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NSSGA recognizes outstanding grassroots contributions

Feb 26, 2015

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) has announced that it plans to recognize four grassroots advocates for their efforts to influence federal policy. The award presentation will take place during the Closing General Session of the NSSGA Annual ...

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Time is running out! Astec launches Highway Trust Fund campaign

Jan 27, 2015

Time is running out! Astec launches Highway Trust Fund campaign

Astec Industries is putting pressure on Congress to figure out a long-term Highway Trust Fund plan by launching a campaign titled "Don't Let America Dead End." “Time is running out. America’s infrastructure is in desperate need of rebuilding,” the campaign website ...

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Responses to Obama’s State of the Union address

Jan 21, 2015

Responses to Obama’s State of the Union address

President Obama called for Congress to pass a “bipartisan infrastructure plan” during his Sate of the Union address on Tuesday night which has led to reaction from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), as well as Building America’s ...

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Obama wants ‘bipartisan infrastructure plan,’ no mention of gas tax hike

Jan 21, 2015

Obama wants ‘bipartisan infrastructure plan,’ no mention of gas tax hike

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama called for Congress to pass a “bipartisan infrastructure plan.” However, Obama never mentioned the possibility of raising the federal gas tax. “21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure  — ...

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Portland Cement Association names vice president for government affairs

Jan 15, 2015

Portland Cement Association names vice president for government affairs

The Portland Cement Association has appointed A Todd Johnston as vice president for government affairs, effective 19 January 2015. Johnston will represent PCA and its members with the federal government from the association's Washington office. Johnston joins PCA with a strong record of ...

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Congress passes $1.1 trillion spending bill; cuts billions from federal construction accounts

Dec 15, 2014

Congress passes $1.1 trillion spending bill; cuts billions from federal construction accounts

Two days after the legislation was passed by a tight vote in the House, the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Saturday night that includes both good and bad news for federal construction accounts in 2015. The bill keeps the ...

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Attention Congress: Two-thirds of jobs created by transportation investment occur in non-construction sectors

Dec 10, 2014

Attention Congress: Two-thirds of jobs created by transportation investment occur in non-construction sectors

  If Congress somehow lacks the motivation needed to agree on a long-term Highway Trust Fund, a new report from IHS Inc., a leading global source of critical information and insight, may lead to some more serious discussions. "Congress has decided to leave ...

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President Obama calls America’s infrastructure ‘embarrassing’

Dec 03, 2014

President Obama calls America’s infrastructure ‘embarrassing’

President Obama is embarrassed by the current state of America's transportation infrastructure and he made no bones about it while talking to corporate leaders. "I’d much rather have our problems than China’s problems. That I’m confident about. On the other hand, ...

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VIDEO: CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ spotlights America’s neglected infrastructure

Nov 24, 2014

VIDEO: CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ spotlights America’s neglected infrastructure

In case you missed it, CBS's "60 Minutes" did a feature on America's neglected transportation infrastructure on Sunday. During the segment, 60 minutes talked to former transportation secretary of transportation Ray LaHood. “Our infrastructure's on life supports right now. That's what ...

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Highway Trust Fund: A look at who’s in and who’s out in next Congress

Nov 19, 2014

Highway Trust Fund: A look at who’s in and who’s out in next Congress

  The Republicans delivered quite a trouncing in the recent mid-term elections, and conventional wisdom says a Republican Senate, to go along with a Republican House, is probably good for trucking. On the regulatory front, certainly. As for the chances of a ...

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Ray LaHood calls for ‘a big pot of money’ to fix America’s roads and bridges

Oct 30, 2014

Ray LaHood calls for ‘a big pot of money’ to fix America’s roads and bridges

Continuing his “America is one big pothole” theme, former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood used an appearance at a Caterpillar press event Wednesday night to lambast the present direction of U.S. transportation policy. Calling the 2-year transportation bill passed ...

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ARTBA Video: Fix the Highway Trust Fund …NOW!

Oct 15, 2014

ARTBA Video: Fix the Highway Trust Fund …NOW!

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President and CEO Pete Ruane has released the above video urging transportation design and construction industry professionals to let their voices be heard during the mid-term elections. Ruane's video highlights the current political situation with ...

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