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Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Jeff Davis
Capitol Hill Events – Week of June 17, 2019

Tuesday, June 18 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – Subcommittee on Security – subcommittee hearing on drone security, focusing on enhancing innovation and mitigating supply chain risks (witness list here) – 2:30 p.m., SD-562 Dirksen.

Credit Programs
CBO Says Fair Value Accounting Would Greatly Increase Cost of TIFIA, WIFIA Loans

June 7, 2019 – A new report issued May 30 by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that if the federal government were to start using “fair value accounting” to estimate the “market risk” of federal loan programs, the cost to the government of making a TIFIA surface transportation loan would increase nearly fivefold – and the cost of making a loan under the new WIFIA water infrastructure loan program would increase twentyfive-fold.

Highways, Traffic
Trends in Per Capita VMT

June 7, 2019 – Per capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the United States is now at 9,880 miles per person, up for the fourth year in a row. But the trends in per capita VMT since 1981 have not been distributed evenly across all states.

Appropriations, FY20
Corps of Engineers Funding Moving as Part of First “Minibus” Appropriations Package

June 7, 2019 – The House of Representatives will begin floor consideration of the fiscal 2020 appropriations bill this week, starting with a five-bill “minibus” package based on the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill (H.R. 2740). The Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, which includes the budget for the Army Corps of Engineers’ water resources program, has been incorporated as Division E of the package.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of June 10, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019 – House Rules – full committee hearing on the first, five-bill “minibus” appropriations package that includes FY 2020 Energy and Water appropriations (bill text here) – 5:00 p.m., H-313, The Capitol.

Earmarks
Senate Republicans Make Earmark Ban Permanent

May 24, 2019 – At a closed-door caucus meeting yesterday, Senate Republicans voted to make permanent their ban on allowing any of their GOP colleagues from requesting earmarks in spending, tax or tariff bills.

Infrastructure
Trump-Pelosi-Schumer Infrastructure Meeting Implodes

May 24, 2019 – The much-ballyhooed May 22 White House meeting between President Trump and Congressional Democrats was over almost as soon as it started, as the President called a halt to further discussions with Democrats because of their investigations of his Administration.

Highway Trust Fund, Highways
How Have Different State Populations Changed Their Gasoline Consumption?

May 21, 2019 – The behavior of motorists in the U.S. has changed a lot in the last 35 or so years, and these changes have led to a noticeable drop in per-capita gasoline usage in the 21st Century. But this decline has not been even across all states, and if Congress ever gets the Highway Trust Fund self-sufficient again and based largely on gasoline taxes, these discrepancies in state gasoline usage patterns could eventually have an effect on highway funding debates.

transit
House T&I Members Sound Skeptical of State-Owned Chinese Transportation Firms

May 17, 2019 – The full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing yesterday on the participation of state-owned entities in the public transportation and freight rail sectors. The clear focus was the impact that the state-owned Chinese rail company CRRC is having on the U.S. mass transit rail car market, and on the independently-owned but state-subsidized electric bus company BYD’s entrance into the transit bus market as well.

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