As we step into September, Members of Congress return to Washington, D.C., after a five-week recess. While Congress has not been inactive, the overwhelming majority of action taken in both the House and Senate has been largely symbolic because of political posturing and the refusal to vote on legislation passed by the opposite party.
Nearly a hundred NUCA members descended on the Nation’s Capital on May 6 for NUCA’s annual Washington Summit. For three days, NUCA members heardfrom poignant speakers on legislative issues that matter to the construction industry, discussed Congressional legislation and initiatives and lobbied Congress for infrastructure investmentand innovation.
On March 29, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his Rebuild America Partnership at the Port of Miami. This plan, as a precursor for his Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) budget, aims to strengthen the financial investment in America’s infrastructure. In his speech, Obama outlined a very general but robust plan for the investment.
SUCA was very well represented in Tallahassee, Fla., last month, taking the utility construction industry’s message to lawmakers. The Underground Utility Contractors of Florida’s (UUCF) board meeting was held on April 1 in Tallahassee and included a legislative briefing for those who would be visiting the capitol.
When I leave Washington to visit friends and family, I’m often asked, “How do you do it?” In this case “it” refers to one of two things, depending on how cynical the person. Some are asking how I deal with the bureaucratic, political, divisive, argumentative nature of government willingly and enthusiastically.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. As the new government prepares to tackle a number of issues challenging our country this year, more than 90 new members of the House of Representatives and Senate come to Congress. Our country faces a number of issues unique to this point in history.