Final Defense Bill Bans New Purchases of Mass Transit Vehicles from Chinese Companies – After 2-Year Delay

ISSUE / Week of December 9, 2019

  • December 09,2019 |

    Final Defense Bill Bans New Purchases of Mass Transit Vehicles from Chinese Companies – After 2-Year Delay

    Transit
    After weeks of delay, Congressional negotiators at 9:30 p.m. released the text of the final House-Senate conference agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019 (S. 1790), which...
  • December 13,2019 |

    Final FY20 Appropriations Agreement Reached

    Appropriations,FY20
    Yesterday, the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees announced that they had reached a final agreement on the twelve general appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020. The...
House Hearing Cites Faulty FAA Risk Calculations on 737 MAX
Aircraft,Airlines,Aviation Safety

House Hearing Cites Faulty FAA Risk Calculations on 737 MAX

Another hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week looked more deeply at decisions made by the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing prior to the second fatal...

Flying with Drone Regulations
Aviation,Unmanned Aerial Systems

Flying with Drone Regulations

As the Eno Center for Transportation assesses the challenges of safely integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the airspace of the United States, we are studying how operators interact with...

Senate Committee Approves Several Aviation Bills
Air Traffic Control,Airports,Aviation Workforce

Senate Committee Approves Several Aviation Bills

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on December 11 approved five aviation-related pieces of legislation. War risk insurance extension. The committee approved a bill (S. 2964)...

DOT Releases Updated Highway-Transit-Freight Conditions and Performance Report
Highways,Transit,Trucking,USDOT

DOT Releases Updated Highway-Transit-Freight Conditions and Performance Report

A long-awaited new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation was quietly released last week (two years late) and indicates that the U.S. is already spending enough money on highway capital...

GAO Issues New Reports on Essential Air Service, Airline Oversales
Airlines,Airports

GAO Issues New Reports on Essential Air Service, Airline Oversales

The FAA reauthorization law enacted on October 5, 2018 mandated, by our count, 119 new studies or reports to be submitted to Congress, many of which had unrealistic deadlines attached. The U.S....

The Gas Tax Versus Inflation – Two Measures
Highway Trust Fund

The Gas Tax Versus Inflation – Two Measures

How much buying power has the federal gasoline tax lost over the years, and how have consumers felt past gasoline taxes in their daily lives? I have seen several different analyses from...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of December 15, 2019

Capitol Hill Events – Week of December 15, 2019

Monday, December 15 – House Rules – full committee hearing to set rules for debate on the SALT tax deduction restoration bill and (hopefully) final fiscal 2020 appropriations measures – 5:00...

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