FY21 DOT Budget Request, Round 2: Sec. Chao Defends Plan to Senate Appropriators

ISSUE / Week of March 2, 2020

  • March 06,2020 |

    FY21 DOT Budget Request, Round 2: Sec. Chao Defends Plan to Senate Appropriators

    FY21
    After defending the Trump Administration's fiscal 2021 budget request to the House Appropriations Committee last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao appeared before their Senate...
  • March 06,2020 |

    House Subcommittee Hearing Tackles Capital Funding Challenges, but Fails to Address the Ballooning Cost of U.S. Rail Infrastructure

    Amtrak,Commuter Rail
    On Wednesday, March 4, the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled "Funding a Robust Freight and Passenger Rail Network." Witnesses included: ...
U.S. Senate Holds Coronavirus Hearing as Disease Spreads
Aviation Safety,Public health

U.S. Senate Holds Coronavirus Hearing as Disease Spreads

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) convened a hearing of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space to discuss the coronavirus effects on the transportation system. The March 4 hearing was titled  “From SARS...

Truckers, Barrasso Spar Over Truck-Only VMT Tax
Highway Trust Fund,Mileage-Based User Fees,Trucking

Truckers, Barrasso Spar Over Truck-Only VMT Tax

A nasty spat has erupted between the trucking lobby and the chairman of the Senate committee that funds the federal-aid highway program. In a February 24 op-ed published in the Casper Star-Tribune...

Amtrak Changes CEOs As White House Re-Nominates Some (Not All) Board Members
Amtrak

Amtrak Changes CEOs As White House Re-Nominates Some (Not All) Board Members

Amtrak announced this week that President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson is stepping down, at the end of his three-year commitment to the passenger railroad. He will be replaced by...

House Passes Bill to Give TSA Workers Full Civil Service Rights
Aviation,Homeland security

House Passes Bill to Give TSA Workers Full Civil Service Rights

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 1140) that would bring Transportation Security Administration employees under the standard civil service work agreements and protections...

The Last 15 Years of New Start Grant Agreements
Transit

The Last 15 Years of New Start Grant Agreements

We put this list together in response to a question from a reporter, but it may be worth posting online as well. We went back through the annual Capital Investment Grant annual reports and their...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 9, 2020

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 9, 2020

Tuesday, March 10 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation – subcommittee hearing on the international role of the U.S. Coast Guard...

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