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Washington Observer - Featured Headline
Congress Set To Fight Over ExIm Bank Extension
04/30/15
Capitol Hill battle expected to intensify with bank's authorization due to expire June 30.

Photo courtesy of Export-Import Bank of the U.S.


State DOTs Plan Ways To Cope With Uncertain Federal Funds
02/27/15
States plan, or consider, delaying highway contract bid lettings until federal funding picture clears up.

Photo by Mario Olivero/AASHTO

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06/24/15 Senate Committee Approves Six-Year Highway Bill

Measure increases highway authorizations an average of 3% a year, but cuts TIFIA.
06/24/15 House, Senate Committees Approve Bills with Severe Cuts for Water-Wastewater Infrastructure Projects

Bills include controversial policy riders that could prompt a veto.
06/24/15 Multiemployer Pension Rule Issued

Hill Democrats propose bill to reverse 2014 measure allowing benefit cuts.
06/11/15 Opposition to EPA's Ozone Proposal is Growing

Contractor groups say more stringent regulations for ground level ozone could have a negative impact on transportation projects, but the supporters of EPA's proposal say it would save lives.
06/10/15 Federal Court Dismisses Petition to Hear Challenge to Clean Power Plan

Rule has not yet been made final, judge says.
06/01/15 Critics Blast EPA's New Renewable-Fuels Proposal

A wide range of critics say the latest proposal for Renewable Fuel Standard mandates shows that the RFS needs to be reworked or repealed.
05/27/15 EPA-Corps Water Regulation Draws Praise, Criticism

Opponents expected to continue to push to block it in Congress and in courts.
05/27/15 Senate Appropriators Hike DOD, VA Construction, Also Give Corps Civil Works Small Increase

Bill is more generous to DOD construction, VA major projects than House-passed version.
05/25/15 Two-Month Highway-Transit Bill Heads to White House

Senate passage is final congressional action on brief stopgap.
05/20/15 House Passes Two-Month Transportation Extension

Senate approval and Obama's signature are expected for what would be the 33rd extension in six years.
05/13/15 House OKs Bill to Block EPA's Waters Rule

But vote fell short of two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto.
05/12/15 Senate Committee Approves Bill to Speed Infrastructure Projects' Permits

Measure would apply to transportation and non-transportation projects of more than $200 million,
05/06/15 House Approves FY16 Boost for DOD Construction, Corps Civil Works

But bill also freezes VA major construction projects’ budget at 2015’s level.
04/23/15 Congress Clears Bill To Improve Buildings' Energy Efficiency

Measure sets up voluntary "Tenant Star" program for commercial building owners and lessees.
04/22/15 Energy and Water Spending Bill Has Much for Contractors to Like

But industry officials are disappointed that some new WRRDA programs aren’t funded.
04/09/15 Transit Officials Push for Long-Term Transportation Bill

At first Stand Up 4 Transportation day, officials also seek to derail bills to abolish Highway Trust Fund transit account
04/08/15 Industry Coalition Says OSHA Underestimated Its Silica Proposal’s Cost

Groups urge agency to withdraw proposal but union advocates say rule is necessary to protect workers.
04/08/15 New Short-Term Highway Transit Bill Appears Likely

May 31 deadline draws closer with little progess on multi-year authorization.
03/31/15 White House Sets Targets for Paris Climate Talks

GOP lawmakers blast plan but environmental groups and their Capitol Hill allies praise it.
03/26/15 White House Wants Agencies To Shrink Real Estate Portfolio

OMB memo calls for square-footage cut starting in fiscal 2016, but no specific targets.
03/25/15 DOE, Senators Look for Solution on Radioactive Waste Storage

Nuclear industry advocates say the lack of a permanent repository could hinder construction of new nuclear plants.
03/25/15 Construction Groups Fight Proposal to Slash Federal Gas Tax

Industry warns “devolution” plan could mean sharp hikes in states’ fuels taxes.
03/23/15 GOP and Industry Gear Up to Fight Fracking Rule

Interior Secretary says regulations are needed to provide necessary environmental safeguards.
03/19/15 Obama Order Calls for More Greenhouse Gas Cuts

Federal contractors also agree to do their part in reducing GHG emissions.
03/17/15 Architects Oppose Senate Energy-Efficiency Bill

Measure would repeal 2007 requirement to phase out fossil fuels in new federal buildings and renovations.
03/17/15 Industry Seeks FY16 Spending Boost for Corps Civil Works

Waterways and port groups favor higher appropriations from Harbor Maintenance and Inland Waterways Trust Funds.
03/17/15 ARTBA Puts Gas Tax-Rebate Plan on the Table

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association on March 12 proposed boosting the federal gasoline and diesel taxes by 15˘ per gallon.
03/13/15 ARTBA Proposes Fuel-Tax Boost With Offsetting Rebates

Under the plan, gas and diesel tax would rise 15˘ and motorists would get $90-a-year rebate to offset the hike.
03/10/15 House Passes $7-Billion, 4-Year Amtrak Bill

Measure has a focus on Northeast Corridor, also aims to spark private investment around Amtrak stations and along its rights-of-way.
02/26/15 House Committee Leaders Want OSHA to Change Crane Rule

At issue is a section dealing with how crane operators are certified.
02/26/15 Lawmakers Set to Challenge NLRB's New Election Rule

But Obama will likely veto the bill.
02/26/15 Obama Administration Seeks to Lift Hold on Immigration Directives

Construction groups say protracted legal fight will delay comprehensive reform efforts.
02/18/15 Keystone Bill Clears Congress, But Faces Promised Obama Veto

Pro-pipeline lawmakers will delay sending bill to Obama until after congressional recess.
02/18/15 Lawmakers Still Search for Solution to Highway, Transit Funding Needs

Shuster drafting bill but awaiting tax committees’ action on new revenue.
02/17/15 Federal Judge Halts Enforcement of Obama Immigration Plan

DHS suspends carrying out Obama directive; Justice Dept. will appeal temporary injunction.
02/12/15 House Approves Keystone Pipeline Bill

But Obama threatens to veto the legislation.
02/06/15 White House Tightens Standards for Projects in Flood Zones

Environmentalists, state floodplain managers praise new benchmark, but group of Senate Republicans question its legality.
02/02/15 Obama Budget Features Proposed $478-Billion Transport Bill

Request also includes hikes for GSA, DOD, VA building programs but Corps and EPA clean water accounts would be cut.
01/29/15 Senate Passes Keystone Pipeline Bill

But President Obama maintains that he will veto the measure.
01/27/15 For Inhofe, Senate Panel's New Chairman, Transportation Bill Tops the Agenda

Oklahoma Republican expected to move quickly on new authorization measure.
01/26/15 Critics Blast Obama Plan to Limit Leasing in Arctic Refuge

Plan would designate 12.3 million acres of refuge as wilderness area.
01/22/15 VA Opens Door to Shifting Hospital Construction to Corps

Criticized for poor hospital-construction management, VA now willing to consider transferring program to the Corps.
01/21/15 Judge Cuts Total BP Oil-Spill Estimate

Judge Cuts Total BP OIl Spill Estimate
01/21/15 House Approves Bill to Modernize Regulatory Process

But critics warn bill would harm agencies’ ability to regulate.
01/16/15 White House Rolls Out New Private Infrastructure Finance Plans

Plans include proposed new private infrastructure bonds for public-private ventures.
01/16/15 House-Passed Bill Escalates Immigration Battle

Bill would block Obama's 2014 executive orders, end 2012 deportation shield for "Dreamers."
01/14/15 Supreme Court Hears Contractor Fraud Statute-of-Limitations Case

In case dealing with KBR, justices seemed skeptical that 1942 law focused on criminal activity also applies to civil cases.
01/13/15 Obama Signs 6-Year Terrorism-Insurance Extension

Federal program, which backstops private coverage for terrorism-related damages, is reauthorized through 2020.
01/09/15 Nebraska Court Dismisses Challenge to Keystone Route

But a presidential veto of legislation authorizing the project still looms.
01/07/15 Keystone Pipeline Backers Seek Quick Hill Votes on Bills to OK Project

Measures to move project have strong House and Senate support but White House threatens veto.
01/06/15 Firms Picked to Build, Design U.S. Consulate Projects in Mexico

Awards for Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros projects continue multi-year U.S. plan to upgrade facilities for busy consular program.
12/29/14 Construction Officials Urge Swift Passage of Terrorism Insurance Bill

Projects could be delayed if new Congress does not act quickly to extend TRIA program, officials warn.
12/21/14 New EPA Rule Preserves Coal Ash Recycling for Construction Materials

Environmental groups had advocated for a hazardous designation for the coal by-product.
12/19/14 White House Issues Final Part of Water-Resources Policy Rewrite

But Congress bars Corps from using the new project-evaluation guidelines through fiscal 2015.
12/18/14 Obama Plan to Restore Ties to Cuba Could Spur Equipment Exports

Plan includes more exports of building materials for private housing.
12/17/14 Senate Passes Tax 'Extenders' But Not Terrorism-Insurance Bill

Tax bill includes breaks for renewable energy projects and capital-goods purchases.
12/15/14 Senate Passes DOD Bill Capping Design-Build Short Lists

The president is expected to sign the bill into law.
12/14/14 Senate Approves Overhaul of Multiemployer-Pension Policies

Construction unions divided over measure, which allows pension plans in "critical" condition to cut members' vested benefits.
12/14/14 Senate Approves $1.1-Trillion FY15 Spending Bill

Bill, which holds highway, Corps civil, EPA water, GSA new buildings funding at or near 2014 levels through Sept. 30, now goes to Obama for his signature.
12/12/14 NLRB Issues Rule to Accelerate Union Elections

Employer and construction industry groups plan to challenge the rule in court.
12/10/14 House-Passed Tax 'Extenders' Bill Aids Multiemployer Pension Plans, Renewable Energy

Measure has one-year extension for provisions affecting ailing multiemployer plans.
12/05/14 House OKs Bill to Limit DOD Design-Build Short Lists

The measure, which also bars DOD design-build reverse auctions, moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass soon.
11/26/14 EPA Proposes To Tighten Smog Standard

Proposal to cut ground-level ozone limit to 65 or 70 ppb, from 75, draws environmentalists' praise and industry criticism.
11/25/14 Officials Urge EPA to Revise Renewable Fuel Regulations

Request comes after EPA pulls current proposal.
11/20/14 Construction Groups Say Obama Immigration Directive Will Slow Search for Legislative Fix

Executive order would provide millions with protection for being deported, but with conditions, and only for three years at a time.
11/20/14 States' Total Capital Spending Rose 2% in Fiscal 2014

State budget officers' report shows upturns for transportation, environmental categories, but cutback in higher education.
11/18/14 Senate Blocks Keystone Pipeline Plan

Pro-Keystone lawmakers vow to bring the bill up again during the next Congress.
11/18/14 PBGC Says Multi-Employer Pension Aid Program Faces Record Deficit

Pension agency report comes weeks before legislative provisions to help ailing plans are set to expire.
11/12/14 ?Construction Eyes Key Measures in Congress' Lame-Duck Session

Construction is pushing for action on spending, pension, insurance and defense bills before the end of December.
11/12/14 US, China Set New Goals for CO2 Emissions Cuts

U.S. part of the plan faces fierce opposition from congressional Republicans, who gained more clout in Nov. 4 elections.
11/06/14 After GOP's Election Wins, Construction Officials See Hope for Infrastructure Bills

Republicans take Senate control but majority isn't large enough to block filibusters or override vetoes.
11/05/14 EPA Seeks More Input on CO2 Rule for Existing Powerplants

Document could signal changes agency is weighing.
10/29/14 Even If GOP Wins Senate Control, Gridlock May Persist

Industry officials say infrastructure bills still will have bipartisan support.
10/29/14 Infrastructure Funding a Key Litmus Test for Political Donors

Most industry and labor groups report that spending is up compared with 2010 mid-term elections.
10/22/14 NRC Report Concludes Yucca Mountain Design is Safe

But more congressional funding would be needed before project could be revived.
10/22/14 Federal Green Infrastructure Program Adds Private-Sector Members

ASCE other industry groups will lend expertise to the program.
10/22/14 Critics Want FERC to Withdraw Its Approval of Maryland LNG Export Project

Environmental groups contend environmental review doesn’t meet NEPA requirements.
10/14/14 DOD Says Climate Change Could Threaten National Security

Pentagon hopes to integrate climate change considerations into planning.
10/14/14 Court Throws Out Challenge to EPA Clean-Air Proposal

Ruling says that the state cannot file suit to block a regulation before it becomes final.
10/13/14 World Bank, Investors Join in New Infrastructure Finance Plan

Public-private Global Infrastructure Facility will start pilot phase this year, focusing on "climate friendly" or trade-boosting projects.
10/09/14 EPA IG Says Gulf Restoration Funds Mismanaged

But EPA disputes the IG's claims concerning most of the $781,000 in questioned spending.
10/08/14 SBA Office Asks EPA To Pull Proposed Water Rule and Do Small-Business Impact Study

Comment period on controversial rule extended until Nov. 14.
10/08/14 Port Group Leads Push for Hike in Harbor Fund Spending

Campaign seeks to have 2015 appropriations roughly equal the hike WRRDA authorized.
10/02/14 Report Seeks More Life-Cycle Cost Studies on Transportation Projects

ASCE-Eno Study calls for linking federal discretionary funding to transportation projects’ performance.
10/02/14 Supreme Court's New Term Includes Two Key Cases

Industry groups are watching cases dealing with contractors’ liability protections, agencies’ regulatory procedures.
09/24/14 Reid Says Senate Will Consider Tax Extensions During Lame Duck

Senate Majority Leader Reid says he plans to take up a tax-incentive extensions bill after the elections. House Ways and Means panel has backed a more incremental approach.
09/24/14 Manufacturers' Group Charts Benefits of Infrastructure Funding Hike

New NAM study says annual infusion of $83 billion over 15 years will boost GDP, jobs, workers' pay.
09/17/14 House Panel Calls for Steps to Improve Infrastructure P3s

Recommendations include a new U.S. DOT office to develop performance standards for P3s and other project-delivery methods.
09/12/14 US DOT Awards $584 Million in Latest TIGER Grant Round

Highway projects received 47% of the sixth TIGER round's dollars; transit got 27%, maritime 13% and rail 11.5%.
09/11/14 BP Faces Hefty Fines For ‘Gross Negligence’ in 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Money will boost cleanup work for firms, but it could be years before anyone sees substantial funds.
09/10/14 House Passes Bill To Block EPA From Issuing Final Water-Permit Rule

But the bill faces dim prospects in the Senate and a White House veto threat.
09/09/14 Feds Step Up Quest for Private Infrastructure Financing

DOT announces aid for projects as infrastructure "summit" sparks ideas to boost private investment.
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