Is Congress Running Out of Time to Bring Back Earmarks? (For FY20, At Least)

ISSUE / Week of February 25, 2019

  • March 01,2019

    Is Congress Running Out of Time to Bring Back Earmarks? (For FY20, At Least)

    Appropriations,Federal Funding
    [March 2 update - a few hours after this story was published on March 1, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee released a letter to colleagues (dated February 28 but not released to the...
  • March 01,2019

    Infrastructure and Climate Change – Balancing Government Dollars vs Market-Based Solutions

    Electric Vehicles,Environment
    March 1, 2019 On February 26, the full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to...
The Gas Tax At 100: Oregon Enacts America’s First-Ever Motor Fuel Tax, February 25, 1919
Federal Governance,Fuel tax,Governance,Highways,Streets

The Gas Tax At 100: Oregon Enacts America’s First-Ever Motor Fuel Tax, February 25, 1919

February 25, 2019 Last Friday, we published an article revealing that the federal government had indeed taxed gasoline briefly during the Civil War, but its only use then was as a fuel for lamps,...

Homeland Panel Examines Cyber Threats to Surface Transportation
Cybersecurity,Federal Governance,Governance,Homeland security,Pipelines,Public transit,Rail

Homeland Panel Examines Cyber Threats to Surface Transportation

March 1, 2019 On February 26, the House Homeland Security Committee held a joint hearing to look at ways to secure the U.S. surface transportation system from cyber attacks, including potential...

CBO Estimates New FY20-21 Spending Cap Levels
Appropriations,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance

CBO Estimates New FY20-21 Spending Cap Levels

March 1, 2019 This week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its estimates of what the Budget Control Act spending caps on discretionary appropriations will be in the upcoming...

$13.5 Billion Disaster Relief Appropriations Bill Introduced by Senate Republicans
Appropriations,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance

$13.5 Billion Disaster Relief Appropriations Bill Introduced by Senate Republicans

March 1, 2019 This week, a group of Senate Republicans from the South led by Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and abetted by Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), the lone Democrat from Dixie these days, introduced...

Grassley, Wyden Push Railroad, Alternative Fuel Tax Break Extensions
Electric Vehicles,Federal Governance,Fuel tax,Governance,Rail,Railroads

Grassley, Wyden Push Railroad, Alternative Fuel Tax Break Extensions

March 1, 2019 Yesterday, the chairman and ranking Democrat of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), jointly introduced legislation that would provide temporary...

Population Density and High-Speed Rail
High-Speed Rail,Rail

Population Density and High-Speed Rail

March 1, 2019 With the recent decision of the Governor of California to slow down (at a minimum) plans for construction of the state's high-speed rail project outside the Merced-Bakersfield...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 4, 2019
Environment,Federal Governance,Governance,Highways,Maritime,Project Delivery,Public transit

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 4, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation – subcommittee hearing on the U.S. maritime and shipbuilding...

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