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March 24, 2010
While Congress has passed legislation to keep the highway and transit programs operating through the end of the year and provided funds to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the first quarter of 2011, much work still needs to be done. Senators and representatives need to understand the importance to your state's transportation program, jobs and long term investment of enacting long-term well-funded highway and transit reauthorization legislation.
March 24, 2010
On March 18, 2010 the Senate gave final approval to the “Jobs” legislation and President Obama has signed it. The bill, known as the "HIRE Act", includes the following provisions of importance to the highway construction industry: • Extends highway program authorization through December 31, 2010 at current funding levels. • Provides additional revenue to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the first quarter of 2011 by restoring $19.5 billion in interest payments foregone on the HTF’s previous cash balances.
March 5, 2010
The House today approved the Senate passed "jobs" bill by a vote 217 to 201, with 211 Democrats and 6 Republicans voting in support.  Before adoption, the bill was amended to address the budgetary concerns of the fiscally conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats who wanted to assure that the bill was deficit neutral. Also included in the amendment is language extending, but not altering, authority for the Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The bill now goes back to the Senate for its consideration.
March 5, 2010
This week, Tom Foss, President of Griffith Company, Brea, California presented AGC testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on the importance of transportation investments to the National economy and jobs. Foss emphasized that the construction industry, like other businesses relay on a well functioning transportation system for delivery of materials and products to job sites and, therefore, called for increased investment to improve system functionality.
March 4, 2010
Tom Foss, president of Griffith Company, Brea, Calif., presented AGC testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on the importance of transportation investments to the national economy.
March 4, 2010
By a vote of 78-19 the Senate last night approved legislation to extend several Federal programs until March 31, 2010, including Highway Trust Fund spending authority that expired on February 28, 2010. The House previously approved the bill and President Obama has signed it. The bill has been on hold due to objections from Senator Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) over budgetary considerations not related to the highway program. The stalemate caused the furlough of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) employees and prevented reimbursements to state DOTs for ongoing Federal-aid highway contracts.
March 1, 2010
Congress adjourned for the week without enacting legislation to extend highway and transit program spending authority beyond the February 28, 2010 deadline. As a result, states will not be reimbursed for payments for ongoing contracts starting on Monday and FHWA employees will be furloughed on Tuesday. Since the House will not be back in session until Tuesday and the Senate is not scheduled for a vote until Tuesday afternoon, this stalemate cannot be resolved until late next week at the earliest.
February 23, 2010
By a vote of 62-30 the Senate today voted for cloture, a procedural move that allows debate on the "Jobs" legislation to proceed. The vote was largely along party lines with the following Republican Senators joining 58 Democrats in support: Bond (Mo), Brown (Mass), Collins (Me), Snowe (Me), Voinovich (OH). Senator Nelson (Neb) was the lone Democrat voting against. While there are still 30 hours of potential debate on the underlying bill, today's vote was the key, and final passage in the Senate will likely occur on Tuesday.
February 16, 2010
Hours after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a draft "Jobs" bill to address current economic conditions which had bipartisan support, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) offered instead a scaled-down version and announced that the Senate will consider this version of the legislation on February 22, following the week-long President's Day recess.  The Reid "jobs" legislation contains the same provisions related to the highway program as in the Baucus/Grassley bill as follows:
February 16, 2010
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that it has postponed the implementation of its off-road equipment rule which was scheduled to go into effect on March 1, 2010 because it has not yet received approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move ahead with enforcement.

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