February 14, 2019 – At nine minutes to midnight last night, a $325 billion omnibus appropriations bill was introduced and will get votes in the House and Senate tonight and tomorrow, possibly averting another government shutdown.
Eno Transportation Weekly
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.”
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.
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.
February 8, 2019 – This week, President Trump gave an interview to local journalists where he appeared to say that money for the $11+ billion Hudson River Tunnel has already been “set aside.”
February 8, 2019 – Yesterday, progressive Members of Congress introduced a non-binding resolution calling on Congress to adopt a “Green New Deal.”
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).
February 8, 2019 – Here are two simple charts that show the totality of the Highway Trust Fund spending and revenue situation from 1957 to the present.
February 4, 2019 – Here is a list of every mention of transportation, infrastructure, highways, transit, rail, aviation, and waterways made by Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump in the last 20 State of the Union addresses, 1999-2018.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
January 31, 2019 – As predicted in ETW, the enactment of the continuing resolution that ended the government shutdown is forcing the Federal Highway Administration to take back $23 billion in highway spending authority from state DOTs.
January 31, 2019 – Projections for transportation excise tax receipts are up substantially in several areas in the new CBO ten-year baseline projections.
January 31, 2019 – The new CBO budget forecast allows us to estimate how much money would be raised by proposals to increase gasoline and diesel fuel taxes.
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.
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.
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.