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ASCC Recognizes Exemplary Safety Records for 2022

ST. LOUIS, MO – Concrete contractors with exemplary safety records for 2022 were recognized by the Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, Mo., at the association’s Twenty-second Annual Conference on September 27th in Grand Rapids, MI.

Washington Report: Advocacy

The American Concrete Pumping Association recognizes the importance of engaging with both congressional and executive branch policymakers whose work directly affects our members’ business. ACPA’s advocacy targets congressional committees that pass the laws authorizing federal funding for infrastructure programs and regulate the construction and transportation industries. Infrastructure projects use a lot of concrete, and road projects support the good condition of our nation’s roads and bridges on which our pumps travel every day.

Washington Report: Electric Concrete Pumps?

Late last month, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty truck emissions for model year 2027 through 2032. EPA emission standards apply to concrete pumps nationwide. These new “Phase 3” standards build on the “Phase 2” standards established in 2016.

Washington Report: Congress's Road Ahead

The 118th Congress got off to a slow start while the House Republican leadership race sorted in early January, leaving Kevin McCarthy as the new Speaker of the House after 15 votes. The extended race for the leader highlighted various, sometimes conflicting, positions that Speaker McCarthy must navigate within his caucus. This will be a challenging session.

Washington Report: A New Year, a New Congress

by Patty Power, ACPA Washington Advocate

2022 is coming to a close, as is the 117th Session of Congress and the first half of the Biden administration.

Washington Report: Congress Passes Significant Legislation

As summer activity winds down in Washington in early August and federal legislators return to their states and districts to visit with their constituents, and in some cases campaign for the upcoming midterm elections, we have a chance to reflect on this session of Congress to date, and to look ahead through the rest of the year.

Washington Report: ACPA Goes to Capitol Hill

In April, we joined our fellow cement and concrete industry groups for the Washington Fly-In, in person for the first time in a couple of years. In dozens of meetings on Capitol Hill, ACPA’s seven participants made the case for the Concrete Pump Tax Fairness Act; against favorable treatment for mass timber construction; for federal workforce support for technical training; and against short-term reductions in the federal gas tax.

Washington Report: Infrastructure Week

For years, “This is infrastructure week!” was the cry from Washington, involving a constant outreach to federal policymakers and legislators stressing the importance of maintaining our nation’s existing infrastructure while building the twenty-first century infrastructure needed to compete globally. After too many meetings, hearings, bill drafts, mark-ups and floor debates over the years, we finally did it. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also called the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), was signed into law last November.

Washington Report: Infrastructure!

Infrastructure Week has finally arrived! After years of lobbying in support of federal investments, leadership in Washington finally heard the construction industry and its many partners. The $1.2 trillion federal investment will be matched by significant state and local government investment, increasing the economic benefit over time. President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law on November 15, 2021.

Washington Report: Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

As the magazine goes to press, Washington enters yet another “Infrastructure Week.” Yes, another, but this time is different. The Senate and the White House negotiated the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, the Senate voted repeatedly to consider the legislation to implement the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, and we now await their action of the legislative language. The House of Representatives passed the INVEST Act last month. The House bill is similar in size and scope to the Senate Bipartisan approach, but takes a different approach on a number of programs.


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