Cold Water from Congress on Congestion Pricing

ISSUE / Week of September 9, 2019

  • September 13,2019

    Cold Water from Congress on Congestion Pricing

    Highways,Managed lanes
    Congress was back in town this week and the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit jumped in with a timely hearing on congestion pricing and tolling. Charging a fee for the busiest parts of the...
  • September 12,2019

    Draft FY20 CR Fixes Transit Problems but Does Not Repeal 2020 Highway Rescission

    Appropriations,FY18
    A draft of a stopgap continuing appropriations measure for the opening days of fiscal year 2020 was circulated to some lawmakers earlier this week and obtained by CQ yesterday. The draft resolution...
Guest Op-Ed: Managing Social and Political Risk in the Digital Age

Guest Op-Ed: Managing Social and Political Risk in the Digital Age

I once heard a story about the communication strategy of the Kennedy-era White House. Their rules were simple: Never write a letter when a phone call will do. Never make a phone call when a...

Senate FY20 Budget Allocations Give THUD $1.1 Billion Boost Over FY19
Appropriations,FY20

Senate FY20 Budget Allocations Give THUD $1.1 Billion Boost Over FY19

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a plan to split $1.3 trillion in discretionary spending for fiscal year 2020 amongst its twelve subcommittees, each of which will now try to...

Senate Panel OK’s $7.75B for Corps of Engineers in FY20
Appropriations,Freight,FY20,Ports

Senate Panel OK’s $7.75B for Corps of Engineers in FY20

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $48.9 billion Energy and Water Development appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020 that appropriates $7.75 billion for the water resources...

Acting TSA Chief Gives Agency Update to Senate Committee
Airports,Homeland security

Acting TSA Chief Gives Agency Update to Senate Committee

The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration gave a status update on that agency's activities to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on September 11 (the...

60 Years Ago Today – Eisenhower Requests First Highway Trust Fund Bailout
Highway Trust Fund,Highways

60 Years Ago Today – Eisenhower Requests First Highway Trust Fund Bailout

On this day 60 years ago – September 9, 1959 – the White House announced that President Eisenhower was requesting a bailout of the Highway Trust Fund – a $359 million "repayable advance"...

The First Time the Highway Trust Fund Went Broke – Part 3: Eisenhower Wears Down Resistance, Congress Fractures, and Compromise Is Reached
Highway Trust Fund,Highways

The First Time the Highway Trust Fund Went Broke – Part 3: Eisenhower Wears Down Resistance, Congress Fractures, and Compromise Is Reached

In last week’s part 2 of this series, the Highway Trust Fund was facing insolvency in fiscal 1960, President Eisenhower requested a 1.5 cent per gallon increase in gasoline and diesel excise taxes...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of September 16, 2019

Capitol Hill Events – Week of September 16, 2019

Tuesday, September 17 – Senate Appropriation – Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing – subcommittee business meeting to markup the draft Transportation-HUD appropriations bill for FY 2020...

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