in the FAST Act – from $2.3 billion to $1.2 billion.
May 24, 2017 – Along with the rest of the budget documents, the White House released its annual report on the sequestration of mandatory budget resources for fiscal year 2018 caused by the failure of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction to find any deficit reduction back in 2012.
May 24, 2017 – The President’s 2018 budget proposes massive transfers of funding from non-defense programs to defense programs over the next decade.
May 25, 2017 – On May 23, President Trump submitted his full budget request for fiscal year 2018 to Congress and the public.
May 25, 2017 – The FY 2018 budget request from the Trump Administration calls for steep cuts in federal grants to Amtrak, with the intent to eliminate federal support for Amtrak’s long-distance routes. The budget would also reduce support for new intercity rail grant programs created by the FAST Act of 2015 below levels appropriated earlier this month in the 2017 omnibus appropriations law.
May 25, 2017 – The President’s budget fulfills all FAST Act authorizations for highway funding in 2018 but promises cuts and delays starting in 2019.
May 25, 2017 – The FY 2018 Budget fulfills FAST Act promises from the Highway Trust Fund but only gives half of the funding authorized from the general fund.
May 24, 2017 – President Trump’s version of air traffic control reform would also lower excise taxes on aviation by amounts that significantly exceed the savings achieved by taking ATC expenses out of the federal budget.
May 23, 2017 – The Office of Management and Budget has released President Trump’s first budget request, covering fiscal year 2018 and the 10-year 2018-2027 period.