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Articles by Jeff Davis
Appropriations, CR, FY18
CR Extension Through Feb. 16 Introduced in House

January 16, 2018 – 10:07 p.m. Earlier this evening, House leaders unveiled the latest legislative attempt to keep the federal government running past the expiration of most appropriations at midnight on January 19. This legislation, to be consider… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.

Appropriations, CR, FY18
4-Week CR Likely As Budget Talks Continue

January 12, 2018 – With Congress staring down a fiscal year 2018 appropriations expiration date of January 19, yet another stopgap continuing resolution (CR) will come to the House floor next week. 

FHWA, Financing, TIFIA
2017 TIFIA Loan Totals Top $4 Billion

January 12, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Transportation closed two more TIFIA loans in December, bringing the total loan volume for the Trump Administration’s first year to $4.1 billion.

House T&I Committee
House Transportation Chairman Shuster to Retire

January 10, 2018 – Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA), the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced on January 2 that he will not seek re-election to the House this year and will retire at the end of this term.

Nominations, Senate
Trump Renominates OST-R, Amtrak Nominees

January 10, 2018 – President Trump on January 8 renominated Diana Furchgott-Roth to be Assistant Secretary of Transportation For Research and Technology and Lynn Westmoreland to be a Member of the Amtrak Board of Directors.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of January 15, 2018

Wednesday, January 17 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation – subcommittee hearing on the U.S.-flagged maritime industry (witness list to be posted here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Upcoming Capitol Hill Events – January 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – full committee field hearing on “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies” (witness list to be posted here) – 10:00 a.m., Washington Convention Center (West Salon Room), Washington D.C.

Amtrak, FRA, Gateway, Nominations, Senate, USDOT
Schumer Blocks Rail Safety Nominee

December 22, 2017 – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) again blocked the nomination of Ronald Batory to become the nation’s head safety regulator as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

Appropriations, Disasters, FY18, Highways, Transit
House GOP Almost Doubles Hurricane Aid Package

December 22, 2017 – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed an $81 billion package of emergency supplemental appropriations for hurricane and wildfire relief by a vote of 251 to 169.

Bridges, FHWA, Highways
How Has Federal Bridge Policy Changed Since the I-35W Collapse?

January 15, 2017 – Today was the 50th anniversary of the deadliest highway bridge disaster in U.S. history – the collapse of the “Silver Bridge” between Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, Ohio, which killed 46 people. Ten years ago, in the wake of another fatal bridge collapse, Congress seemed on the verge of expanding the existing highway bridge program, but over the next five years, attitudes towards how to best deal with the problems of bridge safety and capacity turned completely around and led to the MAP-21 law abolishing the bridge program entirely in favor of a more holistic performance-based highway-and-bridge asset management program.

FHWA, Nominations
Trombino Withdraws as FHWA Nominee

December 14, 2017 – Paul Trombino, President Trump’s widely hailed pick to run the Federal Highway Administration, withdrew his name from consideration for the post this week, citing the need to stay in Iowa near his ailing father.

Appropriations, CR, FY18
CR to January 19 Filed, but Appropriations Endgame Still Unclear

January 15, 2017 – This week, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation (H. J. Res. 124) that would appropriate $663 billion for the Defense Department for fiscal year 2018 and would fund the rest of the government on a continuing, stopgap basis until January 19, 2018. But it is unlikely that this legislation, as is, has the votes needed to pass the Senate next week.