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Obama’s FY 2014 Priorities STEM Education Programs

The President’s FY 2014 budget request places new emphasis on STEM (Science-Technology- Education-Mathematics) education.  The total STEM education funding request, across all federals agencies, amounts to $3.1 billion; this represents an increase of 6.7 percent over 2012 funding levels. While the proposed increase is noteworthy, the President’s proposal includes an ambitious reorganization of federal STEM......

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ASCE Educates State Officials on the Report Card, You Can get the Same Information!

ASCE recently conducted a webinar in partnership with the Council of State Governments (CSG) for an audience of state policymakers.  The webinar focused on the 2013 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure and how state governments can use the data contained in the Report Card in order to help improve their local infrastructure.  Notable participants included......

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Alabama Needs a State Dam Safety Program

Op-ed by Shelia Montgomery-Mills, President of the Birmingham Branch of the America Society of Civil Engineers. Originally published in the Birmingham News, April 13, 2013. Alabama continues to be the only state in the country without a state dam safety program. We do not know precisely how many dams we actually have, much less their......

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Obama FY14 Budget Proposal Focuses on Infrastructure

President Obama released a federal budget plan for Fiscal Year 2014 this week that calls for spending of $3.77 trillion.  The budget plan would reduce the federal deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years, the White House said. The FY 2014 budget proposal includes $50 billion for infrastructure investments, including $40 billion to cover what......

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The Panama Canal Expansion and Commerce

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing this afternoon on the expansion of the Panama Canal and the effects that the expansion will have on freight movement in the United States. The issue is one that ASCE has been discussing in depth over the past few months, because the economic impacts could......

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Obama Expands on Infrastructure Plans

President Obama used ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure  several weeks ago at the Port of Miami to make a renewed push for increased infrastructure investment. The President has been pushing for a more complete set of infrastructure proposals for years and even included the message in his State of the Union this past......

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House and Senate Pass Budget Resolutions for 2014

The Senate passed a budget resolution for the first time in four years on March 23 that calls for reducing the federal deficit by $1.85 trillion over 10 years.  The Senate also approved provisions in the resolution for Fiscal year 2014 that would restore the $85 billion cut from the Fiscal Year 2013 budget under......

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Sections and Branches Lead the Way on the 2013 Report Card

This March, ASCE released the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure in a brand new format as a tablet and smart phone app during the annual Congressional Fly-In. ASCE members from all 50 states participated in taking the infrastructure message to Capitol Hill and shared the Report Card with their Members of Congress. Members have......

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ASCE State Sections Continue Legislative Efforts

We are highlighting two states that have made a legislative push in the last week:  New York and Maryland. ASCE issued a Key Alert this week to members in New York asking them to contact legislators in support of SB 3942 which would protect engineers from legal liability when they are performing pro bono services......

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DeFazio Tackles the Eternal Question…How to Fund the Highway Trust Fund?

With each passing day we are getting closer to September 30, 2014, the day when MAP-21, the legislation funding surface transportation programs, will expire. Therefore, even though Congress just passed a surface transportation bill last summer, work already must be underway on the next bill. However, before Congress can pass another surface transportation reauthorization, a......

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