Washington Column

House Passes Infrastructure Bill with Pollinator Provision; Path Toward Enactment Remains Uncertain

On July 1, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed major infrastructure legislation, H.R. 3684, the INVEST (Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation) in America Act, on a largely partisan 221-201 vote. The roughly $715 billion, five-year surface-transportation and water-infrastructure bill includes authorizations for federal highway, transit and safety programs, […]

Will Record Job Openings Spur Movement on Immigration Reform?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. employers had 9.3 million job openings available at the end of April 2021, the highest number recorded since the government started collecting the data in 2000. The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the largest advocacy organization representing the interests of small and independent businesses in the […]

Should Government Mandate the Adoption of Zero-Emission Equipment?

As the saying goes, “As California goes, so goes the nation.” TCIA has found this to be true across the board, from emissions standards to safety regulations; policy that starts in California seems to spread to other states and sometimes even to the federal level. This leads us to a policy that TCIA is closely […]

U.S. Senate Confirms Michael Regan to Lead EPA

On March 10, 2021, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Michael Regan as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by a 66-34 vote, with 16 Republicans joining Democrats in support. Administrator Regan, who previously served as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, will oversee developing and enforcing regulations, […]

Snapshot: The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

In December of 2000, Congress authorized a Small Business Administration (SBA) program to support women-owned businesses in bidding for federal contracts. The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program allows government contracting officers to set aside contracts specifically for qualifying women-owned businesses in underrepresented and substantially underrepresented North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. A […]

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