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House Mulls Fixes to CIG Transit Grants

The House Transportation Committee has begun to consider what the next surface transportation bill will look like, especially for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA)’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program . The CIG program has been scrutinized by Congress for its complexity and the slow rate of grant issuance by President Trump’s Department of Transportation (DOT). The CIG program accounts for roughly 20% of the FTA budget, funding commuter rail and […]

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The Week Ahead in Washington 7/12/2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would like to see action before the end of the month on the debt ceiling, however the negotiations between the administration and Congress remain fraught. Congressional leaders acknowledge that if no deal is reached by the July 26 six-week recess, September will leave little time before the U.S. government would begin to default on its debt. Mueller Testimony Mark your calendars, Special Counsel Robert Mueller will […]

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Consideration of H.R. 2500, Fiscal 2020 NDAA

United States military programs would be reauthorized at the amount of $733 billion under H.R. 2500, the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill would provide $633 billion in funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and $69 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds. Notably, the measure would authorize the purchase of 90 F-35s and 8 F-15EX aircraft, increase service members’ pay by 3.1%, and create a […]

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What to Watch in Washington – 7/1/2019

On Friday, the Senate joined the House on a weeklong July Fourth recess after it failed to adopt an amendment that would have blocked the White House from bypassing Congress to take action on Iran. When lawmakers return the second week of July, the House will take up the defense and intelligence authorization, arms sales, and raising the federal minimum wage. The Senate will take up nominations, spending bills and […]

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