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Mexico Accepts US Steel Deal

Earlier this month, Mexico lawmakers announced that the country would accept a U.S. demand regarding greater regional content on steel in the deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada if the ...


Border Wall Funding Blocked in TX

Earlier this week, a U.S. federal judge blocked the Trump administration from transferring $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds for the construction of border wall along the southern border.


DOL Apprenticeship Stirs Contractor Debate

The United States Department of Labor’s deadline for formal comments regarding a proposal to exempt the construction industry and the military from creating Industry-Recognized Apprenticeshi...


EPA Proposes Revisions to NSR, CWA

Last week, a few proposals emerged out of the Environmental Protection Agency—including revisions to New Source Review regulations and changes to certifications under the Clean Water Act—tha...


Trump Expands American Steel Requirement

Earlier this month, President Donald J. Trump signed an order that would see the expansion of the use of American-made iron and steel in federal projects. The “Buy American” platform will pu...


New York Approves Climate Leadership Bill

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement to pass Senate Bill S6599, which sets a net-zero emissions economy goal by 2050.


US to Enact Tariffs on Mexico Imports

Late last week, President Donald J. Trump announced that starting June 10, a 5% tariff would be applied to all goods being imported from Mexico. These tariffs are a way of addressing the “em...


Trump Lifts Some Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that the United States will be lifting its steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on Canada and Mexico in exchange of a new monitoring and enforcemen...


Trump Looking at Quotas to Replace Tariffs

As President Donald J. Trump works to update the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, one steel executive has gone on record to say he thinks a quota system will replace the current tariff...


Lawmakers Reveal $2T Infrastructure Agreement

Just yesterday, President Donald J. Trump and Democratic congressional leaders announced the agreement of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The proposal focuses on roads, bridges, highways,...


NYC Rail Rehab Considered Despite Funding

Project organizers for the Hudson Tunnel—a new rail tunnel slated to run between New York and New Jersey— are reviewing their options after key federal funding for the $13 billion project pr...


Border Wall Prototypes Damaged with Tools

A recently revealed report indicates that all eight border wall prototypes, inspected by President Donald J. Trump in March 2018, are susceptible to breaching. President Trump has chosen a s...


Trump to Nominate Wheeler as New EPA Head

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that he intends to interim Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler for the position permanently. Trump made the announcement...


Tariffs, Design Changes Bump WA Arena to $700M

The developer tasked with renovating Seattle’s historic KeyArena recently cited President Donald J. Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum as the cause for the rising price tag of th...


Draft Assessment for New Keystone XL Route Positive

TransCanada’s long-planned Keystone XL pipeline is a step closer to being built after the U.S. State Department released a draft environmental impact statement suggesting that the alternativ...


Discussions Continue on Air Force One Redesign

President Donald J. Trump recently confirmed changes are in store for Air Force One, noting that the presidential plane will be completely updated, which includes a new paint scheme.


EPA Admin Pruitt Hands in Resignation

President Donald J. Trump announced the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt via Twitter last Thursday.


EPA Head Pruitt Resigns

President Donald J. Trump revealed Thursday via Twitter that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned.


Pentagon Concerned About Gulf Offshore Expansion

The Pentagon said in a report to Congress Thursday (May 10) that offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico would cause problems for necessary military activities carried out in the reg...


US Delays Steel Tariffs for Some Nations

The United States tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from various countries have been delayed as the U.S. continues negotiations that could head off duties for the nations.


US Delays Steel Tariffs for Some Nations

United States tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from a host of countries, including Canada and the European Union, have been delayed as the country continues negotiations that could head ...


US Announces Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that he plans this week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the country, drawing praise from in the industry but stoking fears o...


US Announces Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

President Donald J. Trump announced Thursday that he plans this week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the country, drawing praise from American steelmakers but stoking fe...


Construction Begins on CA Border Wall

Construction for the replacement of the El Centro Sector wall in California has begun, marking the first border wall contract awarded by the U.S. government after the eight prototypes that w...


Trump Reportedly Still Eyes Gas Tax Hike

President Donald J. Trump is still looking into raising the federal gas tax by 25 cents to help fund his $1.5 billion infrastructure plan, according to reports, which may lead to a large den...


California To Block New Offshore-Produced Oil

California officials announced early this month that the state would be blocking the transportation of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs, a move intended to counteract a recent call from ...


Trump Releases Infrastructure Plan Details

President Donald J. Trump released his proposed infrastructure plan Monday, including $200 billion the administration says will “spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments” by...


Navy to Report to Congress on Shipyard Plans

The U.S. Navy will soon present to Congress a summary of what it says it will need in order to bring its shipyards up to snuff and ensure they’re capable of maintaining the military’s growin...


Trump Infrastructure Plan Begins to Materialize

President Donald J. Trump announced in his first State of the Union address Tuesday (Jan. 30) that he would push Congress to pass a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package—even larger than the ...


FL Offshore Drilling Reportedly Still Possible

A senior official of the Department of the Interior has reportedly asserted that Florida’s coastal waters will not necessarily be exempted from the Trump administration's offshore drilling p...


Feds Remove FL from Offshore Drilling Plan

Months after the initial announcement of the largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in United States history, the Trump administration has indicated that Florida will be exempt.


Trump's OSHA Pick Talks Teamwork at Hearing

Scott Mugno, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as assistant secretary of labor, got through his confirmation hearing last week by ...


Infrastructure Plan Due in January

The administration of President Donald J. Trump is reportedly planning to release its long-awaited plan to jump-start infrastructure work in the United States in January.


Labor Unions Join Forces for Immigrant Workers

Several labor unions recently announced that they are banding together to form a campaign that’s aiming to save workers of Temporary Protected Status from deportation.


White House Submits Third Disaster Aid Package

Last week, the White House sent its third disaster aid request to Congress asking for $44 billion—a move that many in Congress criticized, as it’s about one-third of what Texas and Puerto Ri...


Trump Announces New OSHA Head

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to get a new leader, as President Donald J. Trump has announced his nominee for Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety ...


President Trump Taps Pick to Head OSHA

President Donald J. Trump has announced his pick for Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, the head of the Department of Labor's worker-safety agency


EPA Rolls Back Toxic Substance Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is now saying that it is tightening the parameters of a congressionally mandated review of chemicals in public use, effectively leaving out millions of to...


Largest US Offshore Drilling Lease Announced

The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced what is projected to be the largest oil and gas lease sale in the country’s history, which will include 76.9 million acres in the Gulf of Me...


ABC President Tapped for Apprenticeship Task Force

In order to implement President Donald J. Trump's plans for expanding apprenticeships, a task force is starting to take shape, and it now involves Associated Builders and Contractors Preside...


ABC President Tapped for Apprenticeship Task Force

The task force needed to implement President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on apprenticeships is taking shape, and now includes president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors M...


Construction Begins on Border Wall Prototypes

Prototype construction on the planned border wall between the United States and Mexico broke ground on Tuesday. Eight designs—four to be made from concrete, and four from alternative materia...


U.S. Awards More Border Wall Contracts

A week after awarding the first contracts for concrete prototypes of the planned border wall between the United States and Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced last week the ...


First Border Wall Contracts Awarded

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, announced Thursday (Aug. 31) that it has awarded four contracts for the construction of prototype concr...


Trump Ends Flood Rule, Accelerates Reviews

On Tuesday President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order on Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure, which inte...


Trump Speeds Federal Reviews, Kills Flood Rule

President Donald J. Trump introduced a new executive order Tuesday, streamlining the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects and effectively overturning Obama...


White House Undergoing Renovations

The White House is undergoing renovations until Aug. 20, during the period when the president customarily takes a vacation.


Senate May Move Alone on Infrastructure

New reports indicate that a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators may attempt to pass their own infrastructure bill this fall if none materializes from the White House, where the matter has seem...


Trump to Nominate Glick to FERC

President Trump announced his intended third nomination for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week.


NY State Passes 'Buy American' Steel Rule

New York’s state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed last week on a new law giving preference to American-made steel on big state projects—but stopping short of the strict buy-American ...


Executive Order Expands Apprentice Program

President Donald J. Trump last week issued an executive order aimed at expanding federal apprenticeship programs, increasing funding for apprenticeships to $200 million while loosening restr...


Trump Signs Order to Expand Apprenticeships

On Thursday, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that would increase federal funding for apprenticeships to $200 million—about double what it is now.


Architects Respond to Climate Change Pullout

The American Institute of Architects weighed in on the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and insisted it would continue its practice of maintainin...


US Names Chief Offshore Regulator

A former Louisiana lieutenant governor and state utility regulator has been named head of the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the agency that oversees offshore drilling.


Beryllium Rule Changes Considered

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering a further delay and possible changes to its Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, though technically the rule wen...


Trump Infrastructure Plan Fleshed Out in Budget

President Donald J. Trump’s newly released budget proposal includes a closer look at the administration's infrastructure plan, which involves increased spending at the federal level that the...


OSHA to Push Back Recordkeeping Deadline

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to postpone the filing deadline for its new electronic recordkeeping rule, which had been set at July 1 for many employers.


$1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan ‘Weeks’ Away

President Donald J. Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan is just weeks from being unveiled, according to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and it will reportedly include $...


OSHA Reporting Website Has Yet to Materialize

The deadline for many U.S. employers to report workplace injury records under a new electronic recordkeeping rule is about seven weeks away, but one thing is stopping them: The website that ...


Trump Floats Idea of Raising Federal Gas Tax

President Donald J. Trump said othat he was considering raising the federal tax on gasoline, and using the new revenue for his infrastructure package.


ABC, NAHB Throw Support Behind New DOL Head

The new Department of Labor Secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, was confirmed Friday (April 28) with a 60-38 vote, marking the fourth time Acosta has been confirmed for an executive-brand positi...


Another FERC Commissioner to Resign

Another member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced that she will step down from her post, leaving the possibility that the board could be left with only one member.


Trump Expected to Initiate Offshore Action

President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign an executive order today (April 28) that will roll back limitations on offshore drilling that were put into place by the administration of Barac...


Trump Company Owes $300K in Painter Lawsuit

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt by one of President Donald J. Trump’s companies to get out of paying a Miami paint store chain more than $300,000 in owed mo...


OSHA: New Silica Rule Pushed Back to September

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday (April 6) that it would push back enforcement of the construction industry's new respirable cr...


OSHA Announces Silica Rule Delay

The U.S. Department of Labor is delaying its enforcement of a new rule on respirable crystalline silica in the construction industry, originally set to be enforced in June.


Trump Stops Contractor ‘Blacklist Rule’

A rule that would have required contractors seeking work on federal projects to disclose violations—including wage and hour laws, health and safety rules and civil rights protections—was str...


Trump Stops Contractor ‘Blacklist Rule’

President Donald J. Trump has struck down a rule that would have required contractors seeking work on federal projects to disclose labor civil, administrative and workplace protection violat...


US Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

President Donald J. Trump’s administration officially reversed his predecessor’s decision on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, allowing the 1,179-mile oil pipeline to m...


Trump Budget Cuts Transportation Funding

The budget proposal put forth last week by President Donald J. Trump would see the federal government taking a step back in its funding of transportation projects, leading some to question h...


Reports: Trump to Nominate 3 to FERC

President Donald J. Trump is expected to nominate three new members to the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee, potentially restarting business for the federal panel, which regulates interst...


‘US Made’ Won’t Apply to Keystone XL

Weeks after President Donald J. Trump issued presidential memos inviting TransCanada to re-apply for approval for its Keystone XL pipeline project and calling on pipeline companies to use U....


OSHA Proposes Beryllium Rule Delay

Federal workplace-safety officials have proposed pushing back the effective date for a new rule on exposure to beryllium, citing a presidential memorandum calling for a temporary freeze on n...


Trump Speaks to Newport News Shipbuilders

President Donald J. Trump visited Newport News Shipbuilding Thursday, speaking on the deck of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford to a group of more than a thousand shipbuilders and sailors.


US Seeks Contractors for Border Wall

The federal government has begun the process of soliciting contractors for the design and construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, a pillar of President Donald J. ...


Trump Focuses on Repealing Regulations

President Donald J. Trump's plan to roll back federal regulations is in play.


Trump Orders Examination of Regulations

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order Friday (Feb. 24) that establishes task forces within executive departments to identify regulations that might be ripe for repeal or modifi...


No Delay in Silica Rule Challenge

The legal challenge against the new federal respirable silica rule remains on schedule, despite a recent attempt to delay proceedings.


Silica Rule Challenge Delay Denied

A panel of federal judges has denied a request from industry groups to delay proceedings in a court case that challenges the new federal respirable silica rule, a request that the petitioner...


Army Corps Gives Dakota Access Green Light

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday (Feb. 7) that it would approve an easement that will allow the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile underground pipeline that ...


Shipyards Excused from Hiring Freeze

Naval shipyards are among the federal entities that are exempt from the 90-day hiring freeze put into place by President Donald J. Trump, according to the Department of Defense.


Chao Confirmed as Transportation Secretary

The U.S. Senate voted 93-6 last week to confirm Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation, giving its approval to a longtime public servant and political figure who first served in the Depa...


FERC Shakeup Threatens Pipeline Schedules

The resignation of a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, effective Friday (Feb. 3), has left natural gas pipeline project teams scrambling for approvals before what could be ...


Infrastructure Ideas Fly in Washington

The first full week of President Donald J. Trump’s administration included a $1 trillion infrastructure bill proposal from Democrats and the leak of two lists of potential administration inf...


Trump Revives Keystone XL Pipeline

President Donald Trump revived the possibility that the Keystone XL pipeline could be built across the central United States when he reversed the Obama administration’s rejection of the oil ...


 
 
   

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