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WRRDA Report Approved by House

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the conference report on water resources legislation by a vote of 412 to 4. Six months of intense negotiations between House and Senate conferees produced a bipartisan bill aimed at reforming and streamlining an outdated bureaucracy, increasing flexibility for public-private investment and eliminating earmarks. The Senate may vote on the conference report by the end of this week.

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Key Senate Committee Passes Transportation Bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved S.2322, the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, a long-term bipartisan bill to reauthorize the nation's transportation programs for six years at current funding plus inflation, illustrating broad bipartisan support for passage by the full Senate.

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Nonresidential Construction Index Sets Record High

According to FMI, the NRCI has once again inched higher into positive territory with a score of 65.8, a gain of just 0.9 points over last quarter’s results. That’s another record for the NRCI, but that gain might have been higher if the change in material and labor costs was not included as part of the Index score calculations.

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CASE Brings Dire States Tour to Washington, D.C.

CASE Construction Equipment brought the Dire States tour to Washington, D.C., for Infrastructure Week 2014, a series of events designed to “explore emerging solutions, innovative approaches and best practices being developed nationwide to modernize aging infrastructure.”

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