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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A draft guidance from the EPA allows regulators to extend the post-closure care (PCC) period beyond 30 years at hazardous waste landfills.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.

ACEC/Georgia Wins Major Transportation Funding Increase, Aided by Minuteman Grant
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation this week that will increase the state's investment in transportation infrastructure spending. Click Here for entire story.

House Boosts Funding in Energy/Water Bill
The House passed legislation last week providing $36.1 billion to fund Department of Energy programs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) water projects and other federal initiatives. Click Here for entire story.

Congressional Budget Resolution Allows for Transportation Spending Growth
The House and Senate have adopted a budget blueprint for 2016 that provides for growth in transportation spending. Click Here for entire story.

House Clears Military Construction Spending
In the FY16 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill passed by the House last week. Click Here for entire story.

Senators Target Obama Administration's Water Rule
The bill will strike a balance between protecting the nation's waterways and using them as a resource. Click Here for entire story.

FHWA to Collect New Data to Improve Bridge Inspections
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will begin collecting more detailed inspection data this month to better monitor bridge conditions. Click Here for entire story.

2015 ACEC Annual Convention Issue Sheets:

Strong ACEC Turnout on Capitol Hill for Tax Reform, Energy and Infrastructure Investment
Hundreds of ACEC members converged on Capitol Hill during the Convention to make a strong case for infrastructure investment, tax reform, and other key priorities. Click Here for entire story.

Senator Inhofe Says ACEC “Incredibly Influential” in Winning Long-Term Transportation Bill
Senator Inhofe urged ACEC Citizen Lobbyists to focus their efforts on legislators who voted against MAP-21. Click Here for entire story.

AIA's Loveng Reports Strong Support for Gas Tax Increase
ACEC is partnering with AIA to advocate for passage of long-term, well-funded surface transportation legislation. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/PAC on Pace for $1 Million Annual Fundraising
ACEC/PAC has raised a record $400,000 in the first four months of the year, continuing a record pace towards its $1 million goal. Click Here for entire story.

Alaska and Tennessee Reach ACEC/PAC Annual Goals; “Political Involvement Critical to Our Businesses”
ACEC/Alaska and ACEC/Tennessee have hit their ACEC/PAC fundraising targets for 2015. Click Here for entire story.

P3s Will Become More Prevalent Due to Lean Public Budgets
The Public-private partnership (P3) project model will become an increasingly common funding mechanism for both horizontal and vertical infrastructure. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Member Action Alert: Reauthorize the Export-Import Bank
ACEC encourages Council members to contact their Senators and Representative to urge their support for reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. Click Here for entire story.

Minuteman Fund Grant Helps ACEC/Idaho Win Passage of Transportation Funding in State Legislature
In a major victory for design professional firms in Idaho, the state legislature has approved a $95 million transportation funding measure. Click Here for entire story.

House to Vote on ACEC-backed Estate Tax Repeal
The House of Representatives will vote this week on legislation to repeal the federal estate tax. Click Here for entire story.

Wisconsin Uses “Group Effort” to Become Fifth State to Cross PAC Finish Line
ACEC/Wisconsin reached its ACEC/PAC goal this week, marking the 11th consecutive year that the state has met its target. Click Here for entire story.

DOL Proposed Revision of Fiduciary Rule Addresses ACEC Concerns
The DOL has re-proposed a rule that would change the circumstances under which investment advisors have a fiduciary duty. Click Here for entire story.

USDA to Invest $73 Million in Dam Rehabilitation and Assessment Projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $73 million this year to fund 50 dam rehabilitation and 100 dam assessment projects in 23 states. Click Here for entire story.

Proposed Bill Would Boost Veteran Involvement in Infrastructure Projects
A bill recently introduced in San Francisco would require new buildings to have separate piping systems to capture and clean gray water. Click Here for entire story.

Proposed San Francisco Law would Require New Buildings to Use Recycled Water
A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives has filed legislation that would offer a percentage of construction jobs to veteran-owned businesses. Click Here for entire story.

U.S. DOT Provides Transport Loans as Highway Bill Deadline Looms
The Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program will fill gaps in federal infrastructure funding as the May 31 deadline nears. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/PAC on Million Dollar Pace In First Quarter
ACEC/PAC posted its best-ever fundraising numbers for the first quarter of 2015. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Maine Defeats Professional Services Tax Proposal
ACEC/Maine led members of the state legislature's Taxation Committee to unanimously reject Governor Paul LePage's proposed expansion of the state sales tax to include professional services. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Lays Out Tax Reform Priorities to Senate Finance Committee
In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, ACEC outlined its tax reform priorities. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Supports Legislation to Limit Project Labor Agreements
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) have introduced ACEC-backed companion bills. Click Here for entire story.

Annual H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Less than One Week
The statutory cap on high-skilled visas was reached less than one week after the application window opened. Click Here for entire story.

Interactive Map Shows State-by-State Statistics on Deficient Bridges
More than 61,000 American bridges are structurally deficient, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Click Here to access.

White House Panel Makes Recommendations for Boosting Trade with Africa
A panel of 15 private sector experts, which was vice-chaired by Black & Veatch CFO Karen Daniel, presented its draft recommendations on Wednesday for increasing U.S. trade with Africa. Click Here for entire story.

U.S. DOT to Provide $500 Million in New TIGER Funding
Secretary Anthony Foxx announced last week $500 million in TIGER grants for innovative projects around the country. Click Here for entire story.

Member Lobbying During ACEC Convention Will Be “Great Opportunity” to Influence Critical Infrastructure Debate
Congress will be addressing transportation funding, energy markets, and tax code reform when ACEC's Citizen Lobbyists meet with their Congressional delegations. Click Here for entire story.

Obama Administration Proposes Six-Year, $478 Billion Surface Transportation Program
The Obama Administration submitted to Congress its proposal for a surface transportation bill last week. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Continues to Advocate Comprehensive Tax Reform
ACEC and a broad coalition of business organizations are keeping up the pressure for tax reform that treats C corporations and pass-through businesses. Click Here for entire story.

Congressman Graves Puts Forward Bill to Reform Federal Design-Build Rules
Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) introduced the ACEC-backed Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act of 2015 last week. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Stays on Front Lines to Defend Cash Accounting
The Council is teaming with other business organizations—and farmers—to ask Congress to protect cash accounting. Click Here for entire story.

Schloesser Joins ACEC to Direct Energy and Environment Programs
Lynn Schloesser has built a distinguished career in both the public and private sector in the energy and environment arena. Click Here for entire story.

Nation's Mayors Call for Increased Transportation Funding
A U.S. Conference of Mayors task force has called on Congress to increase transportation funding. Click Here for entire story.

U.S. Port, Waterways Maintenance Funds Likely to Run Surplus Despite Backlog of Projects
Funds established by Congress to fund ports and waterways infrastructure, will likely take in more revenue than they spend in 2016. Click Here for entire story.

Obama Administration Sets Rules for Fracking on Federal Land
The Obama Administration released rules to improve basic protections for drinking water on federally owned land. Click Here for entire story.

DOT Inspector General to Audit Federal Funding of State Highway Programs
The Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General is launching an audit of state highway spending. Click Here for entire story.

Governor Brown Signs $1 Billion Water Plan for California
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation last week to speed up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending for the state. Click Here for entire story.


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