Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Jeff Davis
House T&I Committee, Infrastructure
House T&I Kicks Off 2019 With Infrastructure Hearing

February 9, 2019 – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the 116thCongress formally kicked off its work yesterday with a marathon seven-hour hearing entitled “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait.”

FHWA, Nominations
Nason Nomination to FHWA Advances in Senate

February 8, 2019 – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week voted to recommend that the Senate confirm Nicole Nason to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

FTA, Rail, Transit
WMATA Urges Congressional Action on Railcar Supply Concerns, As EU Rejects Siemens-Alstom Merger

February 8, 2019 – This week, the director of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) told Congress that he has ordered the strengthening of cybersecurity requirements for its new transit procurement, but said that further attempts to ensure the survival of a domestic railcar manufacturing industry should come in the form of Congress passing a law.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of February 11, 2019

Wednesday, February 13 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing on the impact of the government shutdown on aviation (witness list to be posted here) – 10:00 a.m., HVC-210, Capitol Visitors Center (not the usual committee room).

Appropriations, FY19
Shutdown Over, but No Final FY19 Deal in Sight Yet

February 1, 2019 – The five-week shutdown of large swaths of the federal government has ended, but hopes for finishing the appropriations process for fiscal year 2019 hinges on progress on the Homeland Security appropriations bill, now before a House-Senate conference committee.

House Appropriations Committee, House Homeland Security Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Banking Committee, Senate Commerce Committee, Senate EPW Committee
Subcommittee Leadership and Rosters Continue to be Named

February 1, 2019 – This week, complete subcommittee memberships for House Appropriations and Senate Commerce were named, along with some key subcommittee chairmen and ranking members elsewhere.

Trump Orders Buy America Rules Applied to Federal Loans and Insurance

February 2, 2019 – Yesterday, President Trump signed a new executive order that orders federal agencies to expand Buy America requirements beyond what is currently required by law and apply such rules to all “federal financial assistance,” including recipients of federal loans, loan guarantees, and insurance. It also expands Buy America’s reach to domestically produced aluminum (the laws focus on iron and steel).

Capitol Hill Events – Week of February 4, 2019

Tuesday, February 5 – Senate Environment and Public Works – full committee business meeting to vote on pending business including the nomination of Nicole Nason to be Federal Highway Administrator (full agenda here) – 10:00 a.m., SD-406 Dirksen.

Budget, FY20
New Forecast Delays Arrival of Trillion-Dollar Deficits

January 31, 2019 – The new CBO baseline delays the anticipated arrival of trillion-dollar budget deficits by a year (compared to last year’s forecast), which may allow Congress to avoid hard decisions on spending and revenues for another year or two.

CBO Issues Update of Highway Trust Fund Forecast

January 28, 2019 – The Congressional Budget Office today issued a revised Highway Trust Fund forecast estimating that about $165 billion in new taxes or bailout transfers will be necessary to keep the Trust Fund solvent at baseline spending levels for the next decade.

Appropriations, CR, FY19
Government to Reopen Through Feb. 15

January 25, 2019 -President Trump today reversed course and agreed to sign a short-term continuing appropriations resolution reopening the federal government while negotiations continue on homeland security funding and U.S.-Mexico border issues.

Appropriations, FY19
Talks to End Shutdown Resume After Failed Senate Votes

January 25, 2019 – As the partial lapse-of-appropriations government shutdown gets ready to enter its fifth week – and with today marking the second consecutive paycheck that many federal employees have missed – Congressional leaders appear to have made the first real progress yesterday in negotiating a possible end to the shutdown, after the U.S. Senate proved that neither the current Republican plan nor the current Democratic plan for ending the shutdown have the 60 votes necessary to pass.

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