News from Capitol Hill
- Monday, 15 July 2019 14:07
ACPA is pleased to present just a few highlights of PCA’s “This Week in Washington” update by Rachel Derby, PCA Vice President of Legislative Affairs. Interested in seeing more? Become an ACPA Advocacy Interest Member.* Advocacy Interest Members are eligible to participate in the Legislative Issues Committee (LIC). Click here to join!
- Congress is set to begin week two of a four week work period before returning home for August Recess. This will be a busy stretch in Washington. At the top of the Congressional “to-do” list is addressing the looming debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling before leaving town at the end of the month.
- Before the break, the House will also seek to pass a bill to increase minimum wage, possibly continue to address immigration and potentially focus on Medicare through introduction of a prescription drug package. In the upper chamber, Majority Leader McConnell will continue to move forward on pending nominations, some tax treaties and possibly some healthcare related legislation.
In other news…
- The North American Concrete Alliance sent a letter to Senate leadership supporting Jeffrey Byard’s nomination to be the next administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His nomination has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, and awaits consideration by the full Senate.
- The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously supported Michelle Schultz’s nomination to be a member of the Surface Transportation Board. The President has yet to nominate a candidate for the vacant Democratic position and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) wants a full Senate vote on Schultz’s nomination to be paired with another nominee to the STB.
- The Senate EPW Committee held a hearing focused on the importance of passing a long-term reauthorization of the surface transportation program. As part of Chairman Barrasso’s (R-WY) remarks, he indicated the committee’s goal is to pass a bipartisan five-year reauthorization bill before the August recess. Witnesses from two state DOTs spoke about the importance of passing a long-term bill that ensures funding certainty to advancing projects.
- The House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee held a hearing on the status of implementation and assessing future needs of a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Members of the subcommittee used the hearing to demonstrate their support for passage of a WRDA bill next year to continue to pass a bill every two years. WRDA bills authorize new Army Corps of Engineers which are cement intensive. Additionally, Chairman DeFazio (D-OR-04) spoke about his continued work to ensure the full resources of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) are invested annually, instead of sitting on a large balance.
- The House Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing on the needs of a national surface transportation research agenda, which will be reauthorized as part of FAST Act reauthorization. Both members and witnesses highlighted the need to balance short and long term research needs. Research into improving the durability and lifespan of transportation projects was raised as a place to focus this research.
- The Senate confirmed Peter Wright as Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) in a vote of 52-38. OLEM is responsible for Superfund, Brownfields, and Waste policy, including defining and regulating nonhazardous secondary materials (NHSMs) critical to cement industry efforts to increase the use of lower-carbon alternative fuels. Wright previously served as an attorney for Dow Chemical.
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Take a Sneak Peek at the ACPA Annual Meeting
- Tuesday, 09 July 2019 09:28
A fun-filled, information-packed annual meeting is in the works and ACPA is offering an early preview of the tentative agenda:
- Tuesday, Dec. 3 – The meeting begins with the ACPA Chapter Committee Meeting, and meetings of the IGGA, RCC Pavement Council, and ACPA Emerging Leaders Group.
- Wednesday, Dec. 4 – The day begins with breakfast and Task Force Meetings, followed by the Strategic Advisory Committee, Annual Meeting of the Members, Legislative Issues Committee and the Concrete Pavement University (CPU) opening session. An early evening Mardi Gras reception will give attendees a relaxing and fun-filled opportunity to enjoy time networking and spending time with other meeting attendees.
- Thursday, Dec. 5 – The final day includes the ACPA Association Award breakfast, followed by our popular CPU tech transfer & educational events. Eight CPU breakouts are divided into two concurrent tracks throughout the morning and afternoon. The 30th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards” dinner closes out the evening and marks the end of the meeting.
With record attendance at the Mid-Year Meeting, and an all-time high number of ACPA contractor members (210 in all), we anticipate exceptional attendance, an information-packed meeting, and plenty of networking and fun!
The meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 5., at the New Orleans Marriott, located in the heart of the ‘Big Easy.’ ACPA is finalizing the draft agenda, which we plan to post soon. Until then, save the dates and plan to join us in New Orleans. For a quick preview of our website, please visit: http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.
ACPA Extends Excellence Awards Deadline
- Tuesday, 09 July 2019 08:57
ACPA has extended the final deadline for submitting “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” award project descriptions and photos to Friday, July 19th.
Projects must have been completed in the calendar year 2018. To submit your project for award consideration or to view complete program details, including eligibility requirements, please click here. To read more about the awards program, please click here.
If you are submitting an award, please click on the appropriate links to read more about “eligibility.” Please review the complete eligibility requirements by selecting the ‘Eligibility’ link. We also urge everyone submitting a project for judging to review the updated “Project Photograph” section, which appears under several links on the awards submittal page.
Award recipients will receive an invite to attend the ACPA’s 30th Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 5th, at the New Orleans Marriott. The banquet will be held during the ACPA 56th Annual Meeting.
PCA/ACPA Paving Webinar Spotlights Caltrans Research, FAA Specs
- Tuesday, 09 July 2019 07:09
The next PCA/ACPA monthly paving call is scheduled for Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. (Central) 11 a.m. (Eastern). This month’s webinar will feature:
- An overview of the upcoming Promoters’ Forum, which is designed for local promoters to learn about the latest promotion techniques and resources available from national organizations and from other promoters. (Speaker: Alpa Swinger, PCA)
- A Caltrans-supported research project, which is examining the potential use of Portland Limestone Cement/Ordinary Portland Cement+Limestone (PLC / OPC+LS) made with clinkers that are historically type II/V. (Speaker: Dr. Jason Weiss, Oregon State University)
- A presentation that will highlight some of the impacts ACPA and the concrete industry had on the recently updated Federal Aviation Administration airport construction guide specifications, including a new full-depth reclamation specification and other positive changes that will help promote the use of concrete pavements at general aviation airports. (Speaker: Gary Mitchell, ACPA)
Click here to register for the 60-min. webinar.
Have You Reserved Your Place at ACPA’s Airport Workshop?
- Monday, 08 July 2019 15:23
ACPA is encouraging members and airport owners’ representatives to register soon for ACPA’s Airport Pavement Design & Construction Workshop. Because of the high demand, ACPA seats and hotel rooms are going quickly.
The workshop this year will be held at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale (FL) from Oct. 22 through 24. Please click here to visit our one-stop website, which includes a registration link, hotel registration link, and updated agenda.
One of the popular highlights of the workshop is straightforward, often spirited discussions about concrete pavement specifications for airports, notably the FAA’s P-501 spec and the UFGS 32 13 14.13 spec used for US Army Corps of Engineers and other Tri-Services projects. Seats are going quickly, so don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this popular training and tech transfer event!