Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Jeff Davis
FRA, Rail
FRA Asks for Applicants for $244M in FY19 Rail Grants

August 19, 2019 – This week, the Federal Railroad Administration announced the availability of $252.5 million in fiscal year 2019 funding for rail capital improvement grants under the CRISI program (Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements) established by the FAST Act in 49 U.S.C. §22907.

Stacks of Money
Appropriations, FY20
Appropriations Work Continues (Behind the Scenes) Over August Recess

August 16, 2019 – It may be a quiet Congressional recess in most places around the nation’s capital, but work continues in some circles on the fiscal 2020 appropriations process, focusing on three areas: drafting an initial stopgap continuing resolution, making most of the hard choices on the Senate appropriations bills, and giving initial thought to how to downsize some of the House appropriations bills.

moody picture of a semi truck
Freight, Highways, safety, Trucking
DOT Issues Amendments to Truck/Bus Driver Hours of Service Rules

August 16, 2019 – This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a proposed rule that would implement some long-expected changes in the federal rules that govern the consecutive and cumulative hours of service (HOS) that commercial vehicle drivers are allowed to work.

sepia tone photo of empty us senate chamber
Appropriations, Budget, FY20, Nominations, safety
Senate Adjourns for 5 Weeks After Clearing Budget Deal, Nominees

August 1, 2019 – A week after the House of Representatives left town for the remainder of the summer, the U.S. Senate followed suit today, after clearing the bipartisan two-year budget deal and over 60 nominees (including two National Transportation Safety Board nominees). The chamber will be in recess until Monday, September 9.

Highways, Surface Reauthorization
Senate EPW Committee Approves 5-Year Highway Bill

July 30, 2019 – This morning, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved, by a 23 to 0 vote, a five-year highway program reauthorization bill containing $287 billion in Highway Trust Fund contract authority and authorizing an additional $5.7 billion in general fund appropriations.

Highways, Surface Reauthorization
Summary of Senate ATIA Highway Bill (Base Text)

July 29, 2019 – This is a summary of the draft highway bill released by the Senate EPW Committee this morning, the “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019,” in anticipation of tomorrow’s markup session.

Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Surface Reauthorization
Senate to Mark Up Highway Reauthorization Bill With 17% First-Year Funding Increase

July 26, 2019 – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is preparing to mark up a draft five-year federal-aid highway program reauthorization bill on July 30 that will provide a first-year increase in Federal Highway Administration contract authority for fiscal 2021 that is about 17 percent higher than the fiscal 2020 amount provided by the FAST Act of 2015.

Appropriations, Budget, FY10
House Passes 2-Year Budget/Debt Limit Deal

July 25, 2019 The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, by a roll call vote of 284 to 149 at 5:12 p.m. The party split was as follows: Yes No Dem. 219 16 Repub. 65 132 Ind… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.

Freight, Highways, USDOT
USDOT Announces 20 More INFRA Grants for FY19

July 25, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the recipients of the fiscal year 2019 round of INFRA grant funding provided by the FAST Act of 2015, with 20 projects totaling $856 million in federal funds.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of July 29, 2019

Tuesday, July 30 – Senate Environment and Public Works – full committee markup of a draft highway reauthorization bill and S. 1992, repealing the July 1, 2020 highway rescission – 9:00 a.m., SD-406 Dirksen.

Appropriations, Budget, FY20
Negotiators Say They Are Close to Two-Year Spending Caps and Debt Limit Deal

July 19, 2019 – Congressional leaders are frantically negotiating with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin (and, possibly, other Trump Administration officials) on a two-year debt ceiling increase that would also increase the Budget Control Act’s ceilings on defense and non-defense appropriations for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

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