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.
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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).
Monday, November 13 – Senate Finance – full committee business meeting to mark up draft tax reform legislation – 3:00 p.m, room TBA. Thursday, November 16 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard – subcommittee hearing on Coast Guard readiness (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., SR-253 […]
November 10, 2017 – Yesterday afternoon, the House Ways and Means Committee approved a $1.5 trillion tax reform and rate reduction bill after a contentious four-day markup session. Then, last night, the Senate Finance Committee released the outline of its own plan, which the committee will consider on November 13.
November 9, 2017 – A bevy of proposals to increase transportation spending at the state and local level, either through new indebtedness or dedicated tax revenues (or through indebtedness to be repaid by dedicated tax revenues) were largely successful in the November 7 elections.
November 9, 2017 – Conspicuously absent from Congress’s pre-Thanksgiving agenda is any kind of final deal amending the Budget Control Act’s caps on discretionary appropriations for fiscal year 2018. The ramifications of this delay could include pushing enactment of a final appropriations package for fiscal 2018 into next January or February, which would in turn delay the FAST Act’s Highway Trust Fund apportionment increases for a month past that, and delay 2018 TIGER and other discretionary grants even longer.
November 9, 2017 – The U.S. Senate has made progress on the backlog of transportation-related nominations from President Trump in the last week.
November 3, 2017 – Yesterday, House Republican leaders stunned the infrastructure community yesterday when they released a mammoth tax reform bill (H.R. 1) which included elimination of private activity bonds (PABs), a popular financing tool for certain types of infrastructure.
November 3, 2017 For an updated calendar of major transportation and public works legislation of the 115th Congress, click here. (Updated with links to bill and report text.) For an updated calendar of pending transportation-related Presidential nominations, click here. For an updated table showing how the pace of transportation nominations in 2017 compares to that of other […]
Monday, November 6 – House Ways and Means – full committee business meeting to consider H.R. 1, the tax reform bill (markup will continue throughout the week as necessary) – 12:00 p.m., 1100 Longworth. Wednesday, November 8 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – full committee business meeting to consider a series of bills and […]
October 30, 2017 – Democratic leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee earlier today sent a letter to colleagues in the chamber, stating that the air traffic control corporatization bill passed by the committee earlier this year (H.R. 2997) would, if its latest public incarnation were enacted, trigger a new round of budgetary sequestration on the mandatory side of the budget that would threaten Medicare and other popular entitlement programs. They backed up their assertion with a memorandum dated October 13 from the nonpartisan and trusted Congressional Research Service.
October 27, 2017 For an updated calendar of major transportation and public works legislation of the 115th Congress, click here. (Updated with links to bill and report text.) For an updated calendar of pending transportation-related Presidential nominations, click here. For an updated table showing how the pace of transportation nominations in 2017 compares to that of other […]
October 27, 2017 – The House of Representatives approved the Senate-passed budget resolution for fiscal year 2018 yesterday, setting the stage for a quick “budget reconciliation” process that could allow major tax reform legislation to pass the Senate with only 50 votes instead of 60. The vote was 216 to 212 – 20 Republicans (from Amash to Zeldin) joined 192 Democrats in voting “no.”
October 27, 2017 – The backlog of transportation-related nominations in the U.S. Senate increased this week, with the nominees for Federal Highway Administrator and for Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) gaining committee approval and being placed on the Senate’s Executive Calendar.
October 27, 2017 – Year-end reporting shows that the federal government spent $93.9 billion on transportation in fiscal year 2017.
October 27, 2017 – This week, White House economic czar Gary Cohn broached the idea of an increase in federal gasoline and diesel fuel excise taxes as a possible “pay-for” for an infrastructure initiative.
Monday, October 30 – House Homeland Security – field hearing on physical security and cybersecurity at U.S. ports – 1:30 p.m., 2nd floor of the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, 424 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro. CA. Tuesday, October 31 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – full committee hearing on four transportation-related nominations […]
October 20, 2017 For an updated calendar of major transportation and public works legislation of the 115th Congress, click here. For an updated calendar of pending transportation-related Presidential nominations, click here. For an updated table showing how the pace of transportation nominations in 2017 compares to that of other recent first-year Administrations, click here.
October 18, 2017 – Last week, the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing to examine highway and transit stakeholder views on U.S. infrastructure needs.
October 20, 2017 – Last night, the Senate passed a fiscal 2018 budget blueprint after dropping House language on air traffic control reform at the last minute.