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President Barack Obama signed into law on Friday the 36th short-term highway bill patch as Congress works out a unified long-term bill.
The new patch will extend funding through Dec. 4, by which time the House and Senate hope to have a the first long-term highway bill in over a decade on the president’s desk.
The Hill reported that Obama used an autopen to sign the law since funding was set expire on Friday and the president is out of the country.
The House passed the patch Nov. 16, and the Senate followed suit a few days later. Lawmakers had hoped to have a new transportation bill ready to be signed into law by Thanksgiving, but they needed more time for the conference committee between members of the House and Senate.
Both chambers have already passed long-term transportation funding bills this year. The House passed the six-year, $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act Nov. 5 with overwhelming bipartisan support. The Senate passed its long-term transportation bill called the DRIVE Act in June, but the House didn’t act on it because of certain concerns regarding funding—the bill had funding for three years, but made commitments for six. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) was confident the the House and Senate could reach an agreement.
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As mentioned on an earlier post but now concluced The House and Senate selected members of both parties to serve as negotiators who can eliminate differences that exist in the separate, multi-year highway bills both chambers drafted. Their task is to take elements of both and create a version both chambers can pass, according to The Hill.
Both the House and the Senate passed highway bills that guarantee at least three years of highway and transit spending, but only if Congress can come up with a way to pay for an additional three years. According to The Hill, Congress hopes to develop an agreement before a Nov. 20 deadline to renew federal highway spending.
The House selected 12 Democrats and 16 Republicans as negotiators, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). House Democrats selected were Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, D.C.) and Albio Sires (D-N.J.). House Republicans selected were Bruce Babin (R-Texas), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Garret Graves (R-La.), Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Rob Woodall (R-Ga.).
The Senate selected six Democrats and seven Republicans as negotiators. Senate Democrats selected were Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Senate Republicans selected were John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and John Thune (R-S.D.).
“Both the Senate and the House bills have many similarities that will allow for a very short conference period,” Inhofe says.
“With this milestone, Congress should be able to send a bill to the president’s desk by Thanksgiving,” he adds. “This will allow for our nation to avoid the Highway Trust Fund hitting a dangerously low level, which DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx warned would significantly affect the 2016 construction season.”
NSSGA expressed optimism upon learning of those appointed to negotiate a compromised bill.
“Appointing conferees for the bill brings us that much closer to final action on this critical legislation,” says Pam Whitted, NSSGA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs. “NSSGA looks forward to working with these members of Congress to achieve our industry’s primary goals for reauthorization – increased investment in our country’s infrastructure and the certainty of a six-year bill.”
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The House of Representatives passed a bill that includes sand, gravel and minerals necessary for transportation infrastructure construction in the definition of strategic and critical minerals, the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) reports.
Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., introduced the bill, which is titled the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015. The bill was introduced to expedite permitting to produce domestic sources of minerals that are deemed critically important to national security and economic and manufacturing competitiveness, according to NSSGA.
An amendment Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., introduced that would have removed sand and gravel from the bill failed.
“We are pleased that the House has once again passed legislation that recognizes aggregates are essential to transportation infrastructure, particularly in times of natural disaster,” says Pam Whitted, NSSGA senior vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs. “Actions to further restrict development of these essential construction materials threaten stable supplies of them.”

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A new report from Dodge Data & Analytics, titled the “2016 Dodge Construction Outlook,” predicts total U.S. construction starts for 2016 to rise 6 percent to $712 billion. The forecast follows a 9 percent gain in new construction starts in 2014 and an estimated 13 percent gain in 2015.
According to the report, these sectors will experience gains in 2016:
Single-family housing, with a 20 percent rise in dollars
Multifamily housing, with a 7 percent increase in dollars
Commercial building, with an 11 percent rise
Institutional building, with a 9 percent increase
The following sectors will decrease, as forecasted in the report, in 2016:
Manufacturing plant construction, with a 1 percent decrease
Electric utilities and gas plants, with a 43 percent decline
Additionally, the public works sector will remain flat with its 2015 amount, says the report.
“The expansion for the construction industry has been underway for several years now, with varying contributions from each of the major sectors,” says Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “Total construction activity, as measured by the construction starts data, is on track this year to record the strongest annual gain so far in the current expansion, advancing 13 percent.”.

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Looking for an individual who is safety minded and that will be proactive, take ownership and remain mindful of the hazards and risks in performing their assigned duties.
* 3 years of experience diagnosing and working on heavy equipment, trucks and vehicles with both gas and diesel engines for the purpose of ensuring the availability of these vehicles and that they are always in a safe operating condition.
* Have the experience and ability to diagnose the mechanical defects for the purpose of determining the required repairs and/or replacement parts
* Have the knowledge to communicate with vendors for the purpose of ordering the correct parts and supplies needed to maintain the equipment and vehicles
* Execute a preventive maintenance program for the purpose of maintaining vehicles, trucks and equipment and assure they are in top operating condition at all times
* be knowledgeable with federal, state and UDOT laws and regulations
* Class A CDL
* Ownership of own tools to perform the required duties
* MSHA Part 48 training
* Experience working at mines and around crushing equipment and have knowledge with types of equipment used and ability to perform repairs and replacements or at a minimum assist
* Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time
* Ability to lift/carry/push and pull 100+lbs frequently
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