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New Bill Expands Farmers' Access to Precision Agriculture Equipment

U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), members of the Senate Agriculture committee, introduced the Precision Agriculture Loan (PAL) Act. The bipartisan legislation would create a program within the U.S....


Industry Wants Fed Help to Tackle Labor Shortages

If you believe the projections, the construction industry could see hundreds of thousands of new jobs as a result of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The industry just needs fed buy-in for skilled worker training while it waits for shovels to hit the dirt on coming infrastructure projects....


Texas Governor to Spend $250M On New Border Wall

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said recently that he will use $250 million in state money and crowdsourced financing to build more barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico. But questions remain over how far Abbott, a Republican, can go for a project whose total cost, length and timeline are unclear and could face legal challenges from the federal government....


Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Visits North Texas

On the heels of a big win in the Senate, the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came to north Texas. He toured the Terminal C construction site at DFW Airport....


Infrastructure Bill Spurs Construction Projects in Idaho

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) released the following statement after voting in support of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which the Senate passed by a 69-30 vote:"The bipartisan legislation we passed today makes investments in traditional, hard infrastructure projects to help keep pace with Idaho's rapid growth....


Equipment Manufacturers, Associations Hail Senate Passage of Historic Infrastructure Bill

The U.S. Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Aug. 10 by a wide bipartisan majority vote, 69-30. Nineteen republicans joined all 50 democrats in passing the bill, which now will head to the House, though that chamber may not take up the bill until fall, after its August recess....


New Construction Legislation Seeks to Reform New York's Public Contracting Process

The longstanding challenges faced by construction contractors and subcontractors when dealing with New York State's complicated public contracting processes are one step closer to being resolved, as the Construction Industry Public Contracting Advisory Council bill (S.4323-C/A.6232-C) awaits Gov....


Senate Votes to Begin Work on Nearly $1T Infrastructure Bill

The U.S. Senate voted July 28 to begin efforts to pass President Joe Biden's almost $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, a sudden move following an agreement between the White House and a bipartisan group of senators on major provisions of the package weeks ago....


President Joe Biden Visits Mack Trucks Lehigh Valley Operations

Mack Trucks hosted President Joe Biden at its Lehigh Valley Operations (LVO) facility in Macungie, Pa., on July 28. President Biden stressed the importance of American manufacturing, buying American products and good-paying jobs during remarks made at the facility....


NTEA Calls on Congress to Repeal Federal Excise Tax

NTEA — The Association for the Work Truck Industry commends U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) for introducing S. 2435, the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2021. This bipartisan bill would repeal the 12 percent federal excise tax (FET) on heavy trucks and trailers....







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