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ARTBA Hosts Transportation Advocates Council

More than 24 transportation champions came together July 15 in the nation’s capital for the inaugural meeting of the “Transportation Investment Advocates Council” – a national network of construction and better roads professionals, chamber of commerce executives, and public officials who share a common interest in building support for transportation infrastructure investments in their state or local community.

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Congress Passes Yet Another Transportation Extension

On July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an $8 billion short-term patch (H.R. 3038) to authorize the surface transportation programs through Dec. 18, 2015.

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Proposed Cemex Quarry Under Fire from California Officials

Congressman Steve Knight (R-Calif.) has called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny Cemex the permits it needs to mine in Soledad Canyon, Calif., according to a report in the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. The congressman wrote a letter to Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commanding general and chief of engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging the agency to deny Cemex the permits. Democratic Congressional peers Judy Chu, (D-Pasadena) and Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) also signed onto the letter.

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Critical Minerals Bill Includes Aggregates

A bill to ease permitting for domestic mines providing strategic and critical minerals, which includes aggregates used in infrastructure projects, advanced last week in Congress despite partisan objections, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

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