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Last week the Senate (78–21) and the House of Representatives (360–61) voted overwhelmingly to pass the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. Thanks to those of you who wrote to your members of Congress, urging them to support passing this important legislation.
The WIIN Act includes provisions from the House and Senate Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) bills, which passed in September and authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers Chief's Reports submitted to Congress since WRDA 2014. The WIIN Act also includes the Water and Waste Act of 2016, which makes changes to the Safe Drinking Water Act and Solid Waste Disposal Act. WIIN also authorizes the EPA-approved state coal ash disposal programs.
AGC will continue to monitor the progress of the WIIN Act as it heads to the president's desk to be signed into law.
For more information, contact Scott Berry at [email protected] or (703) 837-5321.
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$8 Billion in Federal Real Property Up for Consideration
Last week, Congress passed the AGC-supported Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act. This bipartisan bill will shrink the federal footprint and streamline the disposal of excess or underutilized federal buildings. AGC has long been involved in pushing for federal real property reform and strongly supports these efforts.
The disposal of unneeded federal real property could allow for millions and potentially billions of dollars in private and federal construction work throughout the nation, as excess federal buildings exist in every state. According to the most recent Federal Real Property Summary, the government owns more than 254,000 buildings, comprising 2.5 billion square feet of space, costing the taxpayer $14.4 billion annually. Recent estimates show 77,000 buildings are underutilized, costing $1.7 billion annually.
For more information, contact Jordan Howard at [email protected] or 703-837-5325.