Infrastructure

August 6, 2009
To date the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced several rounds of funding for rural water and waste water projects and has announced that projects totaling over $800 million dollars are ready to proceed to bid. Click here for a list of projects provided by USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS). For USDA RUS contacts in your state, please visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/scrty/sdirs.html USDA Press Releases by Date August 3. 2009
August 5, 2009
Trey Pebley, Vice President of McAllen Construction, Inc., of McAllen, Texas, testified Wednesday July 22, before the House Small Business Committee on the impact of federal regulation over water and wetlands on small businesses and family farmers.
August 5, 2009
The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met on Friday, July 31, to examine progress to date on implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The hearing primarily addressed implementation efforts in non-transportation programs under the Committee's jurisdiction, including environmental, inland waterways and public buildings infrastructure. 
August 5, 2009
On July 27,  AGC sent letters to 27 federal agencies asking them to identify barriers to getting stimulus funds to contracts.  In a letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, AGC CEO Steve Sandherr outlined AGC's concerns with the slow progress of funds flowing to actual projects through EPA Recovery dollars for Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund programs. 
July 17, 2009

AGC Vice President Kris Young testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water and Natural Resources.

July 17, 2009
AGC Vice President Kris Young, President and CEO of Miller the Driller in Des Moines, Iowa, testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water and Natural Resources  regarding the GAO report titled “Opportunities and Challenges in the Creation of a Clean Water Trust Fund.”
July 17, 2009
On the eastern front of the U.S. Capitol Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to establish a Water Trust Fund. The “Water Protection and Reinvestment Act,” H.R.3202, establishes a $10 billion annual fund for repairing America’s corroded pipes and overburdened sewer systems, which pose serious health, environmental and security consequences.
July 16, 2009
AGC CEO Steve Sandherr called for the establishment of a water trust fund Wednesday during a press conference on Capitol Hill.  Congressman Earl Blumenauer invited AGC to participate in the event in which he set the stage for a long-overdue debate on water infrastructure funding.
July 10, 2009
On March 12, 2009, The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR. 1262, the Water Quality Investment Act of 2009. This bill authorizes $19.4 billion over five years for wastewater infrastructure projects, including $13.8 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) and $2.5 billion for the sewer overflow control grants program.  On May 14, 2009, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed companion legislation in S.1005, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act of 2009. S.
July 10, 2009
AGC of America will host our annual Joint Highway and Utility Contractors Issues meeting November 12-14, 2009 at the PGA  Resort in West Palm Beach, Florida. Registration and agenda information will be available soon!

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