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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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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/house-passes-surface-transportation-and-water-bill/">House Passes Surface Transportation and Water Bill

House Passes Surface Transportation and Water Bill

The House has passed H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, a $715 billion bill that reauthorizes surface transportation programs for five year and makes critical investments to the nation’s water infrastructure. The bill passed 221 – 201, with just two Republicans, Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), joining Democrats in support of the......

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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/washington-d-c-civil-engineers-give-the-districts-infrastructure-a-c-grade/">Washington, D.C. Civil Engineers Give the District’s Infrastructure a “C” Grade

Washington, D.C. Civil Engineers Give the District’s Infrastructure a “C” Grade

On Tuesday, the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2021 Report Card for D.C.’s Infrastructure, the Section’s first report since 2016. D.C. civil engineers gave eight categories of infrastructure an overall grade of “C”, an improvement from the “C-“ grade given in the 2016 report and a slight......

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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/senate-commerce-passes-bipartisan-surface-transportation-reauthorization/">Senate Commerce Passes Bipartisan Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Senate Commerce Passes Bipartisan Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Last week Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S. 2016, the Surface Transportation Investment Act (STIA). STIA is a five-year, $78 billion authorization of many key agencies at the Department of Transportation (DOT) including the Office of the Secretary (OST), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA),......

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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/senate-passes-massive-technology-bill/">Senate Passes Massive Technology Bill

Senate Passes Massive Technology Bill

On June 8th, the Senate passed on a 68-32 vote, the United States Innovation and Competition Act, a comprehensive piece of legislation to expand funding for science and innovation and to combat China on economic, scientific, and diplomatic fronts. The bill, containing more than 1,400 pages, authorizes $250 billion for basic and advanced technology research, as well......

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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/house-transportation-and-infrastructure-committee-passes-surface-transportation-reauthorization/">House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Passes Surface Transportation Reauthorization

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Passes Surface Transportation Reauthorization

This week the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act. After a marathon markup that lasted until 5 am on Thursday, T&I passed the final version of the INVEST in America Act. Vote was largely partisan (38-26) with......

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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/biden-releases-full-budget-request/">Biden Releases Full Budget Request

Biden Releases Full Budget Request

The full details of the Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget were released on Friday, May 28 and include the full scope of the Biden Administration’s “American Jobs Plan.” The $6 trillion federal spending plan for FY22 seeks to invest heavily in several government agencies to boost infrastructure and education, expand affordable housing, bolster public......

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Link to Post:https://infrastructurereportcard.org/white-house-doubles-funding-for-bric/">White House Doubles Funding for BRIC

White House Doubles Funding for BRIC

The Biden administration has announced that it will double federal funding to encourage communities to better prepare for hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters. Specifically, the President has authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to double to $1 billion for FY 2021 the funding available for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, or BRIC......

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