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Welcome to 2017 – Transition Homestretch & GOP 2017 Legislative Agenda

Trump Transition’s Homestretch President-elect Trump has only a few Cabinet seats remaining to fill as the confirmation proceedings of those already chosen will kick into gear with the convening of the new Congress today. There are still several gaps in

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Infrastructure Alert – October 1, 2013

As Congress has now failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund most federal operations, a government shutdown began this morning, the beginning of the federal government’s 2014 fiscal year. While exceptions are made for “essential” employees that are critical

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Infrastructure Alert – July 24, 2013

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver a speech at the Jacksonville Port Authority. The speech is expected to involve remarks on the nation’s infrastructure and how the Administration will advance infrastructure investment. This is his second speech at a port this

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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 as $10 billion for new infrastructure spending.  The

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Infrastructure Alert – January 3, 2013

  The 112th Congress adjourned before voting on any Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Although the Senate passed a $60.4 billion relief bill, the House did not hold a vote on it nor the Republican-backed alternative $27 billion bill.  After the

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Cybersecurity 3-Point Bulletin

What’s currently being done? The Cybersecurity Act of 2012, that was defeated in the Senate in August, provides strengthened protection against cyber attacks in the federal government and in private, critical infrastructure systems. The bill would allow the government and

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Infrastructure Alert – July 24, 2012

On July 6, President Obama signed the transportation reauthorization bill, culminating a three-year stretch of bipartisan back and forth over highway and transit spending. Last week, the US Conference of Mayors released its annual U.S. Metro Economies Report which indicated

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Infrastructure Alert – June 28, 2012

Last night the members of the Congressional Transportation Conference Committee agreed on a bicameral long term transportation reauthorization bill.  House GOP leaders now have until Saturday at midnight to approve the bill prior to the expiration of the current financing

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Infrastructure Alert – March 13, 2012

  Washington, D.C., continues to arm wrestle over transportation funding legislation, as the Senate and House work to move competing legislation.  Last week saw support for the House bill crumble away, even as leaders tried to work out contentious provisions

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