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Infrastructure Spending Bills Moves Through the Senate

This week, the U.S. Senate passed their second Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 “minibus” spending package by a vote of 92-6. This legislation combined the following appropriations bill: Interior & Environment (S. 3073); Financial Services (S. 3107); Transportation, Housing & Urban Development (THUD)(S. 3023); and Agriculture & Federal Drug Administration (S. 2976). The House passed a......

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ASCE Participates in NCSL Legislative Summit in Los Angeles

ASCE participated this week in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit. Approximately 5,500 state legislators, legislative staff, decision-makers, and others attended the meeting to hear from experts and fellow legislators about policy challenges we face today and solutions to these challenges. ASCE exhibited at the 2018 Legislative Summit, and several volunteers from ASCE’s......

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Chairman Shuster Releases Infrastructure Proposal

This week, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released his long-awaited infrastructure discussion draft. Key components of the plan include fixing the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), investing in transportation and water resources infrastructure, financing innovative projects, and accelerating project delivery. The plan also calls for an increase of 15 cents per......

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EPA Releases Report on Flint Water Crisis

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report on the management failures that led to the Flint, Michigan water crisis in 2014 and gave recommendations on how to prevent such crises from occurring in the future. The 74-page document, which follows a preliminary October 2016 report, found......

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Congressman Curbelo Introduces Bill to Tax Carbon

Earlier this week, Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) introduced H.R. 6463, the Modernizing America with Rebuilding to Kick-start the Economy of the Twenty-first Century with a Historic Infrastructure-Centered Expansion Act, or the “MARKET CHOICE Act.” This bill would amend the tax code to add tax equal to $24 per metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2), with......

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New Report Explores Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Needs

Leaders in the water infrastructure industry, in association with The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, released a report titled “Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Need,” which focuses on shared interests and challenges likely to face water infrastructure in the future. The report came out of a workshop held in February that......

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Trump Administration’s Reorganization Plan

  This week, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform examined the Trump Administration’s government-wide reorganization plan and shared thoughts and ideas about the proposals, which included infrastructure-related issues.  The proposal is still in its early stages and will require congressional approval for any changes to occur. Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director......

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California Transportation Investment at Stake in November

California legislators voted in the spring of 2017 to raise the state’s gas tax for the first time in 23 years. Gov. Jerry Brown praised the decision and signed the bill, SB1, into law, ushering in $5 billion worth of revenue to pay for roads, bridges, and transit projects that would increase safety, ease congestion,......

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Senate Appropriators Fund High Hazard Dam Rehab Program

This week, the Senate Committee on Appropriations passed its Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The $48.334 billion bill, which is an increase of $611 million compared to the FY18 enacted level, includes $250 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis, which is a $12.5 million decrease......

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Kansas’ Infrastructure GPA Jumps, but Challenges Remain

In Kansas City, Kansas today the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the 2018 Report Card for Kansas’ Infrastructure. The ASCE Kansas City and Kansas Sections gave the state an overall grade of a ‘C,’ an increase from the 2013 grade of “C-.” Five categories earned “C” grades: Bridges, Drinking Water, Energy, Levees, and......

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