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Congress Passes Two-Month Highway Extension

Congress has voted to extend authorizations for federal highway and transit programs through July 31. Both the House and Senate passed the measure. The new stopgap is the 33rd extension in six years. President Obama is expected to sign the bill before the May 31 deadline.

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WOTUS Rule Expands EPA Authority; Exempts Quarries

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. In taking this action, EPA greatly expanded its own regulatory authority and created new bureaucratic red tape for many U.S. industrial activities.

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America's Rural Roads In Critical Need of Repair

America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth in the nation’s Heartland, which is a critical source of energy, food and fiber and home to an aging and increasingly diverse population that is heavily reliant on the quality of its transportation system. A new report released by The Road Information program (TRIP) evaluates the safety and condition of the nation’s rural roads and bridges and finds that the nation’s rural transportation system is in need of improvements to address deficient roads and bridges, high crash rates, and inadequate connectivity and capacity.

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