Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Jeff Davis
House Failure To Pass 6-Month FAA Extension Provokes Questions

September 25, 2017 -10:30 p.m. The U.S. House of Representatives this evening failed to pass extending Federal Aviation Administration programs and Airport and Airway Trust Fund taxes and spending authority for six months. The vote was held under the expedited “suspension of the rules” procedure which requires a two-thirds vote for passage, and the roll […]

Capitol Hill Events – Week of September 25, 2017

Tuesday, September 26 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment – subcommittee hearing on stakeholder perspectives on water infrastructure needs (witness list to be posted here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn. POSTPONED – Wednesday, September 27 –  House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on  Highways and Transit – subcommittee hearing on stakeholder perspectives on […]

FHWA, Nominations, PHMSA, Transition
White House Nominates FHWA, PHMSA Administrators

September 14, 2017 – President Trump has nominated Paul Trombino III to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and Howard “Skip” Elliott to be Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration.

FHWA, FY17, Highways
FHWA Gives States $3.1B in Extra FY17 Highway Funding

September 8, 2017 – The Federal Highway Administration on August 31 gave state departments of transportation an extra $3.1 billion in obligation authority for the federal-aid highways program for fiscal year 2017 – the annual “August redistribution.” States have until September 26 to obligate the extra money.

FY17 TIGER Grant Applications Solicited

September 8, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a formal notice announcing the availability of $480 million in TIGER grants for surface transportation projects using funding appropriated in the fiscal 2017 omnibus appropriations act. Applications are due by 8 p.m. Eastern time on October 16, 2017.

Appropriations, CR, Disasters, FY18, WIFIA
Congress Clears $15B in Harvey Aid, Extends FY18 Appropriations and Debt Ceiling to Dec. 8

September 8, 2017 – Both chambers of Congress have cleared legislation that extends government-wide appropriations until December 8 and which suspends the statutory ceiling on the public debt until the same date. The legislation also provides $15.25 billion in emergency fiscal 2017 supplemental appropriations for relief from the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

House Disposes of Transportation Amendments to FY18 Appropriations

September 6, 2017 – 11:25 p.m. The U.S. House of Representatives has completed consideration of amendments to the Transportation-HUD portion of the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 (H.R. 3354). Debate on, and amendments to, other p… This content is for Eno members only. Sign In Sign in to your Eno account below or […]

Appropriations, Disasters, FY17
House Advances Initial Harvey Aid Bill; Senate May Attach Debt Ceiling Hike, FY18 CR

September 6, 2017 – 2:45 p.m. Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed the initial installment of emergency supplemental appropriations for relief from the effects of Hurricane Harvey – $7.85 billion. The bill passed by a roll call vote … This content is for Eno members only. Sign In Sign in to your Eno account below […]

Capitol Hill Events – Week of September 11, 2017

POSTPONED – Tuesday, September 12 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation – subcommittee hearing on Coast Guard stakeholder perspectives on infrastructure (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn – POSTPONED due to Hurricane Irma. POSTPONED – Tuesday, September 12 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, […]

Appropriations, FY18, Homeland Security, THUD, USDOT
Debate Terms Set for Transportation, Homeland Portions of FY18 Omnibus Appropriations

September 6, 2017 – 12:15 a.m. – The House Rules Committee at 10:45 p.m. last night approved terms for debate for the Department of Transportation and Department of Homeland Security portions of the omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2018 (H.R. 3354). The text of the rule for the special procedures is here. The rule is House Resolution 500.

Appropriations, ATC, Autonomous Vehicles, Aviation, FAA, FY17, FY18
Congress Faces Busy September On Spending, Debt, AVs, Aviation

September 5, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. – Congress returns to the nation’s capital today (the House at 2 p.m.; the Senate at 3 p.m.) for a busy month’s work. The House is scheduled to vote on omnibus FY 2018 appropriations, the first tranche of FY 2017 relief for areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey, and the first federal legislation regulating autonomous vehicles this week. Later this month, the House may take up legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAST Act, Infrastructure, Project Delivery
Trump Issues (Another) Executive Order on Project Delivery

August 24, 2017 – On August 15, President Trump issued Executive Order 13807, his second attempt at imposing prompter deadlines on the cumbersome, multi-agency process of approving the federal permitting of infrastructure projects.

Infrastructure, Transition
President’s Infrastructure Council Dissolved – If It Ever Existed

August 24, 2017 – As part of the backlash against President Trump’s remarks relating to the Charlottesville, Virginia rioting, the White House will not be moving forward with a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure – but it is not clear if this means that a new council will not be created, or an existing council will be disbanded.

FTA, Mass Transit, New Starts, Transit
USDOT to Sign Maryland Purple Line Agreement

August 24, 2017 – The Trump Administration will sign a grant agreement promising $572 million in future federal appropriations for the Maryland Purple Line light rail project, Governor Larry Hogan (R) announced this week.