Category: Federal Legislation

Cornyn et al Chinese-Manufactured Rolling Stock Ban Legislation

This is the text of the bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 14, 2019 by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) banning the use of federal funds for the purchase of mass transit rolling stock from manufacturers owned by Chinese-based companies (and withholding federal transit funds from agencies that use their own money to purchase such rolling stock). The legislation has a grandfather clause for rail rolling stock purchase contracts entered into before the enactment of the legislation.

Lowey FY20 Earmark Dear Colleague

This is a “Dear Colleague” letter from Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY). chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, dated February 28, 2019 (but not released until the following day). It notifies House members that she does not expect fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills produced by her committee to contain earmarks.

Status of Major Transportation and Public Works Legislation, 116th Congress

Updated May 10, 2019

Bill Latest House Action Latest Senate Action Final Action
FY 2020 Budget Resolution/Agreement H. Res. 293 deemed adopted by House 4/9/19 S. Con. Res. 12 reported in Senate 4/1/19
FY 2020 Transportation-HUD Appropriations
FY 2020 Homeland Security Appropriations
FY 2020 Energy and Water Development Appropriations House markup scheduled for 5/15/19
Infrastructure Initiative
Surface Transportation Reauthorization
Autonomous Vehicle Regulation
Water Resources Development Act

AV START Act – December 3, 2018 Revised Discussion Draft

This is the text of a revised “discussion draft” of S. 1885, the AV START Act, circulated by the staffs of Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) on December 3, 2018. The revised draft makes numerous changes in the version of S. 1885 that was reported from committee¬†last year.

This version should be read alongside the accompanying five-page summary of the changes made in the discussion draft.

1978 Conable-Gibbons Amendment to the Highway Bill

This PDF is a series of documents relating to a proposed amendment in the House Ways and Means Committee to the revenue title of the highway bill in 1978. Drafted (at the Department of Transportation’s request) by Reps. Barber Conable (R-NY) and Sam Gibbons (D-FL), the amendment would have put the Highway Trust Fund on a form of “accrual accounting” and ensured that each year’s new funding authorizations were reduced to that upcoming year’s estimated excise tax revenues.

The file includes:

  • The undated original text of the Conable-Gibbons amendment from spring 1978.
  • Projected Highway Trust Fund cash flow under the highway bill (H.R. 11733) as reported by the House Public Works and Transportation Committee.
  • A May 16, 1978 version of the Conable-Gibbons amendment, with Ways and Means staff analysis.
  • A May 17, 1978 letter from Transportation Secretary Adams, Treasury Secretary Blumenthal, and OMB Director McIntyre to Ways and Means chairman Ullman supporting Conable-Gibbons.
  • A May 19, 1978 letter from Public Works and Transportation chairman Johnson and ranking minority member Harsha opposing Conable-Gibbons.
  • The May 31, 1978 final version of the Conable-Gibbons amendment, with Ways and Means staff analysis.
  • A May 31, 1978 letter from Public Works chairman Johnson to Ways and Means chairman Ullman again opposing Conable-Gibbons.
  • A June 22, 1978 letter from Johnson, Harsha, Highways Subcommittee chairman Howard and ranking minority member Shuster to Ullman opposing Conable-Gibbons and including several pages of arguments against the amendment.
  • A July 12, 178 letter from Howard to Ullman explaining how he was going to offer an amendment reducing funding in H.R. 11733 and providing Public Works staff re-estimates of future Trust Fund cash flow under the amended bill.
  • Congressional Budget Office projected Trust Fund cash flow under Howard’s amendment.
  • Congressional Budget Office projected Trust Fund cash flow under the Conable-Gibbons amendment.
  • A July 31, 1978 letter from OMB Director McIntyre to Gibbons reiterating support for the Conable-Gibbons amendment.

Readers are encouraged to download the file and open it in a PDF reader so they can use the bookmark tab to move between documents.

Reproduced from the files of the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Public Works and Transportation at the National Archives.

1958 FAA Act – White House Enrolled Bill File

This is the enrolled bill file prepared by the Bureau of the Budget on the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. The file contains a summary of the bill prepared by BoB and letters from all relevant federal agencies expressing their opinions on whether or not President Eisenhower should sign the bill into law. He did sign it into law, on August 23, 1958, creating an independent Federal Aviation Agency.


Federal Capital Revolving Fund Act of 2018

Draft legislation transmitted by the Office of Management and Budget to Congress in June 2018 creating a¬†Federal Capital Revolving Fund to help the Appropriations Committees make large federal real estate purchases at once, to be repaid out of annual appropriations over 15 years. Together with OMB’s section-by-section analysis.

Senate Manager’s Package of Amendments to H.R. 6147 (Second Minibus Appropriations, FY19)

This is a PDF of the text of all of the amendments adopted by the U.S. Senate on the evening of July 31, 2018 as part of a bipartisan “manager’s package” of amendments to H.R. 6147, the vehicle for the second “minibus” package of appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019. Annual appropriations bills included in this package are Interior/Environment, Financial Services/General Government, Agriculture, and Transportation-HUD.

This package includes the modified Cornyn amendment on China rail car procurement.

May 2017 US District Court Opinion in AAR v. DOT

This is the March 23, 2017 opinion of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the seemingly never-ending case of Association of American Railroads v. Department of Transportation. This decision, on remand back down from the Supreme Court through the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, formally declared section 207 of the 2008 PRIIA rail law void and unconstitutional and formally vacated the May 12, 2010 FRA metrics and standards for intercity passenger rail service.

1971 Nixon Proposal to Create a Department of Community Development

This is the full justification document for President Nixon’s 1971 proposal to create a new Cabinet-level Department of Community Development which would have contained all of the previous Department of Housing and Urban Development, plus the Federal Highway Administration, the Urban Mass Transit Administration, the highway safety grant program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rural development programs of the Agriculture Department, and sundry other programs and agencies.

September 1968 DOT-HUD Memorandum of Understanding

This is the text of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Transportation Secretary Alan Boyd and HUD Secretary Robert Weaver on September 9 and 10, 1968 (respectively) and announced by DOT in a September 13 press release.

The MOU outlined the new cooperative relationship between DOT and HUD on urban transportation planning and project approvals necessitated by the transfer of the federal mass transit program from HUD to DOT earlier that year pursuant to Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1968.

April 1968 House Hearings on Moving Mass Transit from HUD to DOT

This is a copy of the printed hearings held by a subcommittee of the House Government Operations Committee on April 22, 1968. The subject was Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1968, which proposed to move responsibility for federal mass transit activities from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Department of Transportation.

Witnesses include Deputy Director of the Bureau of the Budget Phillip Hughes, Secretary of Transportation Alan Boyd, and Under Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Robert Wood.


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