Funding Bills to Dominate Congress’ Fall Legislative Agenda

When congressional funding leaders return to Washington on Oct. 15, they plan to cut through a tense political atmosphere and resume negotiations on their fiscal 2020 appropriations measures.

A transportation bill that would provide funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation, its agencies and programs designed to advance infrastructure projects, will be among the items on the agenda.

The House and Senate have yet to reconcile the differences in their versions of the transportation bills. The federal government’s funding authority expires Nov. 21.

Both transportation bills would provide $1 billion for infrastructure grants and similar funding levels for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In the Senate bill, FMCSA would receive $679 million. In the House version, the agency would receive $677 million.