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Government Affairs News Round-Up

August 21-25, 2017

Weekly news clipping service of the NRMCA Government Affairs Team


Infrastructure Borrowing Drops as US States Await Trump Plan Details
Source: New York Times

Members resign from White House council on infrastructure security
Source: The Hill

Trump's Path to Boosting Infrastructure Full of Potholes
Source: US News and World Report

Trump administration turns to rural communities for input on infrastructure bill
Source: The Hill

Infrastructure spending is not the cure for all economic ills
Source: Financial Times

Energy and Environment

Court rejects pipeline project on climate concerns
Source: The Hill

EPA head Scott Pruitt is the new star of a Big Beef video
Source: Vice News

Rick Perry gets his electric grid study. The coal and mining industries like it.
Source: Washington Post

Zinke won't eliminate any national monuments
Source: Politico


Amazon is getting some competition: Wal-Mart and Google venture into voice-activated shopping
Source: LA Times

The Trump bump is running on vapor
Source: MarketWatch

What the chaos looks like if Congress fails to raise debt ceiling by October
Source: CNN Money

U.S. economy is still missing this one critical piece to happier days
Source: MarketWatch

As economy and earnings excel, here’s what’s dragging down stocks
Source: CNBC


Trump infrastructure plan hits rough patch
|Source: Weirton Daily Times

There is a ton of people who still don't want to ride in self-driving cars, says survey
Source: CNBC

Driverless Cars of the Future Confront Rules Written for Drivers
Source: Bloomberg

Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles
Source: MIT Technology Review


On foreign policy, Trump has what Obama lacked: strategic patience
Source: The Hill

The Latest: Trump, in Nevada speech, calling for ‘new unity’
Source: Washington Post

7 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018
Source: The Hill

Michael Barone: Google's Orwellian firing
Source: Washington Examiner

Fake Polls Are A Real Problem
Source: FiveThirtyEight

Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding
Source: Bloomberg

Ryan Touts House Productivity, but Are Voters Getting the Message?
Source: Morning Consult

7 Rules For Reading Trump’s Approval Rating
Source: FiveThirtyEight

Congress just got a big warning on how the debt ceiling fight could wreck the US economy
Source: Business Insider

Tax Reform

Wall Street Rallies on Optimism About Tax Reform
Source: The New York Times

The U.S. Needs Tax Reform, Not Tax Cuts
Source: Harvard Business Review

Trump’s team and lawmakers making strides on tax reform plan
Source: Politico

Ryan: 'Hundreds' of billions will return from overseas in tax reform
|Source: Washington Examiner

House Speaker Ryan says rates must be permanent in tax reform
Source: Reuters

How the Senate's baseline budget could make or break tax reform
Source: The Hill

Construction, Resiliency and Mass Timber

Majoring in Construction Gets More Popular
Source: U.S. News and World Report

Mass timber proponents tout connections’ fire test results
Source: Concrete Products

Report provides fire-rated solutions for mass timber connection assemblies
Source: Wood Business

Glulam Connections Fire Test
Source: reThink Wood


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