Blog Post
08/16/2021
By Donald A. Rea

On August 9, 2021, the Senate passed a heavily amended version of the INVEST in America Act approving $1 trillion in infrastructure funding. That same day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doubled down on her promise that the House will not consider the infrastructure bill until Biden’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation and jobs package is passed. However, nine moderate Democrats wrote Pelosi a letter last week stating exactly the opposite position, i.e., they will refuse to support the jobs bill until the House votes on the infrastructure bill.

Blog Post
07/30/2021
By Donald A. Rea

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684) approved by the House of Representatives cleared its first hurdle in the Senate. The Senate voted 67 to 32 (with one senator absent) to proceed to debate on the bill.

Blog Post
07/02/2021
By Donald A. Rea

Despite President Biden’s approval of a bipartisan infrastructure plan, the House of Representatives passed HR 3684 known as the Invest in America Act, and sponsored by Representative Peter DeFazio(D) of Oregon, yesterday along party lines with a vote of 221 to 201.

Blog Post
06/28/2021
By Donald A. Rea

On June 24, 2021, President Biden approved a $579 billion infrastructure package proposed by a bipartisan group of senators last week. Some $185 billion appears earmarked for actual infrastructure projects including bridges, roads, ports, waterways, public transportation and safety. According to the White House, the deal also includes clean drinking water, 500,000 electric vehicles charging stations and connecting every American to reliable high-speed internet service. Details of how the funds will actually be spent are lacking.

Blog Post
06/27/2018
By Sunu M. Pillai

A California Corporation, Swinerton Builders, Inc. ("Swinerton"), entered into a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with a West Virginia company, March-Westin Company, Inc. ("March-Westin"), for March-Westin to provide timber products.  Swinerton subsequently issued a work order to March-Westin under the MSA for a project in Colorado and, following a disagreement on schedule and price, rescinded the work order.  March-Westin filed a complaint against Swinerton in the U.S.

Blog Post
04/20/2016
By Garry R. Boehlert and Sunu M. Pillai

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has proposed new policies on the applicability of the Buy America provisions in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.  Under the proposed policies, the Buy America provisions in the FAST Act do not apply to contracts entered into before October 1, 2015.  FTA also proposed public interest waivers for contracts entered into between October 1, 2015 and December 4, 2015, and for some contracts entered into after December 4, 2015.  For contracts entered into after December 4, 2015 that do not fall within the scope of a gen

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