Congress Passes COVID-19 Relief Package

This week Congress passed the American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package which provides critical relief across the economy and our nation’s infrastructure. This legislation is President Biden’s first legislative victory and the third round of federal COVID-19 relief. Following the budget reconciliation process the original version of the relief package passed......

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Congress Moves on COVID-19 Relief Through Budget Reconciliation Process

Before taking the oath of office, President Biden announced an extensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic known as the American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 trillion package directed to provide relief amid pandemic impacts.  Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released a Congressional budget blueprint that would......

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Biden Administration Moves Swiftly on Key Infrastructure Positions

On the heels of President Biden’s inauguration, infrastructure-related agencies across the federal government already had key nominations put forth. While more nominations will be announced in the coming weeks, the Biden Administration announced the following nominations: President Biden nominated former Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Ms. Polly......

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FCC Votes to Put Car Safety Technology at Risk

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to redeploy airwaves that we’ve had for 21 years for the purposes of developing a vehicle safety system that is on its way to becoming a reality, despite efforts from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), AASHTO, state DOTs, the auto industry, ASCE, ITS America,  and others to......

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Senate Appropriators Introduce Fiscal Year 2021 Spending Bills

While the House passed their bills earlier this year, Senate Appropriators this week introduced all 12 spending bills for fiscal year (FY) 2021. These spending bills come as Congress enters the lame-duck session and need to avert a potential government shutdown as we near the December 11 deadline. While House Appropriators included COVID-19 supplemental funding,......

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Congress Must Prevent Surface Transportation Project Delays

Despite strong industry advocacy efforts and recent actions taken both in the House and Senate, Congress is unable to reauthorize our federal surface transportation programs before the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act expires on September 30, 2020. Congress’ inability to meet this deadline creates uncertainty, leading to project delays, and a subpar transportation system.......

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State DOTs Adjust Relief Request Amid Updated Projections

With persisting stay-at-home orders across the nation, severe revenue losses including sharp declines in dedicated user fee revenues, continue to be felt across state departments of transportation (DOT). As a result, the ability of state DOTs to carry out their core functions, including capital construction programs, is under threat.  Through imposed furloughs and either delaying......

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House Appropriators Markup FY2021 Transportation Spending Bill

On the heels of the House passing the Moving Forward Act last week, Chairman David Price (D-NC4) and the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies marked up and passed their spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2021. The legislation provides $75.9 billion in total discretionary spending – a......

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Aviation Infrastructure Investment Included in Moving Forward Act

Under much anticipation, the House Democrats’ infrastructure package, the Moving Forward Act, increased the authorization of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) from $3.35 billion to $4 billion annually to make much needed improvement in our nation’s airport infrastructure. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave our nation’s aviation system a “D,” and identified a 10-year funding......

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