With infrastructure making its way to back up to the top of peoples’ minds, 2018 was a busy year for ASCE Government Relations! ASCE released 12 state infrastructure report cards; advocated for and passed a number of federal bills, including the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill and the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018; and worked with ASCE members in individual states during the midterm elections to pass ballot measures that would fund infrastructure projects. ASCE’s Government Relations team saw countless successes this year and looks forward to many more in 2019.
To read more about what ASCE did in 2018, take a look at our top five blog posts from the year:
In February, the Trump Administration released an infrastructure proposal, which included federal investment to help spur investment from state and local governments and private investors.
Prior to releasing his infrastructure plan, President Trump called for investment in the nation’s infrastructure during his State of the Union address directed at Congress and the nation.
Following the State of the Union address and the release of the Trump Administrations infrastructure proposal, ASCE President Kristina Swallow provided a statement calling for action from Congress.
In August, the Texas Section of ASCE released Addressing Flood Risk: A Path Forward for Texas After Hurricane Harvey, a new report with recommendations for flood risk management.
In January, Congress began discussing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, which was signed into law in October. ASCE advocated for the passage of this bill throughout most of the year, as it authorizes the federal government to fund programs that are key to America’s water infrastructure systems.