Infrastructure

January 9, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is seeking information to help it develop a National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP) to address the needs of multimodal freight transportation. According to the Department, freight tonnage will increase by 44 percent between 2015 and 2045, placing increased strain on a system that moves approximately 18 billion tons of freight annually across the country via all modes of transportation.

January 9, 2020

Nicole Nason, Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will address the Highway and Transportation Division on during AGC’s 2020 Convention in Las Vegas this March. As FHWA Administrator, Nason is currently spearheading development of the Trump administration’s principles on FAST Act reauthorization. A leading traffic safety advocate, Nason headed up the National Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) during the George W. Bush administration and served in several other USDOT positions prior to her appointment to lead to organization.

January 9, 2020

On Dec. 20, President Trump signed two spending packages totaling $1.4 trillion, preventing another year-end government shutdown and providing annual funding to all agencies of the federal government through September 30, 2020. Overall, federal construction accounts saw about a nine percent increase—or $12.4 billion—in funding in comparison to FY2019 funding levels. A full AGC analysis of federal and federal-aid construction accounts for FY2020 can be found here. 

December 20, 2019

AGC joined with our highway construction industry partners in a letter to key Congressional transportation leaders to urge support for allowing federal funding to be used to implement automated enforcement in highway construction work zones.

December 20, 2019

Chairmen of Senate Finance and House T&I Report Progress

December 20, 2019

Congress has completed action on compromise omnibus appropriations legislation to fund government operations through the remainder of fiscal 2020 and the President has said he will sign the measure before the current continuing resolution expires on December 20. US Department of Transportation (US DOT) programs are included in the deal. The legislation funds the highway and transit programs at FAST Act authorized levels and includes an additional $2.676 billion from the general fund (see chart below).

December 18, 2019

On Dec. 19, the Senate passed federal funding legislation that the House agreed to on Dec. 17. Pending President Trump’s signature, this measure will fully fund government operations through fiscal year (FY) 2020. Among the many AGC priorities in this legislation, full funding for surface transportation programs at FAST Act authorized levels and an additional $2.676 billion from the general fund for highway and transit projects were included.

December 12, 2019

For the eleventh year in a row, AGC of America has been named as one of the nation’s top lobbying operations by Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill. The publication’s annual ranking of top lobbyists lists AGC CEO Steve Sandherr as a top lobbyist.

December 18, 2019

On Dec. 17, the Senate passed S. 1790, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020. This compromise legislation overwhelmingly passed the House on Dec. 9 and will now head to the President’s desk for his signature. This measure includes roughly $11.8 billion for military and military family housing construction.

December 6, 2019

In December 5 US DOT announced a set of changes to its approach to rulemaking, guidance and enforcement. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, calling the changes the "rule on rules," said the change  will provide greater transparency and strengthen due process in enforcement actions.

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