Year-End FY19 Appropriations Bill Passes Congress, Averts Shutdown; Trump Declares Border Emergency

ISSUE / Week of February 11, 2019

  • February 15,2019

    Year-End FY19 Appropriations Bill Passes Congress, Averts Shutdown; Trump Declares Border Emergency

    Appropriations,Federal Funding
    February 15, 2019 Yesterday, both chambers of Congress passed a $325 billion appropriations measure, which President Trump signed the bill into law at about 2 p.m. today, that will prevent any...
  • February 12,2019

    Calif. Governor Scales Back Commitment to Statewide High Speed Rail

    Federal Funding,Governance
    February 12, 2019 Earlier today, new governor of California, Gavin Newsom (D), told state legislators in his first "State of the State" address that he was backing away from plans to build a high...
Why the California Bullet Train Project Failed: 7 “Worst Practices”
Federal Funding,Governance,High-Speed Rail,Rail,Railroads,State Governance

Why the California Bullet Train Project Failed: 7 “Worst Practices”

February 13, 2019 California Governor Gavin Newsom (D)'s announcement yesterday that he was curtailing plans to construct a statewide high-speed rail system – instead only completing the Merced...

Senate Commerce Examines Infrastructure Needs
Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Freight,Fuel tax,Governance,Ports,Rail,Railroads,Trucking

Senate Commerce Examines Infrastructure Needs

February 14, 2019 Yesterday, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, convened a hearing titled, “America’s Infrastructure Needs: Keeping...

Final FY19 Homeland Bill Increases TSA, Coast Guard Operational Budgets
Airports,Appropriations,Aviation Safety,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Homeland security,Maritime

Final FY19 Homeland Bill Increases TSA, Coast Guard Operational Budgets

February 15, 2019 The final fiscal 2019 appropriations package that passed Congress yesterday appropriates a net $49.4 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (excluding the FEMA disaster...

DeFazio, Larsen Propose Bill to Insulate FAA from Shutdowns
Airports,Appropriations,Aviation,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance

DeFazio, Larsen Propose Bill to Insulate FAA from Shutdowns

February 13, 2019 Last week, House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Aviation Subcommittee chairman Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 1108) to allow the...

CNN/NYT: Jeff Rosen to Leave DOT to Be Deputy Attorney General
Federal Governance,Governance

CNN/NYT: Jeff Rosen to Leave DOT to Be Deputy Attorney General

February 15, 2019 Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed William Barr for a second time to be Attorney General of the United States by a vote of 54-45. Both CNN and The New York Times have...

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