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The National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU) is dedicated to ensuring that federal transportation dollars are spent on cost-effective, safe projects that serve the public interest. NASHTU is comprised of 38 unions and associations representing hundreds of thousands of state and locally employed transportation engineers, construction managers and inspectors, technical workers and related public servants from throughout the United States.

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21st Annual NASHTU Conference – Register Today!

The 21st Annual NASHTU Conference will be held April 20 through 22, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C.  To register for the 2020 NASHTU Conference, click here.

The NASHTU Conference provides an important opportunity for transportation unions to come together and strategize about how best to serve our members and deliver safe, cost-effective transportation projects for taxpayers.  It’s also a chance to hear from some of the preeminent transportation leaders in Washington.  Last year’s conference featured keynote addresses from:

  • Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Member of the Senate EPW Committee
  • Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), the Ranking Republican on the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee
  • Rep. Harley Rouda, Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
  • Larry Willis, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Jim Tymon, Executive Director of AASHTO
  • Alison Premo-Black, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

NASHTU conference attendees will be able to meet face-to-face with their state’s Congressional Representatives and Senators during the lobbying portion of the conference.  The NASHTU Conference will also feature networking opportunities, including a Group Dinner where conference attendees can get to know union representatives from other states, and a Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill where they can mingle with Members of Congress and Congressional staff.

Again to register for the conference, please visit our conference webpage.


NASHTU Notes

February 14, 2020

House Democrats Propose New Infrastructure Plan

Earlier this month, House Democrats unveiled a $760 billion, five-year infrastructure plan to help modernize America’s infrastructure.

The proposal includes $329 billion for highways, $105 billion for transit, $50.5 billion for clean water/waste water treatment, $251.4 billion for drinking water, $347.3 billion for clean energy and $86 billion for broadband and other communications.  In addition, the plan also includes $30 billion for airports, $10 billion for water resources projects, such as flood protection and navigation, and $19.7 billion for seaports.

The House proposal includes elements of a new surface transportation authorization, which is timely because the current authorization, the FAST Act, expires September 30 of this year.  This proposal is the first written indication from House Democrats on what funding levels they would like to see in the next transportation authorization. The proposed $329 billion for highways is significantly larger than the $226.3 billion that was included for highways in the FAST Act and $42 billion more than the $287 billion plan five-year plan approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last July.

In an article by Engineering News-Record, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) was quoted as saying “we have tremendous opportunity here to do a transformative, 21st-century infrastructure package.”  Rep. DeFazio also said that the current infrastructure network was “falling apart” and could be “rebuilt in ways that are resilient, for climate change, that use more and climate-friendly materials that actually will be more durable.”

Unfortunately, the House plan is silent on how to fund the proposal.  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) said that House Democrats would work with the Administration and Congressional Republicans to come up with ways to fund the infrastructure proposal.

Read more about the House Democrat’s infrastructure proposal by clicking here.

Read the article in the Engineering News-Record.