White House Meetings Yield Optimism, Few Details

What happened: President Joe Biden hosted multiple meetings with key lawmakers in the infrastructure debate, including the top four congressional leaders in the House and Senate, and Senate GOP committees of jurisdiction. The lawmakers said they are encouraged by the...

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ARTBA and Allies Weigh In Against Local Hire Mandates

What happened: In a May 13 letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, 60 transportation construction and allied associations expressed continued opposition to mandated hiring preferences on federal-aid highway and transit projects (sometimes called “local...

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EPA Revokes Trump-Era Cost-Benefit Rule

What happened:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) no longer must consider both the costs and benefits of proposed regulations under the Clean Air Act. In its notice to withdraw the rule, the agency said there is no “rational basis” for it and "additional...

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U.S. Treasury Issues Interim Rule on $350 Billion Relief Uses

What happened: The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued an interim final rule on permissible uses of $350 billion in state and local aid included in the recent American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The move will allow use of this relief money for certain state and local...

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