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NEHRP Reauthorization: ASCE Members Testify in Huntington Beach

Nearly a decade after it’s authorization expired, Congress may finally be getting around to reauthorizing the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). The Senate made the first move last fall with the introduction by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) of the S.1768 – NEHRP Reauthorization Act. The bill would reauthorize the program......

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APTA Echoes ASCE with New Study

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently released a study titled, The Economic Cost of Failing to Modernize Public Transportation. The study analyzes the potential impact of failing to invest in the modernization of America’s public transportation infrastructure. The study conclusions echoes ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card’s finding of public transit as a “D-”, the......

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Water Resources Development Acts Move Through House & Senate Committees

Both the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works (EPW) and the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) held mark-up hearings this week for its respective WRDA bills. Two weeks ago, ASCE President Kristina Swallow testified at the Senate EPW Committee’s first hearing on the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. ASCE sent the......

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ASCE Helps to Push Missouri One Step Closer to New Transportation Revenue

Over the past five years, 26 states and the District of Columbia have raised new revenue to support their transportation systems. Last week, Missouri took a step closer to being state no. 27, when a 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase cleared the state legislature. The proposal now goes to the voters for approval on the November......

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Infrastructure Week: It’s #TimetoBuild

ASCE members and leadership were out in force during the sixth annual Infrastructure Week, held this year from May 14-21. Sections, branches, and members convened events, organized state legislative drive-ins, and participated in panels around the country. The national week of events, media coverage, education and issue advocacy, is designed to elevate infrastructure as a......

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The Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Process Begins

The spring weather in our nation’s capital has ushered in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations season, and it’s warming up quickly here on Capitol Hill (both the weather and the appropriations!). In anticipation of the FY19 appropriations process, ASCE sent funding request letters to several House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees, including the: House and......

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ASCE President, Kristina Swallow, Testifies Before Senate EPW Committee

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing entitled, “Legislative Hearing on America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018” about the importance of long-term, strategic investment in America’s water resources systems. Kristina Swallow, President of ASCE, testified  before the Committee along with four other champions of water infrastructure: Pat......

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ASCE Testifies Before House Small Business Committee

Yesterday, U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing entitled, “American Infrastructure and the Small Business Perspective” to explore how infrastructure needs impact small business. Marsia Geldert-Murphey, member of the ASCE Board of Direction, testified before the committee along with members from the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association; NTCA – the Rural......

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A Busy Month for Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Systems Investments

It’s been a busy few weeks for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure investments; this is great news because despite increased efficiency methods and sustainable practices, there is a growing gap between the capital needed to maintain drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and the actual investments made. By 2025, the investment gap for drinking water and......

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