Legislation

Inside Washington

FY16 Appropriations

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In March, NUCA’s Former Chairman, Ron Nunes, testified before the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.

Understanding Advocacy

Understanding Advocacy

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NUCA brings together a robust and diverse group of utility and excavation contractors as members who leverage their size, strength and expertise to impact federal and state regulation and legislation.

United States Government

If You Won’t, Who Will?

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There’s no shortage of things to complain about when it comes to the federal government. The dysfunction and partisanship are not the least of the concerns. Polls routinely and consistently indicate a deep seeded disapproval and mistrust of the federal government.

Keystone XL

Keystone Not-so-XL

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In a slight divergence from my normal Inside Washington column, I’d like to take this month’s column to highlight what I believe is our greatest challenge.

Federal Budget

What to Make of the Federal Budget

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The Budget Control Act in 2012, which created the automatic spending cuts called “sequestration,” the government shutdown in October 2013 and the Ryan-Murray Budget in December 2013, have all been the result of the partisan divide that exists in Congress surrounding federal discretionary spending levels.

Election Year

Making the Most of an Election Year

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In less than a year, Americans will head to the polls to elect all 435 members of the House of Representatives and 33 members of the Senate. How do you feel about your representation in Congress? If you’re like an overwhelming majority of the public, you’re probably incredibly dissatisfied with Congress and its productivity this year.

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

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This year has seen a drastic increase in the public’s frustration with Congress and the Obama Administration. The re-election of President Obama, one-third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives in November 2012 brought more than 80 new elected officials to Washington.

The Waiting Game

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The government shutdown lasted just over two weeks. After continuous name calling, blaming and political insults, the House and Senate finally agreed on a deal that would essentially almost ensure another fiscal showdown at the beginning of 2014, a midterm election year.

Water Resources

WRRDA Has Finally Arrived

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After several months of planning and patience, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has introduced the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (H.R. 3090).