PHMSA's Pipeline Safety Reauthorization: Funding Issues [Updated January 8, 2020] [open pdf - 714KB]
From the Introduction: "The federal pipeline safety program is administered by the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), working with state pipeline safety regulators. Together, the federal and state agencies administer comprehensive regulations to ensure the safety of the nation's hazardous liquid (e.g., crude oil) and natural gas pipelines. Under the PIPES [Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety] Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-183), funding authorization for PHMSA's pipeline safety program expired on October 1, 2019. Although the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-94) includes pipeline safety appropriations for FY2020, Congress is debating at what levels the program should next be authorized. In 2019, the Trump Administration proposed reducing PHMSA pipeline safety funding for FY2020 whereas bills in the House and Senate would authorize increased funding at different levels."
CRS Insight, IN11162
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