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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/house-committees-move-forward-with-reconciliation-legislation/">House Committees Move Forward with Reconciliation Legislation

House Committees Move Forward with Reconciliation Legislation

This month,  the House of Representatives began the process of writing their proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package following passage of a budget resolution in August.  Along with of the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the reconciliation package marks a critical step in President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda.  Unlike the bipartisan......

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South Carolina Civil Engineers Give the State’s Infrastructure a “D+” Grade

On Wednesday, September 8, the South Carolina Section of ASCE unveiled the 2021 Report Card for South Carolina’s Infrastructure, the first report card ever issues by the South Carolina Section. The report assigned the state’s systems a cumulative grade of “D+” which is below the national grade of “C-.” The report analyzed eight categories of......

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Hurricane Ida Wreaks Havoc, but Louisiana’s Levees Hold Firm

Throughout New Orleans, Louisiana, residents are still beset with remnants of Hurricane Katrina 16 years after it made landfall, breaching New Orleans’ levees and ultimately devastating communities, leading to 1,800 deaths. On the 16th anniversary of the tragic storm, the very same region was besieged by Hurricane Ida, which reached winds of 150 miles per......

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Senate Passes Historic Infrastructure Package

ASCE scored a significant legislative victory this week with the Senate passage of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The bipartisan bill passed by a vote of 69 – 30, with 19 Republicans joining Democrats. The legislation marks the largest U.S. infrastructure investment in generations; $550 billion in new spending over the......

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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/senate-expected-to-pass-historic-infrastructure-bill-over-the-weekend/">Senate Expected to Pass Historic Infrastructure Bill Over the Weekend

Senate Expected to Pass Historic Infrastructure Bill Over the Weekend

The Senate is expected to pass legislation representing a historic investment in the nation’s infrastructure as early as Saturday. On Thursday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) moved to end debate on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a $1.2 trillion investment in our nation’s road and bridges, water systems, ports and inland......

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Senate Nears Completion of Major Infrastructure Bill

In March, President Biden introduced the American Jobs Plan, a $2.3 trillion proposal geared to restore and upgrade the nation’s infrastructure. The introduction of the American Jobs Plan kicked off months of negotiations between the White House and key Senators from both sides of the aisle to develop an infrastructure package that could pass the......

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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/house-science-committee-continues-focus-on-research-and-development/">House Science Committee Continues Focus on Research and Development

House Science Committee Continues Focus on Research and Development

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee added five more bills to its efforts to enhance and expand the nation’s research enterprises. The five bills join with previous passed legislation, including the National Science Foundation for the Future Act and the Department of Energy for the Future Act, to form a package of legislation that......

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A Once in a Lifetime Historic Investment Warrants Longer-Lasting Materials

  Guest Blog by Michael McDonagh, Vice President, Engineering & Projects, Steelike   A Once in a Lifetime Historic Investment Warrants Longer-Lasting Materials America’s infrastructure received an overall grade of C- in the 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Some categories of infrastructure were graded as low as D-. ......

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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/bipartisan-infrastructure-framework-hits-speed-bump/">Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Hits Speed Bump

Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Hits Speed Bump

On Wednesday, a Senate vote on the motion to proceed to the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure framework failed (49-51), as was expected. The procedural vote required 60 votes to open debate on the package, crafted by a group of 22 Senators for months. Luckily, the failed motion to proceed is more of speed bump than......

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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/house-appropriators-move-on-fy22-spending-bills/">House Appropriators Move on FY22 Spending Bills

House Appropriators Move on FY22 Spending Bills

This week the House Appropriations Committee took steps to pass fiscal year (FY) 2022 government spending for core infrastructure programs.  While the committee has not passed all 12-spending bill, lawmakers took the initial steps by passing FY22 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD); Commerce, Justice, and Science (CST); Interior and Environment; Energy and Water Development;......

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