ASCE Legislative Victory: STORM Act Signed Into Law

In a positive start to 2021, and just a few short weeks following a joint press conference held by ASCE, the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, President Trump signed into law the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act (S. 3418) on January 1; both the House......

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Pandemic Slowing Clean Energy Jobs & Energy Efficiency Growth

ASCE’s recent COVID-19 Status Report notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing energy infrastructure challenges, delaying some investments in the short term and costing nearly half a million Americans working in renewable energy their jobs. According to a new analysis by BW Research Partnership, the clean energy sector has grown less than 1% over......

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Congress Focuses on Clean and Renewable Energy

Over the last two weeks, Congress’ spotlight was on clean and renewable energy. The Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and the House Committee on Energy & Commerce held hearings on the topic. Last week, the House passed H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. The......

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House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Advances Water Resources Development Act of 2020

This week, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure introduced and passed the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, H.R. 7575.  The bill is expected to receive a full House vote the week of July 27. Earlier this spring, the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works passed their WRDA bill, the bipartisan......

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House FY21 Homeland Security, Interior & Environment, and Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bills on the Move

This week, several subcommittees within the House Committee on Appropriations marked up Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bills. All 12 appropriations bills must pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law by September 30, 2020 in order to avoid a government shutdown. In recent years, Congress has not been able to pass the appropriations......

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Democrats’ Infrastructure Bill Includes Investment in Energy and Parks

House Democrats’ infrastructure package, the Moving Forward Act, includes $70 billion for upgrading the nation’s energy infrastructure, promotes renewable energy, and invests in local parks and green stormwater management infrastructure. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave our nation’s energy and public parks categories each a grade of “D+,” and it found the 10-year investment gap......

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Water, Ports, and Resilience Investment Included in Moving Forward Act

House Democrats’ infrastructure package, the Moving Forward Act, contains $40 billion for wastewater infrastructure and $25 billion for drinking water infrastructure. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave our nation’s wastewater a grade of “D+,” and our nation’s drinking water a grade of “D,” and by 2025, the disparity between needed and anticipated funding for drinking......

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