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2015 ACEC Annual Convention Issue Sheets:

ACEC Action Alert Generates Hundreds of Letters to Congress for Long-Term Highway Bill; More Member Action Needed
The Council continues to urge members to contact their Representatives in support of a bill. Click Here for entire story.

Urge Your House Member to Support Quick Action on the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization
ACEC urges members to contact their legislators to show their support for the Ex-Im Bank. Click Here for entire story.

Illinois Hits 2015 ACEC/PAC Fundraising Goal, Sets Sights Even Higher
The state leadership is still actively fundraising and expects to raise an all-time high amount in 2015, surpassing last year’s record $65,000. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Ohio Supports Congressman Michael Turner
ACEC/Ohio sponsored an event this week supporting Congressman Michael Turner (R-OH), who serves on the House Armed Services Committee. Click Here for entire story.

California Senate Panel Votes to Raise State Gas Tax by 12 Cents per Gallon
Tax and fee increases require the support of two-thirds of lawmakers in both houses, so Democrats looking to raise taxes will need some help from Republicans. Click Here for entire story.

Obama Administration Takes Action to Increase Pace of Transition to Renewable Energy
President Obama has issued a series of executive actions and private sector commitments to expedite the U.S. transition to cleaner sources. Click Here for entire story.

Grass-Roots Campaign for Transportation Bill Features Social Media, Radio, Meetings, and Letters to Lawmakers
With so many Congressmen active on social media, Council members are also encouraged to use Twitter and Facebook to lobby for long-term transportation funding. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Committee Told How Collaborative Approach to Clean Power Plan Could Net Consumers Billions in Energy Savings
Under the CPP, each state has to meet a targeted reduction of CO2 emissions from its existing power plants. Click Here for entire story.

Minuteman Fund Grant Helps Arizona's Efforts to Fund Long-Term Phoenix Transportation Program
ACEC has awarded a Minuteman Fund grant to ACEC/Arizona to help pass a ballot initiative for a 35-year transportation plan for the City of Phoenix. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Member Action Needed in August to Win Passage for House Transportation Bill in Fall
ACEC Member Firm representatives are asked to contact their House member and urge their support of the six-year bill. Click Here for entire story.

International Procurement Officials Meet at ACEC on QBS
ACEC’s International Committee was able to host several key officials at their meeting last week in Washington, D.C. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Virginia’s “Bucket of Booze” Raffle Raises more than $2,000 for ACEC/PAC
From early May to mid-June, more than 100 $20 tickets were sold for a chance to win a variety of liquor donated by ACEC/VA members. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Reviewing Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan
The Clean Power Plan mandates a 32 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, a target that will fall most heavily on coal-dependent states. Click Here for entire story.

Action on Single-Step Design-Build Legislation Not Likely Until 2016
Congressional staff and Agency procurement officials briefed ACEC's Federal Agencies and Procurement Committee at national headquarters. Click Here for entire story.

Deep South ACEC/PAC Raffle is “Most Successful Fundraising Drive Ever”
ACEC/Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi raised more than $8,000 for ACEC/PAC in an annual raffle. Click Here for entire story.

U.S. DOT Receives $9.8 Billion in TIGER Grant Applications
The U.S. Department of Transportation received 625 applications totaling $9.8 billion for its seventh round of TIGER grants. Click Here for entire story.

Senate Approves ACEC-Backed $360 Billion Transportation Bill; 3-Month Extension Needed to Allow House to Act
The Senate voted 65-34 to pass the DRIVE Act, an ACEC-supported six-year reauthorization of highway, transit, and safety programs that features a 12 percent increase in average annual funding over current levels. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC-Backed Senate Energy Bill Addresses Infrastructure Modernization
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved a bipartisan energy package today that emphasizes modernizing the nation's oil, natural gas, and electricity infrastructure to enhance reliability and security. Click Here for entire story.

McConnell, Inhofe and Boxer Forge Compromise on 6-Year Transportation Bill
The Council is working with a broad coalition of industry groups to urge Senators to support a multi-year bill, and ACEC members are asked to contact their Senators today to support this effort. Click Here for entire story.

House Energy Bill Addresses Grid Modernization, Security
The energy package has been an advocacy priority for ACEC and was a major lobbying objective at the Annual Convention in April in Washington, D.C. Click Here for entire story.

Senate Finance Committee Approves ACEC-Backed Tax Extenders
The Senate Finance Committee has approved a two-year extension of 52 tax provisions that expired at the end of December. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Indiana Supports Congressman Andre Carson
Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, met with ACEC/Indiana leaders last week. Click Here for entire story.

Federal Highway Administration Launches New National Tunnel Inspection Program
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published its first standardized tunnel inspection standards. Click Here for entire story.


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