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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.

Congress Averts Government Shutdown, Passes Short-Term Extension; ACEC Calls for End to Stop-Gap Measures
Congress approved a "continuing resolution" on Wednesday to extend funding for federal agencies through December 11. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Opposes Blacklisting Executive Order in Congressional Testimony
ACEC testified before the House Small Business Committee in opposition to the Obama Administration's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Click Here for entire story.

Congress Clears Six-Month FAA Extension; ACEC Continues to Work for Long-Term Funding Increase
The House and Senate approved a six-month extension of Federal Aviation Administration programs this week, including funding for the Airport Improvement Program. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/North Carolina Achieves Transportation Funding Win
North Carolina approved legislation last week that will increase state transportation funding by more than $350 million annually. Click Here for entire story.

Senior Executives Institute Class Kicks off at ACEC, Brookings Institution, Capitol Hill
ACEC President Dave Raymond briefed members of the newest Senior Executives Institute class this week on the Council's mission and programs during their five-day visit to Washington, D.C. Click Here for entire story.

Obama Administration to Speed Permitting of Transportation Projects
Beginning in October, the Obama Administration will take steps "to accelerate the nation's critical infrastructure projects." Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Delegation Promotes QBS and Best Practices at FIDIC International Conference in Dubai
ACEC Chairman Ralph Christie, President Dave Raymond and more than a dozen other U.S. participants joined several hundred representatives of 101 countries at the annual conference of the FIDIC. Click Here for entire story.

Action Alert: Urge Lawmakers to Take Action to Prevent a Government Shutdown
ACEC members are asked to contact their House and Senate offices today to urge them to pass a continuing resolution that will keep federal government functioning. Click Here for entire story.

Alabama Hits Fundraising Target: “Insurance Policy Against Bad Legislation”
ACEC Alabama reached its ACEC/PAC fundraising goal this week, making it the 12th state to have met its 2015 PAC fundraising objective this year. Click Here for entire story.

Minuteman Fund Grant to Help ACEC/Texas Secure Long-Term Transportation Funding
ACEC/TX seeks assistance for a major ballot initiative that would add $40 billion in state transportation funding through 2030. Click Here for entire story.

Masucci and Wolverton Contribute Maximum to ACEC/PAC
"Giving the maximum amount to ACEC/PAC is a huge statement of support for ACEC's political program," said ACEC President/CEO Dave Raymond. Click Here for entire story.

Municipal Advisor Qualification Exam Open for Enrollment
ACEC has worked closely with the SEC and the MSRB to ensure that traditional engineering advice does not require firms to register as municipal advisors. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Keeps Up Pressure on House Transportation Bill
Progress continues to hinge on the Ways & Means Committee to find sufficient revenues or other budget offsets to supplement the Highway Trust Fund. Click Here for entire story.

Montana, Nebraska Join Growing List of States Making ACEC/PAC Goal; Several Other States Knocking on Door
ACEC/Montana and ACEC/Nebraska are the latest states to achieve their PAC fundraising goals for 2015. Click Here for entire story.

House Committee to Vote on ACEC-Backed Bonus Depreciation Legislation
ACEC joined a coalition of business associations in sending a letter to Congressional leadership in support of bonus depreciation. Click Here for entire story.

Primary ACEC Issues—Infrastructure, Ex-Im Bank, FAA—On the Clock as Congress Resumes
Congress returns from the August recess this week with a packed agenda that includes a number of key ACEC priorities. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/PAC Fundraising Strong, But “Can't Afford to Slow Down Now”
Congressman David McKinley (R-WV), who is an engineer, met with ACEC/West Virginia’s Michael Haid last week. Click Here for entire story.

Construction Spending Reaches Highest Level in Seven Years
Total construction spending has risen 13.7 percent over the last year. Click Here for entire story.

Poll: Most Americans Back 10-Cent Gas Tax Hike
Seventy-one percent of U.S. residents would support a 10-cent gas tax increase. Click Here for entire story.

FRA Makes to Provide $10 Million to States for Rail Crossing Safety Projects
The funding is part of the Railroad Safety grants for the Safe Transportation of Energy Products (STEP) by Rail Program. Click Here for entire story.



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