Tag Archives: House of Representatives

FY 2018 Transportation Appropriations; Presidential Events on Infrastructure Initiative; President Appoints Deputy FAA Administrator

Legislative Activity Congress Begins Evaluating FY 2018 Transportation Appropriations This week, the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies will hold hearings on FY 2018 appropriations for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will testify on Tuesday at the Senate Subcommittee hearing and on … Continue Reading

President to Highlight Infrastructure Initiative This Week; FAA Reauthorization Update

Legislative Activity President to Highlight Infrastructure Initiative This Week President Trump will hold several events this week intended to increase support for his Infrastructure Initiative presumably by providing more details about the proposal. On Monday, the President will make an announcement at the White House with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) … Continue Reading

Congress Awaits 2018 Budget Proposal; Senate to Vote on Branstad Nomination

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00 pm today, May 22. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #55, the nomination of Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to China, with the time until 5:30 pm equally divided. At 5:30 pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation … Continue Reading

Lawmaker Introduces Defense Acquisition Reform Bill; Lawmakers Introduce Federal Immigration Legislation

Legislative Activity House Armed Services Chairman Introduces Defense Acquisition Reform Bill On May 18, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act (H.R. 2511), a defense acquisition reform bill. The draft legislation would allow the Pentagon to use e-commerce for commercial-off-the-shelf items and streamline the defense contract … Continue Reading

President’s Budget; FAA Reauthorization; Drone Registration Rule; GHG Rule; MPO Consolidation Rule

Legislative Activity President’s Budget Expected this Week President Trump is expected to release his FY 2018 budget this week, and transportation stakeholders are eager to see whether the full budget includes cuts to transportation programs with bipartisan Congressional support that were included in the President’s “Skinny Budget” released in March. In particular, the Skinny Budget … Continue Reading

Infrastructure Week; Congress Continues to Examine Infrastructure Needs; FAA Reauthorization

Legislative Activity This Week is Infrastructure Week May 15 – 19 is Infrastructure Week, with numerous events being held in Washington D.C. and around the country in an effort to increase support for investing in the country’s infrastructure. Infrastructure Week’s kickoff event will be held the morning of Monday, May 15, at the U.S. Chamber … Continue Reading

Congress to Vote on Funding Bill; House to Consider North Korea Sanctions Legislation

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate stands adjourned until today at 3:00pm.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Jay Clayton, of New York, to be Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Clayton nomination. House … Continue Reading

Congress Searches for Funding Solution; Senate to Vote on Perdue Nomination

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene at 3:00pm today, April 24.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for consideration of Calendar #31, the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture.  The time until 5:30pm will be equally divided.  At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of … Continue Reading

Mulvaney on Infrastructure Bill; Transportation Appropriations This Week

Legislative Activity Mulvaney: Infrastructure Bill Might Include $200 Billion in Direct Spending Last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney said that the Administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget could include $200 billion for infrastructure with the understanding that it would be leveraged at a 5-to-1 ratio to spur more than $1 … Continue Reading

Infrastructure Bill Could be Packaged with Tax Reform; Senate Commerce Committee to Consider Rosen’s Nomination to be DOT Deputy Secretary Soon; Many Members of Congress Seeking to Protect New Starts Funding; House and Senate Committees to Hold FAA Hearings

Legislative Activity Infrastructure Bill Could be Packaged with Tax Reform There has been considerable discussion on the Hill and in the Trump Administration about the prospects of combining a large-scale infrastructure bill with comprehensive tax reform. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin recently met with the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans … Continue Reading

Administration Indicates Turn to Tax Reform after Healthcare Fails, Potentially Moving Up Focus on Infrastructure; Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on Transportation Deputy Secretary Nominee

Legislative Activity Administration Indicates Turn to Tax Reform after Healthcare Fails, Potentially Moving Up Focus on Infrastructure The Trump Administration has indicated it will now turn to a comprehensive tax reform effort, as the House Republican’s healthcare reform proposal failed last week. The high-profile American Health Care Act (AHCA) failure showed starkly the divisions within … Continue Reading

Gorsuch Hearing to Kick Off in Senate; House Set to Vote on Health Care Bill

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 21.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with Republicans controlling the first half and Democrats controlling the final half.  After morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the … Continue Reading

President Releases “Skinny Budget”; Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on FAA Reauthorization

Legislative Activity President Releases “Skinny Budget” On March 16, the Administration released the President’s “Skinny Budget.” As is typical with a budget outline provided by a new President, the request is very high level and does not include nearly the detail of a full budget proposal. The Administration has said it will release its full … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on CMS Nominee, House Continues Work on Health Care Bill

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene at 2:00 pm today, March 13.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma, nominated to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, post-cloture; all time on the nomination will expire at 5:30pm and the Senate will vote … Continue Reading

Transportation Stakeholders Hopeful for More Information This Week; House Transportation Committee Holds Hearing on FAST Act Implementation; President Trump Will Nominate Jeffrey Rosen as DOT Deputy Secretary

Legislative Activity Transportation Stakeholders Hopeful for More Information This Week As the Trump Administration and Congress continue to develop a large-scale infrastructure proposal, transportation stakeholders are hopeful they will get additional information this week. The President’s ‘Skinny Budget” is expected to be released on Thursday, March 16. While it is unclear how much detail will … Continue Reading

House to Consider Defense Spending Bill; Senate Schedule Free of Cabinet Confirmations

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate stands adjourned until today, March 6 at 2:00 pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res.37, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, with the time until … Continue Reading

Secretary Chao Discusses Infrastructure Priorities as Administration Begins to Release More Details; Appropriations Committees to Hold Hearings on THUD Issues; House Transportation Committee to Hold Third FAA Hearing

Legislative Activity Secretary Chao Discusses Infrastructure Priorities as Administration Begins to Release More Details As the Trump Administration and Congress continue to develop a large-scale infrastructure proposal, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary, Elaine Chao, discussed the Administration’s priorities. Speaking to the National Governors Association last week, Secretary Chao acknowledged challenges in passing the $1 … Continue Reading

Wilbur Ross and Ryan Zinke Get Their Day in the Senate, House Returns for Full Week

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate convenes today, February 27, at 12:00pm.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Wilbur Ross, to be Secretary of Commerce. At 3:00pm, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) will be recognized to deliver Washington’s Farewell Address.  Following the reading of Washington’s … Continue Reading
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