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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Passes Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

With the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act set to expire on September 30,  the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marked up and passed the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act this week. The five-year reauthorization provides $494 billion in direct investments for our......

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Senate Passes Historic Parks Infrastructure Legislation

Our nation’s parks infrastructure had a victory this week with Senate passage (73 – 25) of the Great American Outdoors Act, S. 3422. This win would not have been possible without the incredible advocacy of our Key Contacts, who sent 350 emails to 78 Senate offices! ASCE supports passage of this legislation as a critical......

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Congress Holds Hearings on Effects of Pandemic on the Energy Industry

Congress held two hearings this week to examine the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the energy industry. Both the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources heard from former agency officials and industry experts about challenges and opportunities that face the energy industry during and the......

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Congress Holds Hearings on Link Between Infrastructure and Economic Recovery

The U.S. Senate held two hearings this week that focused on the critical role that federal investment in infrastructure can play as the nation recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee heard from local policymakers and industry stakeholders about the importance......

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Leaders Unveil the INVEST in America Act

With the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act set to expire on September 30,  House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), released text of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, a key component of the Moving Forward Framework that House Democrats,......

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Civil Engineers Respond to House $494 Billion Surface Bill, Urging Bipartisanship and Quick Action Before September 30

The following is a statement by K.N. Gunalan “Guna.” Ph.D., P.E., President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in response to the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee’s 2020 surface transportation infrastructure bill, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act: “The INVEST in America......

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Dams Infrastructure Needs in the Spotlight

The need for investment in our nation’s dams was in the spotlight this week as record rainfall caused two dam failures in Michigan and one potential dam failure in Virginia, resulting in the evacuation of thousands of residents. The two dams that failed in Michigan were high hazard potential dams, or dams whose failure is......

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Civil Engineers Respond to House HEROES Act Passage and Urge Congress to Provide More Relief for State DOTs

The following is a statement by K.N. Gunalan “Guna,” Ph.D., PE, President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act: “We are pleased that the recently passed House COVID-19 relief bill, the HEROES Act, recognizes that the nation’s  transportation and water infrastructure sectors have been seriously......

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House Democrats Unveil Next COVID Relief Bill

House Democrats just unveiled the latest coronavirus relief bill, known as the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions, or, HEROES Act. This fifth proposed legislation related to the pandemic economic fallout is a $3 trillion proposal, and far exceeds the previous economic relief vehicle, the CARES Act. The bill also includes a new stimulus......

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ASCE Responds to FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program

By: Martin Hight ASCE filed comments with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on May 11th, in response to a request for comments on its Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program. The BRIC program supports states, local communities, tribes, and territories in projects that reduce risks from disasters and natural hazards. This grant......

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