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2016 ACEC Annual Convention Fact Sheets:

DOL "Blacklisting" Rule Released
The US Department of Labor released the Fair Pay Safe Workplaces rule, often referred to as the "blacklisting" rule. Click Here for entire story.

Idaho Makes Goal as ACEC/PAC Crosses $600,000 Fundraising Mark
This was the tenth year in a row that ACEC/Idaho achieved its goal. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Opposes Inclusion of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in DOT Performance Management Rules
FHWA had solicited input on the potential for CO2 reduction metrics in its proposed rules implementing MAP-21 and the FAST Act. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC-Backed Legislation Would End Export-Import Bank Lending Crisis
ACEC is working with Congressional leadership to untangle a procedural knot that has prevented the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank from making large loans to support engineering firms competing for work overseas. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Comments to Congress on Tax Reform Blueprint; Member Input Needed
ACEC is seeking member input for comments to Congress on the tax reform blueprint released by House Republicans in June. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Indiana Supports Congressman Larry Bucshon
Representative Larry Bucshon (R-IN), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, met with ACEC/Indiana leaders this week. Click Here for entire story.

Senator Raises ACEC Concerns over Energy Tax Deduction “Kickbacks”
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has written a strong letter to the Secretaries of Treasury and Housing and Urban Development addressing concerns raised by ACEC. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Backs FAA Plan to Permit Expanded Drone Use
The FAA will allow expanded use of drones near crowds for infrastructure inspections, which are restricted under current rules. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Calls for Top-Rate Parity in Tax Reform Blueprint
ACEC is urging House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) to improve the recently released tax reform blueprint to include top-rate parity for corporations and pass-through entities. Click Here for entire story.

Council Addressing Member Concerns over R&D Tax Credit, Section 179D; Member Input Needed
ACEC is engaging with Congress and the IRS in response to concerns from Member Firms involving the R&D tax credit and the Section 179D energy-efficient commercial buildings tax deduction. Click Here for entire story.

Council and U.S. China Business Council Host Session on China Water Opportunities
ACEC’s International Committee and the U.S. China Business Council last week explored opportunities for Member Firms in China’s water recycling market. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Michigan Supports Congressman Fred Upton
Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) is leading efforts to pass a comprehensive energy package before the end of the year, met recently with former ACEC/Michigan Leaders. Click Here for entire story.

U.S. DOT Announces Nearly $500 Million in TIGER Award Grants
“For the eighth year running, TIGER will inject critical infrastructure dollars into communities across the country,” said U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. Click Here for entire story.

Federal Highway Administration Calls for States to Designate ‘Zero-Emission’ and ‘Alternative Fuel’ Corridors
Initial nominations for corridor designations are due to the FHWA no later than August 21, 2016. Click Here for entire story.


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