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ACEC Presses Engineering Industry Priorities as Congress Negotiates Long-Term Transportation Bill
In a letter to Senate and House conference members, ACEC urged that they retain several key measures in the final bill. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Michigan Scores Transportation Funding Victory
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a major road funding package that will generate up to an additional $1.2 billion per year. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Utah Meets PAC Target; ACEC/PAC Breaks Fundraising Record
PAC Champions Rachel McQuillen of J-U-B Engineers and Leslie Morton of Psomas worked closely with ACEC/Utah’s Executive Director Michael Smith. Click Here for entire story.

A/E Employment Jumps in October on Strong Jobs Report
Engineering firms continue to bring on new employees at a strong pace, adding nearly 30,000 jobs in the first 10 months of 2015. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC-Backed Energy Policies Included in House-Passed Transportation Bill
ACEC is working with Congressional leaders to secure provisions in the final transportation bill that is sent to the President. Click Here for entire story.

Nevada Becomes 19th State to Reach ACEC/PAC Fundraising Goal
PAC Champion Ruedy Edgington of HDR in Reno said the M.O.'s "Battle Born" raffle gave members an added incentive to contribute. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Hawaii Supports Senator Schatz
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) meets with ACEC/HI. Click Here for entire story.

Report Outlines Potential for Water Resource Recovery Facilities
The report was prepared by the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation. Click Here for entire story.

House Clears Six-Year Transportation Bill; Includes ACEC-Backed Contracting Out Provision
The House of Representatives approved on Thursday a six-year $340 billion reauthorization of federal highway and transit programs. Click Here for entire story.

Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Passes House via Transportation Bill
The House of Representatives approved ACEC-supported legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for four years as part of a larger transportation package. Click Here for entire story.

Arizona, Maryland and Massachusetts Meet PAC Target to "Make Our Voices Heard in Washington"
“All those $50 and $100 contributions add up and reinforce the idea that together we can make our voices heard in Washington.” Click Here for entire story.

U.S. DOT Awards TIGER Grants to 39 Projects in 34 States
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $500 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Click Here for entire story.

House Closes in on Six-Year Transportation Bill
House leaders are currently negotiating budget provisions to offset funding in the bill before bringing it to the floor. Click Here for entire story.

Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization Passes House; ACEC Works for Quick Senate Vote
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) met with ACEC President/CEO Dave Raymond and others at ACEC headquarters to discuss the reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank. Click Here for entire story.

Congress, White House Reach Deal on Budget, Debt Ceiling
Congressional leaders and the White House agreed on a two-year budget blueprint. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Georgia and ACEC/New Jersey Make ACEC/PAC Goals
A newly forged “Leadership Circle" and continued commitment add to ACEC/PAC's 2015 success. Click Here for entire story.

Report Calls for Increased State and Local Infrastructure Funding
Unlike the federal and state governments, which draw heavily on dedicated road-user fees such as gas taxes, local governments rely far more on general funding for streets. Click Here for entire story.

House Committee Poised to Report Out Long-Term Transportation Bill
The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (STRR). Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Illinois Wins Major Victory over Organized Labor on Prevailing Wage
ACEC/Illinois has been working with a broad coalition since 2013 to fight efforts by organized labor to extend prevailing wage rules into engineering offices. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/PAC Closes in on $1 Million Target with Strong Fall Conference Fundraising
ACEC/PAC continues to break records in 2015, raising over $780,000 from more than 2,000 individuals. Click Here for entire story.

House Committee Clears Bills to Expand Energy Markets
The House Energy and Commerce Committee cleared two ACEC-backed bills last week that would expand energy markets and lift the ban on oil exports. Click Here for entire story.

Minuteman Fund Grant Helps Louisiana's Efforts to Strengthen Transportation Funding
ACEC has awarded a Minuteman Fund grant to ACEC/Louisiana to help defray the cost of supporting two consitutional amendments. Click Here for entire story.

House Expected to Move on Transportation Bill By End of Month
Another short-term extension of highway and transit programs will be necessary before the current law expires on October 29. Click Here for entire story.

North Dakota Reaches ACEC/PAC Goal as “Engine of Federal Advocacy”
“Before people contribute ACEC/PAC they need to understand how it works,” said PAC Champion Eric Michel. Click Here for entire story.

U.S. Transportation Department Unveils Build America Transportation Investment Center
BATIC will also accept applications for federal transportation credit programs and develop ways to obtain private capital for public private partnerships. Click Here for entire story.

House Moves to Delay Deadline for Automating Nation's Railways
House lawmakers are looking to extend the deadline for railroads to install automated train technology until after 2018. Click Here for entire story.



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