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President's 2017 Budget Proposal Fully Funds FAST Act, Includes Tax Credits for Renewables
The Obama Administration's 2017 budget proposal, released on Tuesday, calls for a new oil tax to fund transportation infrastructure, cuts water programs, and puts increased emphasis on cybersecurity. Click Here for entire story.

Congress to Take Up Two ACEC-Backed Bills to Increase Funding for Water Infrastructure
Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), John Duncan (R-TN), and Richard Hanna (R-NY) have reintroduced the Water Investment Trust Fund Act—ACEC-backed legislation that allows businesses to participate in a product-labeling program for clean water. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Supports Congressional Push Back on Overtime Rule
ACEC has endorsed a letter to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez by a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, expressing concerns over proposed overtime pay requirements. Click Here for entire story.

Supreme Court Temporarily Stays Implementation of Clean Power Plan
The Obama Administration said that it "disagrees with the Supreme Court's decision" and will continue taking "aggressive steps" to combat climate change. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/California Honors Orange County Chapter for ACEC/PAC Fundraising
The ACEC/California Board of Directors presented an award to its Orange County Chapter last week for exceeding its 2015 ACEC/PAC fundraising goal by 148 percent—the best in the state. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Calls for Bigger Airport Funding Increase, Expanded QBS Procurement in Proposed FAA Reauthorization Bill
The House T&I Committee has floated a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization proposal that would increase funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and take air traffic control functions out of the FAA. Click Here for entire story.

Final Vote on Senate Energy Bill Expected This Week
The Senate is expected to pass the ACEC-backed Energy Policy Modernization Act this week. Click Here for entire story.

Little-Known R&D Tax Credit Provision Benefits Small Firms
This change can be particularly helpful for small firms, many of which have been unable to use the R&D tax credit because they pay alternative minimum tax. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Nevada Supports Congressman Hardy
Congressman Crescent Hardy (R-NV) meets with ACEC/Nevada members to discuss infrastructure issues. Click Here for entire story.

Senate Deliberates ACEC-Backed Energy Bill
The legislation has a number of provisions advocated by ACEC, including establishing an interagency coordinating committee to focus on the “energy-water nexus.” Click Here for entire story.

ACEC Calls for Airport Funding Increase
ACEC is calling for increased investments in the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) fund and raising the cap on Passenger Facility Charges collected by airports. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC/Pennsylvania Supports Congressman Barletta
Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, meets with ACEC/Pennsylvania President Sean Henderson. Click Here for entire story.

ACEC White Paper Examines Impact of Municipal Advisor Rule on Firms
ACEC's new white paper on the municipal advisor registration rule is a tool Member Firms and their legal advisors can use in determining whether their business activities require that they register as a municipal advisor. Click Here for entire story.

Indiana Leads the Way for ACEC/PAC in 2016
“2016 will be a pivotal year for our industry at the national level and it’s important that we get out early to shape the outcomes of critical House and Senate elections as much as possible,” said ACEC/IN PAC Champion Phil Beer.Click Here for entire story.

Congress Passes Resolution to Stop New Wetlands Rule; White House Veto Follows
The House approved legislation on January 13 to overturn the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States rule. Click Here for entire story.

EPA Survey Shows Nation's Wastewater Infrastructure Needs $271 Billion
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a survey showing that it will cost $271 billion to maintain and improve the nation's wastewater infrastructure over the next five years. Click Here for entire story.



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