Legislative News

Washington Report: The Coming Debate About Concrete and Climate Change

The second of two Democratic presidential candidate debates in June will be best remembered for Senator Kamala Harris’s “leg-sweep” of Joe Biden over his opposition to school busing in the 1970s. However, it was an exchange between moderator Rachel Maddow and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper later in the evening which made my ears perk up.

Washington Report: Mueller, Drugs, Deficits and Infrastructure

As I write this column, political Washington is still coming to terms with the notion that Robert Mueller and his team did not find evidence of collusion between the Trump administration and the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. While the report itself has not been released to the public, it is becoming reasonable to assume that House impeachment proceedings are not in our immediate future.

Washington Report: Key Questions for 2019

The 2018 election came and went largely according to polling predictions. Democrats gained enough seats to earn a majority in the U.S. House, adding 40 seats to their membership to accumulate 235 Democratic members. By comparison, Republicans are expected to have 199 members in the new session.

ACPA Announces HOS Exemption

The American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) is pleased to announce a significant victory for concrete pumpers. On Nov. 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), granted the ACPA’s request for an exemption for concrete pumpers from the requirement that short-haul drivers utilizing the records of duty status (RODS) exception return to their normal work-reporting location 12 hours from coming on duty.

NACA Post-Election Webinar

Please join The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) for a webinar entitled “NACA: 2018 Election Debrief” on Wednesday, November 7, starting at 2:00 PM EST. This webinar will serve as an overview of the available election results, what this means for NACA’s members, and how this will impact the next Congress.

Washington Report: What to Watch on Election Night

The 2018 midterm elections are just around the corner, and unless you have been living under a rock, you know the stakes are high. Democrats have a better than 50-50 chance of gaining a majority in the U.S. House, and while control of the Senate still favors the GOP, increasingly competitive races in Republican strongholds like Tennessee and Texas suggest Democrats have a real shot of taking control of Congress.

NACA Lauds Passage of ‘America’s Water Infrastructure Act’ with Two-Year WRDA Reauthorization

The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) praised the passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which continues the cycle of passing a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) every two years.  Passage of vital water infrastructure and resource programs every two years means Congress is ensuring America can build and maintain 21st Century infrastructure, while supporting the 600,000 jobs across the cement and concrete industries.

Washington Report: A Busy Summer

It is shaping up to be an eventful political summer in Washington, D.C. Ordinarily, with the fall elections approaching, Congress books itself a long August “work period” to return home and get an early start on campaigning. Not this year. The GOP leadership has instead decided to keep the Senate in session to confirm federal judicial appointments, which could include filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.

Action Alert! Keep the Public Safe from Tall Wood Buildings

The International Code Council (ICC) will soon vote on proposed code changes that would allow tall wood buildings to be built up to 18 stories, despite taking into consideration the lack of rigorous scientific testing or in-the-field fire and structural testing!

Signs of Progress: Concrete Pump Tax Fairness Act Introduced to Senate

The American Concrete Pumping Association took another step closer to a legislative victory for concrete pumpers. On April 17, Senators Richard Crapo, R-ID, and Sherrod Brown, D-OH, introduced S.2683, the Concrete Pump Tax Fairness Act, the companion bill to H.R.3292 introduced by Representatives Jason Smith, R-MO, and Earl Blumenauer. D-OR, last year. With bi-partisan bills in both chambers, ACPA has tackled a major hurdle.