Congress

The Living Shorelines Act, which the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is working diligently to shape and help move through Congress, cleared a major hurdle in the road toward final passage. The bill passed a full committee markup in the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources with a bipartisan vote of 22-13.

Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-6) called on Congress to take steps to authorize composite plans, repeal the Cadillac tax, and pass a long-term infrastructure bill during a visit to a local construction project on May 3. The Congressman made his comments while touring a local construction project by P.J.

Virginia Congressman Denver Riggleman (VA-5) called on Congress to take steps to address construction workforce shortages and pass a long-term infrastructure bill during a visit to a local construction firm April 23. The Congressman made his comments while touring a local construction project by R.E.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) April 9 called for a fundamental shift in how the nation approaches road safety, emphasizing the need to design and build a transportation network that better compensates for error so that drivers, passengers, workers and other road users don't pay for behavioral mistakes with their lives.

"Congress: Fix Our Infrastructure Problem Now." That's the key message of a new ad campaign urging Congress and the Trump administration to develop and pass this year a robust transportation infrastructure investment package and a permanent fix for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, released the following statement in support of the new, bipartisan, Restoring Investment in Improvements Act that is designed to fix a drafting error in the 2017 tax law that set the depreciation schedule for commercial property improvements at 39 years instead of 15: "Many construction projects are being delayed or reconsidered because of a drafting error that set the wrong timeline for depreciating the cost of commercial property improvements.

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, urged Congress to act quickly on the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act that was introduced March 13 by Pennsylvania Congressman Lloyd Smucker. The measure would establish the only federal temporary visa program for construction, among other industries covered by the measure.

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, released the following statement in reaction to the fact Democrats appear to have won control of the U.S. House of Representatives while Republicans will continue to control the U.S.

Associations representing concrete suppliers and related businesses are pressing Congress to soon complete a full-year budget bill for fiscal 2018, saying the delay prevents highway agencies from accessing a scheduled funding increase under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A federal judge blocked construction work on a Red River flood control project in the Fargo-Moorhead area, saying backers of the diversion channel need to obtain the necessary permits from Minnesota. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim said that while there's no question that permanent flood protection is needed for the flood-prone metropolitan area, the law states that only Congress has the power to exempt a project from state permitting requirements — and it has not done so.

Construction stocks are losing money as President Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure spending plans could be pushed back to 2018. Although Trump promised to get the money early is his first year as president, he has now said that he will try to get a bill through Congress at the end of this year, but Bloomberg Markets reported that 2018 is looking more likely.