Congress Averts Shutdown Approving Sweeping Spending Deal

In the midst of the political turmoil and tensions on Capitol Hill and the deadline to fund the government looms, Congress simultaneously reached a bipartisan $1.4 trillion spending package that funds the government through September 2020. This spending package includes core infrastructure programs for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Congressional leadership developed two ‘minibuses’ (H.R. 1865......

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Innovations in Seismology: Fiber Optics Help Maintain America’s Infrastructure

The  Seismological Society of America hosted a briefing on June 17 on fiber optic analyses, proving that using fiber optic analyses could be instrumental to the maintenance and safety of America’s infrastructure. Panelists included Herb Wang from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and Nate Lindsay from the University of California, Berkley, and they focused on......

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ASCE Says Farewell to Brian Pallasch After 20 Years

After two decades of energetic and skilled service to ASCE and the civil engineering profession, Brian Pallasch, who served as Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives, is leaving ASCE to take on his next professional challenge. His career journey takes him to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he will serve as the Executive Vice......

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ASCE Gives California Infrastructure a C-

The 2019 Report Card for California’s Infrastructure, released this week, gave the golden state an overall grade of a “C-.” The state has made progress in recent years to close the infrastructure investment gap, but much work remains to prepare the infrastructure to support the state’s economy and preserve Californians quality of life. In 2017, California......

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Civil Engineers Encouraged by White House Meeting on Infrastructure; Now It’s Time for Congress to Act

Washington – The following is a statement by Robin A. Kemper, PE, President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in response to the meeting on infrastructure between President Trump, House Speaker Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Schumer: “The American Society of Civil Engineers was thrilled to see President Trump, House Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Democratic Leader......

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ASCE Testifies on Resilient Infrastructure

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held a stakeholder’s perspective hearing on building more resilient infrastructure.   This Subcommittee determines how federal dollars are allocated for each of these issue areas. ASCE Board of Direction Member, Carol Haddock, P.E., testified alongside Laura Lightbody, Project Director for......

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Congress Introduces Legislation on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund

It was an exciting week for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)! The CWSRF is a federal infrastructure program that provides low-interest loans to states – requiring a 20% state match – for wastewater and stormwater infrastructure improvements. Since 1987, the CWSRF has loaned $42 billion to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and......

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Lawmakers Reach Spending Deal for 2019

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week reached spending deal to avert a government shutdown and fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2019. Included in the package (P.L. 116-6)  are the following infrastructure related spending levels: $86.5 billion overall for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); $900 million for BUILD grants; $13.4......

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House Panel “Sounds the Alarm” on Infrastructure Investment

On Thursday, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee held a hearing focused on the urgent need for a plan that invests in America’s infrastructure. The hearing, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait,” was led by U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio, chairman of the committee. Rep. DeFazio began......

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