Congress Wraps Up Fiscal Issues for the Year

ISSUE / Weeks of December 14 and 21, 2020

  • December 22,2020 |

    Congress Wraps Up Fiscal Issues for the Year

    Federal Funding,FY21
    In a span of about nine hours yesterday, both chambers of Congress debated and passed, almost sight unseen, a 5,593-page bill providing at least $3.7 trillion in funding – a package containing all...
  • December 19,2020 |

    Biden Names Buttigieg to Be U.S. Transportation Secretary

    Federal Governance,USDOT
    President-elect Joe Biden on December 16 formally announced that former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg will be his nominee to be the 19th United States Secretary of Transportation. In...
10 Transportation Priorities for the Biden Administration
Federal Governance,USDOT

10 Transportation Priorities for the Biden Administration

This week’s announcement of Mayor Pete Buttigieg ends rampant speculation about who might fill that top spot. Buttigieg will bring valuable experience and background to the agency: of the 2020...

A Preview of City and Agency Transportation Goals and Strategies in 2021
Funding & Finance,Governance

A Preview of City and Agency Transportation Goals and Strategies in 2021

Most discussion about the outlook of U.S. transportation policy is focused on the incoming Biden administration and federal priorities. However, many of the interesting transportation policy...

How Could USDOT Organize Around Climate Under Biden?
Congestion Pricing,Emissions,Environment,Funding & Finance,Governance

How Could USDOT Organize Around Climate Under Biden?

President-elect Joe Biden has indicated that climate change will be one of the biggest, if not the absolute biggest, focus of his Administration. In addition to making climate change one of only four...

Final FY21 Appropriations Bill Gives $88 Billion to USDOT
Appropriations,USDOT

Final FY21 Appropriations Bill Gives $88 Billion to USDOT

Division L of the massive 5,600-page year-end funding bill is the regular Transportation-HUD appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021, and it provides or allows $88.2 billion in gross budgetary...

Last COVID Bill of 2020 Gives An Additional $45 Billion to Transportation
FY21,Public health

Last COVID Bill of 2020 Gives An Additional $45 Billion to Transportation

The final major legislation to be passed by Congress in 2020 contained another $0.9 trillion in COVID-related fiscal relief spread across two divisions of a 32-division omnibus bill. $45 billion of...

Final FY21 Appropriations Provide More Water Infrastructure Funding Increases
Infrastructure,Ports

Final FY21 Appropriations Provide More Water Infrastructure Funding Increases

The omnibus appropriations act for fiscal year 2021 provided another round of funding increases for Corps of Engineers water infrastructure programs and held EPA water infrastructure revolving fund...

TSA, Coast Guard Get Increases in Final FY21 Appropriations Package
Airports,FY21,Homeland security

TSA, Coast Guard Get Increases in Final FY21 Appropriations Package

Division F of the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2021 provides year-long funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including funding increases for the Transportation Security...

Year-End Funding Bill Creates New Requirements for Aircraft Certification
Aircraft,Aviation Safety

Year-End Funding Bill Creates New Requirements for Aircraft Certification

As part of the massive omnibus funding bill passed by Congress yesterday, which contains the second round of COVID relief money, Congress also passed significant legislation reforming and enhancing...

Omnibus Legislation Includes Water Resources, Pipeline Safety Bills
Pipelines,Ports

Omnibus Legislation Includes Water Resources, Pipeline Safety Bills

The year-end omnibus fiscal legislation passed by Congress yesterday included two separate recurring bills negotiated by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – the biennial water...

Year-End Package Extends Rail Tax Credit Forever, Clean Fuel Credits Temporarily
Freight rail,Rail

Year-End Package Extends Rail Tax Credit Forever, Clean Fuel Credits Temporarily

Among the umpteen other items in the omnibus year-end fiscal legislation passed by Congress yesterday was a package of extensions of expiring tax provisions and other items (Division EE of the bill),...

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