Infrastructure an Economy Boost

Dec. 8, 2020 – The Biden administration is eyeing a major infrastructure package as a way to boost the economy and advance its climate priorities, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle eager for progress after four years of fits and starts under President Trump, according to an article in The Hill. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that the nation’s crumbling…

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Pelosi, Trump Align on Infrastructure Bill as Economic Relief

March 31, 2019 – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a “Phase 4” economic-relief package could include “more direct payments” to Americans and spending on infrastructure. “The president said during the campaign and since, infrastructure was a priority for him. So that’s why we believe that in terms of recovery, that’s probably the most bipartisan path that we can take,” Pelosi said.…

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Can’t Afford to Take the Year Off

Jan. 9, 2019 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue just gave his annual State of American Business address, where he outlined top priorities for the business community in the coming year. While acknowledging the complex political environment, Donohue called out top challenges that require bipartisan action in Washington, including a comprehensive infrastructure package, reforms to our immigration system,…

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U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement a Bipartisan Win

Dec. 10, 2019 – Nice to see some bipartisan cooperation for once. The House of Representatives signaled support for a revised trade deal — called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement — that represents an overhaul of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. It would create new intellectual property protections, require more North American parts to be used in automobiles to qualify for…

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No Political Football

May 23, 2019 – I have a message for President Trump and Congress: Do not turn infrastructure funding into a political football! President Trump abruptly canceled an infrastructure meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer at the White House yesterday and declared that bipartisan cooperation was impossible while House committees are investigating him. He also demanded that Congress pass a…

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Senators Introduce Minerals Permitting Legislation

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Martha McSally, (R-Ariz.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), introduced bipartisan legislation that takes a comprehensive approach to begin reducing the United States’ dependence on foreign minerals. Murkowski made the announcement about S. 1317, the American Mineral Security Act, while delivering remarks at the Benchmark Minerals Summit.

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