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Senate Democrats Announce Infrastructure Plan, While Trump Team Supposedly Compiles Infrastructure Priority List
On January 24, 2017 Senate Democrats’ unveiled their “Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure,” a 10-year, $1 trillion proposal to “rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and create 15 million middle-class jobs.” Also on Jan. 24., a document leaked out listing 50 infrastructure projects compiled and shared by President Donald Trump’s transition team, and put together by a Washington-based consulting firm. President Trump also signed an Executive Order on Jan. 24, entitled “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects.” 
Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda Issued by the Trump Administration (So Far)

The TFG blog will be posting weekly entries to keep track of all Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda (collectively “executive actions”) issued by President Trump. As of today (1/25), the Trump Administration has issued 12 executive actions. Click the link below for summaries of each action.

DOT Announces Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Awardees
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced awardees for its Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program.  Sixty-one projects in 41 states, the Virgin Islands, and Indian Country received a share of nearly $211 million to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase transit buses and related equipment, and construct bus-related facilities. Was your community one of the lucky applicants?
President Obama Signs FAA Reauthorization BIll Into Law
On Friday, July 15, President Obama signed the "FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016" (H.R. 636) into law, which extends Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program, spending, and tax authorities through September 30, 2017 at current funding levels. The House passed the bill by voice vote on July 11 and the Senate passed the bill on July 13 by a vote of 89-4. The bill also provides important aviation safety, security, and time-sensitive improvements, including: improvements to the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia.
FASTLANE Grant Program Awardees Announced
This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) notified the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Environment and Public Works committees that it intends to award a total of $759.2 million to 18 transportation projects under its newly created “FASTLANE” grant program. The projects selected range in size from $5 million to upgrade an interchange in a Seattle suburb to $165 million for a series of multimodal improvements to the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia.
FAA Reauthorization One of the Few Major Bills to Move Forward in Congress in 2016

For the remainder of 2016, there are only two must-pass pieces of legislation remaining in Congress: (1) a massive Omnibus appropriations bill funding the federal government for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which will likely pass in the lame-duck period of November-December after the presidential election and following the enactment of a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government beginning October 1; and (2) the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On March 30, President Obama signed the “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2016” into law, which extends authorization and tax authority for the FAA through July 15, 2016; FAA authorization was set to expire on March 31. This gives the House and Senate just over three months to reach consensus and pass a long-term FAA reauthorization bill before Congress recesses for seven weeks from July 16-September 6, for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and the annual August summer recess.   

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