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reform as an opportunity to
provide sustainable funding
for the highway trust fund.
The tax-writing
committees are gathering
feedback on tax reform
through comment
letters and hearings, and
congressional leadership
hopes to take up legislation
in the fall.

ISSUES ON THE MOVE

WHAT'S NEXT

FAA Reauthorization

House, Senate floor
consideration in September

Tax Reform

Legislation possible before
the end of the year

USAID Preferences for
U.S. Firms

Senate action in the fall

ACEC Advances Emergency
Responder Language
The House has approved the Department of Homeland
Security Authorization Act (H.R. 2825), which reauthorizes
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and
includes ACEC language on emergency responder liability.
One of the key provisions of the bill requires the FEMA
National Advisory Council to produce a comprehensive study
of disaster costs and losses. At ACEC's request, FEMA has
been asked to investigate whether the threat of potential
liability may deter professional engineers from offering their
services following a disaster. The report language also urges
that members of the National Advisory Council include
professional engineers.

ACEC WORKS WITH INDUSTRY ALLIES
TO BOLSTER ENERGY MARKETS

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CEC is working with key industry allies
in support of initiatives to enhance the
nation's energy infrastructure.
The Council joined with major energy trade
associations, including the American Chemistry
Council, American Gas Association, American
Petroleum Institute, Edison Electric Institute,
Interstate Natural Gas Association and the
National Association of Manufacturers, in support
of H.R. 2910. The legislation will streamline
the permitting of natural gas pipelines, improve
interagency coordination, strengthen the role of the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as
the lead agency under the National Environmental
Policy Act, and impose deadlines on other federal

BERKUT_34 / THINKSTOCK

Responding to a request
from Senate leaders for input
on tax reform, the Council
has submitted comments on
its priorities to the Senate
Finance Committee.
ACEC emphasized strong
support for comprehensive
tax reform that provides
parity in the top rates for
corporations and passthrough businesses, such as
S corporations, partnerships
and sole proprietorships.
The comment letter
also reiterated ACEC's
opposition to limiting the
use of the cash method of
accounting. In addition,
the Council mentioned tax

SANDY OPENER

ACEC Submits Tax Reform
Comments to Senate
Finance Committee

and state regulators. The bill passed the House on
July 20.
Senate leaders are also preparing a comprehensive
energy bill for floor consideration. Among many
provisions, the 891-page bipartisan bill would
streamline FERC permitting for natural gas facilities,
establish energy efficiency thresholds in building
codes and address various threats to the energy
infrastructure.
ACEC also worked successfully with industry
allies to secure confirmation of the FERC nominees
necessary for a quorum. FERC had been without
a quorum since early February 2017, which has
delayed an estimated $15 billion in natural gas
pipeline construction due to lack of final permits.
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2017

For
More
News
For weekly
legislative
news, visit
ACEC's Last
Word online
at www.
acec.org.

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Engineering Inc - September/october 2017
Contents
From Acec to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Eye on The Storm
Boost Profits, Reduce Loss
Innovations in Airport Design
Future Looks Bright for Vr
The Legend of Gridlock Sam
Focus on Philanthropy
Guest Column
Mergers and Acquisitions
Members in the News
Business Insights
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Intro
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Engineering Inc - September/october 2017
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Cover2
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Contents
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 2
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 3
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - From Acec to You
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 5
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Market Watch
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 7
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Legislative Action
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 9
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Eye on The Storm
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 11
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 12
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Boost Profits, Reduce Loss
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Innovations in Airport Design
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Future Looks Bright for Vr
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - The Legend of Gridlock Sam
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Focus on Philanthropy
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Members in the News
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