Government

Follow developments in legislation, court rulings, and more for the construction industry on the local, state and federal levels.



Senate Votes to Begin Work on Nearly $1T Infrastructure Bill

The U.S. Senate voted July 28 to begin efforts to pass President Joe Biden's almost $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, a sudden move following an agreement between the White House and a bipartisan group of senators on major provisions of the package weeks ago....


President Joe Biden Visits Mack Trucks Lehigh Valley Operations

Mack Trucks hosted President Joe Biden at its Lehigh Valley Operations (LVO) facility in Macungie, Pa., on July 28. President Biden stressed the importance of American manufacturing, buying American products and good-paying jobs during remarks made at the facility....


NTEA Calls on Congress to Repeal Federal Excise Tax

NTEA — The Association for the Work Truck Industry commends U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) for introducing S. 2435, the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2021. This bipartisan bill would repeal the 12 percent federal excise tax (FET) on heavy trucks and trailers....


S.C. Congresswoman Mace Tours May-RHI, Talks Infrastructure Plan, Industry Concerns

Freshman Congresswoman Nancy Mace, a Republican from the 1st District of South Carolina, visited the Summerville branch of May-RHI on July 7 to learn more about the construction equipment business and talk about President Biden's proposed infrastructure plan....


USDOT Awards Nearly $1B in INFRA Grants Across 18 States

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to award $905 million to 24 projects in 18 states via the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America or INFRA discretionary grant program. USDOT said it selected those INFRA grant recipients based on several criteria....


U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Tours Taylor Machine Works

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and The Taylor Group of Companies hosted United States Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) for a special I Make America event at Taylor Machine Works in Louisville, Miss....


Gov. Commits $475M for Indiana Projects

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced a commitment of $475 million in funding dedicated to three transformational infrastructure projects across southern Indiana that will enhance Indiana's top-rated transportation network as the Crossroads of America....


Infrastructure Plan Could Boost Construction

Contractors around the country are hoping that President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan will mean a boost to the U.S. economy, a plethora of jobs and demand for construction machines, parts and equipment-related supplies and services....


New York State Lawmakers Pass Bill to Stop Construction Wage Theft

Legislators in the New York State Senate approved a bill June 3 that would hold construction contractors responsible for wage theft committed by their subcontractors. The measure, which passed the Assembly and is now headed to Gov....


Mayor Lightfoot Launches Chicago Works Infrastructure Plan

With the 2021 paving season under way, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined Aldermen and city officials on April 26 to launch the Chicago Works jobs and infrastructure plan. The event kicked off the first year of the five-year multi-billion-dollar Chicago Works Capital Plan....