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Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization Lapses; Urge Your Legislators to Support Quick Action
Congress failed to reauthorize the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) by the June 30 deadline for the first time in 81 years. Click Here for entire story.

EPA Report Forecasts Big Savings in Road, Bridge Costs by Curbing Climate Change Emissions
The EPA released a report that the United States could realize significant savings in transportation infrastructure replacement costs by sufficiently reducing emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases. Click Here for entire story.

High Court Strikes Down EPA Limits on Power Plant Emissions
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Obama Administration's rules requiring power plants to reduce mercury emissions and other toxic air pollutants. Click Here for entire story.

Senate Committee Approves Six-Year, $274 Billion Highway Bill
The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works (EPW) has unanimously approved a six-year, $274 billion bill to reauthorize the MAP-21 highway program. Click Here for entire story.

Council to Weigh in on New Contractor Mandates; Member Input Requested
ACEC has several concerns over the Department of Labor (DoL) new Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/PAC on Pace to Hit $1 Million Annual Fundraising Goal
ACEC/PAC posted its best-ever fundraising numbers in the second quarter of 2015, raising over $500,000 to date and keeping the PAC on target to meet its $1 million calendar year goal. Click Here for entire story.

House and Senate Propose Water Program Cuts
Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have passed spending bills that would impose significant cuts to federal programs supporting water and wastewater projects. Click Here for entire story.

Senator Murkowski Lays Out Aggressive Energy Strategy at ACEC Event; Broad Legislation to be Submitted this Summer
The Alaska lawmaker said she plans to roll out comprehensive energy legislation later this summer that would expand production and streamline regulations. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Reiterates Need For Long-Term Solution for Highway Trust Fund in Congressional Hearings
ACEC told members of the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees in a pair of hearings this week that increased transportation funding is vital for the nation's continued economic growth. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/NY Wins Almost $3.5 Billion in New Infrastructure Funding; Joint ACEC/MW-ACEC/VA Appeal to be Heard
In a major legislative victory, ACEC/New York and a coalition of industry partners secured nearly $3.5 billion in new infrastructure funding in the current state budget and five-year capital plan. Click Here for entire story.

U.S. DOT Releases Fact Sheet on Planning for the Future of Connected Vehicles
The fact sheet offers an overview of connected vehicle research by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC-backed Design-Build Reform Introduced in Senate
Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced ACEC-supported legislation this week that includes significant reforms to the design-build process. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC-Supported Patent Troll Reform Advances in Senate
The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared bipartisan legislation late last week to protect engineering firms and other businesses from so-called patent “trolls”. Click Here for entire story.

House Transportation Bill Would Fund MAP-21, Cut Discretionary Grants; ACEC Working In Senate to Up Funding
Talking about long-term transportation funding at an event in Ohio last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) told ACEC/Ohio PAC Champion Tom Mosure of ms consultants, inc. the House has "something brewing" on a highway bill. Click Here for entire story.

EPA Releases Final Wetlands Rule
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final "Waters of the U.S." rule last week, which seeks to clarify criteria for federally funded waters and wetlands. Click Here for entire story.

Congressman Hoyer Sees Growing Federal Support for Gas Tax Increase to Fund Long-Term Highway Bill
Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said support for an increase in the federal gas tax is growing among Democrats in Congress. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Action Alert: Reauthorize the Export-Import Bank
ACEC members are asked to contact their House and Senate representatives to urge support for reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank before its charter ends on June 30, 2015. Click Here for entire story.

Congress Needs More Engineers, Arkansas Rep. Westerman Says
"Engineers make great legislators because we're problem solvers," Westerman said during a briefing Wednesday at ACEC headquarters. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Action Alert: Urge Your Congressional Delegation to Support Long-Term Transportation Bill
ACEC members are asked to contact their Representative and Senators today to urge support of a long-term bill. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Calls for Equal Treatment for Corporations and Passthrough Entities in Tax Reform Negotiations
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) have requested ACEC's input on how pass-through businesses—S corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Action Alert: Urge Your Congressional Delegation to Support Long-Term Transportation Bill
ACEC members are asked to contact their Representative and Senators today to urge their support of a long-term bill. Click Here for entire story.

FHWA Finalizes Regulations on Engineering and Design Services
The rules take effect on June 22. State DOTs will have one year to update their policies and procedures to comply with the new regulations. Click Here for entire story.

Congress Punts Again on Transportation Funding; ACEC Member Action Needed
The House approved a bill Tuesday to extend MAP-21 programs for two months, failing again to reach a long-term agreement on how to fund highway and transit projects. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC-Backed Procurement Reforms Included in Defense Bill Passed by House
The House passed the NDAA of 2016 last week, which includes ACEC-backed provisions to limit the use of reverse auctions, and to improve data gathering for small firm participation in federal contracts. Click Here for entire story.

House Passes ACEC-Supported R&D Tax Credit
The House of Representatives passed on Wednesday the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015, which permanently extends the R&D tax credit. Click Here for entire story.

Senator Fischer Introduces Bill to Create Infrastructure Bank
The Build USA Act creates a national infrastructure bank that would loan funds to states at low interest rates to build or maintain highways, roads and bridges. Click Here for entire story.

EPA Guide Outlines State Authority at Closed Hazardous Waste Landfills
A draft guidance from the EPA allows regulators to extend the post-closure care (PCC) period beyond 30 years at hazardous waste landfills. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Partners with Department of Commerce on A/E Trade Mission to United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia
The US Department of Commerce (DoC) and ACEC have organized an A/E trade mission to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from October 18-22. Click Here for entire story.

Representative Daniel Webster Addresses ACEC/Florida DOT Partnering Conference
Congressman Daniel Webster (R-FL), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, spoke at ACEC/Florida's DOT Partnering Conference last week. Click Here for entire story.

USDA Provides $106 Million to Fund Smart Grid and 1,000 Miles of Transmission Line
USDA is providing loans to construct or upgrade electric transmission and distribution lines for rural electric cooperative utilities in Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, and South Carolina. Click Here for entire story.


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