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CEG's Politics News page gives you the inside scoop on what's happening in construction industry politics on the local, state and federal levels. It's your go-to source for developments in legislation, court rulings and more.

Five major steel industry groups strongly urged Congress to include significant infrastructure investment in the next phase of COVID-19 stimulus legislation to provide a clear path toward our nation's recovery. "American businesses will not likely feel the full economic impact of COVID-19 until later this year, as social distancing and shelter-in-place measures undoubtedly save lives but continue to slow economic activity in the manufacturing and construction sectors," the groups said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.

The Trump administration's overhaul of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will both reduce delays to key transportation improvements projects and maintain environmental safeguards, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

DOVER, Del. (AP) Democratic Gov. John Carney is proposing to increase Delaware's operating budget by almost 4 percent next fiscal year, boosting spending to more than $4.6 billion. The budget proposal unveiled recently for the fiscal year starting July 1 includes a 2 percent pay raise for state employees, who also received pay raises last year and the year before.

The Baker-Polito Administration filed an "An Act Financing Improvements to Municipal Roads and Bridges," which seeks $200 million in Chapter 90 funds to support local transportation infrastructure projects in all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

Louisiana's new legislative leaders quickly signed off Thursday on plans for the state to borrow up to $350 million to replenish the account that pays for state-financed construction work, the first major financial decision for the latest House and Senate term.

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to the release of infrastructure principles by House Democrats and Republicans on Jan. 28 and 29: "There are many important details included in these new infrastructure principles that should prompt robust debate as members work to craft vital new infrastructure legislation.

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement after the President signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement during a ceremony at the White House: "President Trump and Congress have delivered a free trade agreement that works for equipment manufacturers, farmers, and working families across the country," said Slater.

The following statement is attributed to American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President and CEO Dave Bauer. "The separate release of principles from members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure [T&I] Committee is the latest in a long list of reminders that improving America's transportation infrastructure network remains an area for common ground.

The Trump administration's rewrite of the 2015 "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule will help restore clarity to federal wetlands regulations and reduce delays to important transportation improvements, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said.

On Jan. 23, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo outlined the FY 2021 Executive Budget, advancing a clear vision and bold, nation-leading and historic actions to make progress happen in the State of New York. The budget plan features a $33 billion five-year plan to combat climate change, including a new plan to streamline government bureaucracy to deliver renewable energy projects faster; a $25 billion expansion of New York's largest-in-the-nation building program, bringing it to $275 billion; an historic $28.5 billion investment in education while reforming funding formulas to prioritize support for poor schools; and an expanded Excelsior free college tuition program to include families making up to $150,000 per year.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) The Trump administration on Jan. 22 approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, pushing the $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom. The approval signed by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and obtained by The Associated Press covers 46 mi.