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Senate Appropriations Committee releases FY 2023 spending bills

Late last week, amid a flurry of pre-recess activity, the Senate Committee on Appropriations released all 12 of their Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 spending bills. The nearly $1.7 trillion appropriations package includes $653 billion in non-defense discretionary spending, marking a 10.1% increase over FY 2022 levels, and $850 billion in defense discretionary spending, an 8.7%......

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Link to Post:">Congress Approves Chips Plus Science Bill

Congress Approves Chips Plus Science Bill

Among the flurry of pre-August break activity, Congress approved The CHIPS and Science Act. Led by the Senate, which crafted and passed the bipartisan legislation, the bill injects tens of billions of dollars into the domestic production of semiconductor chips, as well as increases authorizations for a number of science and research programs, which ASCE......

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New York earns C on its 2022 Infrastructure Report Card; solid waste strong, roads and transit most in need

On Tuesday, July 19, the New York section of ASCE unveiled its 2022 Report Card for New York’s Infrastructure. The report assigned a cumulative grade of ‘C’ from separate chapters addressing 11 categories, meaning New York’s infrastructure is in mediocre condition. Civil engineers graded aviation (C+), bridges (C-), dams (C), drinking water (C-), ports (C+),......

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Link to Post:">House Appropriations Approves FY 23 Bills

House Appropriations Approves FY 23 Bills

This week the House Appropriations Committee completed work on Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations. During the week, the full committee marked up the remaining six appropriations bills, including Energy and Water; Commerce Justice and Science; Interior and Environment; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Therefore, all 12 of the FY 23 bills now await consideration......

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Link to Post:">White House Announces National Building Code Initiative

White House Announces National Building Code Initiative

The most reliable way to ensure our nation’s infrastructure is resilient, and that we are truly building back better, is the widespread adoption and enforcement of modern, up to date building codes. ASCE was pleased to see the White House recently announce the National Initiative to Advance Building Codes, an effort to help state and......

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ASCE Observes National Dam Safety Awareness Day

On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) observed “National Dam Safety Awareness Day”.  Nationwide, more than 92,000 dams serve a variety of functions and provide numerous services including irrigation, water conservation, flood protection.  Ensuring the safety and sustainability of the nation’s dams is a top infrastructure priority for ASCE,  and......

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Link to Post:">Movement on School Infrastructure Data Collection

Movement on School Infrastructure Data Collection

The Report Card on America’s Infrastructure’s chapter on schools opens with the statement that school facilities represent the second largest sector of public infrastructure spending, after highways, and yet there is no comprehensive national data on the condition of K-12 public school infrastructure. To develop the ASCE schools grade of a D+, engineers instead relied......

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GAO Reports Highlights Opportunities For The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

Late last week, the General Accountability Office (GA0) issued a new report on the status of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). The report includes a number of recommendations focusing on the need for NEHRP to conduct a national assessment to identify progress and remaining gaps in earthquake resilience; develop strategies to better communicate......

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Saving Our Infrastructure and Cutting Expenses: Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Road Maintenance

Guest Blog by EyeVi Technologies The United States infrastructure report card is nothing to write home about. According to the 2021 ASCE Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the overall score for America’s infrastructure is a C-. This more than imperfect grade is reflected well in the satisfaction rate of amongst everyday Americans with their infrastructure.......

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Senate EPW Committee Advances WRDA 2022

Last Friday, the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee released S. 4137, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) for 2022.  The committee held a brief but collegial hearing on Wednesday where the bill was unanimously reported favorably to the Senate floor.  The full Senate is expected to take up WRDA by early June, with......

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