AGC of America
AGC of Texas
Alabama Utility Contractors Association
Arizona Utility Contractors Association
Associated Pennsylvania Constructors
Associated Utility Contractors Of Maryland *
Connecticut Construction Industries Association
CIC of Westchester County & Hudson Valley *
Engineering Contractors Association
General Contractors Association Of New York
Georgia Utility Contractors Association
Indiana Constructors Inc.
Long Island Contractors Association
Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
Minnesota Utility Contractors Association*
National Rural Water Association
New Mexico Utility Contractors Association
Ohio Contractors Association
Public Works Contractors Association of Maryland
Tennessee Road Builders Association
United Contractors *UCA of Anne Arundel County
Utility Contractors Association of New England *
Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey *
Contractors Association Of West Virginia
Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association
* Steering Committee Member
AGC of America
May 3, 2019
PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS AGREE TO $2 TRILLION TARGET FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE
After a high-profile meeting at the White House this week, President Trump and the congressional Democrats he met with agreed to a top-line $2 trillion target infrastructure package. While there is no “pay for” or program details, an agreed upon target is viewed by many as progress. Speaker Pelosi says the ball is now in the President’s court to come up with a funding mechanism. “A good start” was a common refrain on the Hill, including from Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman DeFazio. Others in the Senate majority remain skeptical.
Key Advocates reports that this pessimism comes from those who believe that an infrastructure measure is not going to happen because it’s too complicated, a funding source is too challenging and could be politically controversial, and Democrats don’t want to give the President a “win”. Other sources have indicated that the effort is “full speed ahead”. In the House, a mega infrastructure bill is still Speaker Pelosi’s #2 priority – ethics and campaign finance being #1 (the House has already passed a bill on that). As a further indication of that, the Speaker has reserved the designation of H.R. 2 for the infrastructure legislation. Bill designations of 10 or less have traditionally indicated issues of greater importance. Also, the Speaker’s staff has had numerous conversations with the staff of Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neal and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman DeFazio regarding the substance and timing of a bill. DeFazio has said that he believes that a bill can be ready early to late summer. As previously reported, DeFazio has introduced H.R.1497 (discussed further in this report) with bipartisan support, a Clean Water SRF and Alternative Water Source Project bill which, they believe, will be one of the three cornerstones of his mega infrastructure bill – the other two being highways and aviation.
CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS PRESS INFRASTRUCTURE AGENDA – SUPPORT FOR H.R. 1497 GROWS
Chairman DeFazio embarked on a very aggressive series of infrastructure hearings – four having been held in the past two weeks. In the Senate, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has solicited from Members of the Committee what they want in an infrastructure bill. Those “asks” are due by May 1.
Several hearings were held in the House on infrastructure since the last report. The Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on April 10 on energy infrastructure. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held hearings on airport (March 26), roadway (April 9) and waterway infrastructure (April 10). More details are included in the attached report from Key Advocates.
As has been previously discussed and reported, the Coalition sent a letter of support for H.R.1497, the “Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019.” This bill, introduced by Chair DeFazio, Subcommittee Chair Napolitano, and Representatives Don Young and John Katko, now has 18 cosponsors. As a reminder, the bill:
• Authorizes $20 billion in Federal grants over five years for Clean Water SRFs.
• Authorizes $1.5 billion over five years for grants to implement state water pollution control programs.
• Provides $600 million over five years for Clean Water pilot programs (including Federal technical assistance and/or grants) for watershed-based or system-wide efforts to address wet weather discharges, to promote storm water best management practices, to undertake integrated water resource management, and to increase the resiliency of treatment works to natural or man-made disasters.
• Authorizes $375 million in grants over five years for alternative water source projects including projects that reuse wastewater and storm water to augment the existing sources of water.