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Roadmap to the Next Highway Bill

Policy Committees Driving Activity - While the current surface transportation authorization, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), is due to expire on September 30th, the Department of Transportation...more

Congress Probes Crude by Rail Safety Developments; Voluntary Industry-Regulator Agreement Addresses Safety Concerns

Federal regulators and representatives of the rail and petroleum industries testified before a Congressional panel on February 26, 2014 on emerging safety regulations for transportation of crude by rail. Recent derailments...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 24, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection...more

Support for #KeystoneXL Continues to Grow

Ken Salazar, President Obama's former Secretary of the Interior, today added his support with conditions to the construction of the proposed, $7 billion Keystone XL Pipeline. He called the pipeline a "win-win" but suggested...more

State Department Paves Way for Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

On Friday, State Department officials released the final environmental impact statement for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, concluding that the project would not substantially increase carbon emissions, and clearing the...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 30, 2014

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to pass a reauthorization for the Water Resources Development Act. President Obama also called for corporate tax reform as a method to finance...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 20, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics. The hot topic this week is a new bill to amend the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in...more

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: Fuel Taxes Increased to Solve Transportation Funding Shortfall

After years of effort by multiple administrations and after overcoming difficult political hurdles in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Commonwealth has finally addressed its steadily worsening transportation...more

Infrastructure Alert - December 6, 2013

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is forecasting that the U.S. transportation infrastructure construction market will grow by 5 percent from $129 billion in 2013 to $135 billion in 2014. ARTBA forecasts...more

Infrastructure Alert - November 6, 2013

On October 23, the House passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 by a vote of 417-3. The near-unanimous vote on a bill with significant authorizations is notable considering the recent...more

Capital Thinking: Environment

Legislative Activity - Flood Repairs in Colorado - The short-term continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress will allow “the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to use up to $450 million of funds previously...more

Capital Thinking: Transportation and Infrastructure

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - WRRDA Reauthorization - On Thursday, September 19, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marked up and approved H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of...more

Infrastructure Alert - September 4, 2013

Congress will return from its recess on Monday, September 9, and will address a plethora of pressing issues before the end of the month. As neither the House nor the Senate has passed a FY2014 appropriations bill for the...more

Infrastructure Alert - July 24, 2013

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver a speech at the Jacksonville Port Authority....more

Congress, The Administration Move Forward To Secure Critical US Infrastructure

Cyber-attacks by both private actors and nation states against US critical infrastructure and individual communications users are on the rise. In Washington, DC, policy makers are increasing their focus on cyber threats on...more

Infrastructure Alert - July 10, 2013

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has released a Waterborne Freight Transportation report....more

Oil And Gas Bills Passed By Texas Legislature

The regular session of the 2013 Texas Legislature is over and now it’s time to assess the damage. ...more

Energy And Environment Update -- May 20, 2013

In This Issue: Energy & Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 9, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Gov. Brown joins move to rewrite California's Prop. 65 - The Sacramento Bee - May 7: Gov. Jerry Brown is throwing his weight behind a push to update Proposition 65, California's defense...more

Infrastructure Alert - May 1, 2013

President Obama has nominated Anthony Foxx, the Mayor of Charlotte to replace Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation. Mayor Foxx oversaw several large transportation projects during his tenure as mayor, including the...more

Treasury Releases “Green Book” of Obama Administration FY 2014 Tax Priorities

On April 10, the Treasury Department released its “General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 Revenue Proposals.” Known as the “Green Book,” the document provides an explanation of the Administration’s FY...more

Infrastructure Alert - April 17, 2013

Last week, President Obama released his FY2014 budget, outlining several proposals to fund new infrastructure programs. The budget proposes $40 billion for “Fix it First” projects to repair existing infrastructure, as well...more

Capital Thinking Update - April 8, 2013

General Legislative - Tomorrow, April 9, the House will meet at 2:00 pm for legislative business. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules will include: (1) H.R. 254 – Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower...more

Infrastructure Alert - March 26, 2013

This Friday, President Obama will visit the Port of Miami. On July 19, 2012, President Obama put the Port of Miami on his “We Can’t Wait” list of expedited infrastructure projects to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to...more

Infrastructure Alert - March 13, 2013

Sequestration began on March 1, and federal agencies are still in the process of sending out furlough notifications and determining specific program cuts. The continuing resolution authorizing current federal spending will...more

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