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.
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January 12, 2018 – White House staffers began briefing Capitol Hill on the forthcoming infrastructure plan this week, but hopes that the plan would be released the week of January 15 have been dashed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 12, 2018 – The aftermath of December’s fatal Amtrak Cascades train derailment in Washington State continues to keep the topic of positive train control (PTC) in the headlines.
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.
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.
December 22, 2017 For an updated status report of major transportation and infrastructure legislation in Congress, click here. For an updated calendar of transportation-related Presidential nominations, click here.
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.
December 22, 2017 – This week’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Washington State has brought the issue of positive train control (PTC), a technology that automatically activates the brakes of trains to meet speed limits or red lights, to the forefront of debate once again.
December 22, 2017 – Both chambers of Congress passed the massive tax cut legislation (H.R.
December 22, 2017 – Yesterday, the House and Senate passed legislation extending stopgap continuing appropriations through January 19, 2018, averting a possible pre-Christmas government shutdown at midnight tonight.
December 21, 2017 – At 11:32 p.m.
December 20, 2017 – The tax bill is through, but the appropriations endgame remains.
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.
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.
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.
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.