The White House has released the text of the President’s new Executive Order strengthening the Federal Government’s commitment to taking new actions to enhance and promote environmental justice. The Order was published in the Federal Register on April 26, 2023 at 88 FR 25251. President Clinton’s pioneering 1994 Executive Order remains effective, but the Federal Government must, as part of a whole-of-government approach to environmental justice, “build upon and strengthen its commitment to deliver environmental justice to all communities across America.”
In today’s roundup, Americans can buy homes with bitcoin, new tech aims to engineer a novel building material, federal investments boost the coastline (and construction sales), and more.
The Biden administration will use infrastructure funds to upgrade 85 airports across the U.S., The Affordable New York tax provision expires, homebuyers in China refuse to pay mortgages, and more.
The Biden Administration plans to require U.S.-made steel and iron for American infrastructure, two major real estate players expand into the metaverse, robotics may be a solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage, and more.
As our readers know, any construction project associated with a federal agency such as the Department of Transportation or Federal Transit Administration must comply with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In Quicker But Less Dirty: The Biden Administration Both Streamlines and Seeks to Expand NEPA Environmental Review, written for the ABA Construction Forum’s Construction Lawyer journal, colleague Elaine Y. Lee provided a high-level overview of NEPA, its origins and current framework, criticisms, and prior administrations’ attempts to reform the law, before proceeding to examine two sets of changes to NEPA proposed by the Biden Administration that are arguably diametrically opposed.
Habitat for Humanity builds the nation’s first 3D-printed house, the White House announces infrastructure spending plans for 2022, commercial real estate firms are left to determine their vaccination mandates, and more.
Enactment of the massive infrastructure package creates funding opportunities as federal agencies prepare to award funds across a large swath of U.S. sectors and industries, including energy, broadband, water, transportation, electric vehicles and cybersecurity. On November 5, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a major infrastructure spending bill, which President Biden is expected to sign into law. The package includes $1.2 trillion for roads, bridges, electric vehicles, broadband, cybersecurity, water resilience and drinking water upgrades, and grid resilience, and other infrastructure priorities. Colleagues Nancy A. Fischer, Aimee P. Ghosh, Benjamin J. Cote, Elizabeth Vella Moeller, Craig J. Saperstein, Moushami P. Joshi, and More detailed analyses on specific items in the bill will be available in the coming days and weeks at Pillsbury’s American Infrastructure Investment Resource Center (pillsburylaw.com).
On August 10, 2021, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a mammoth $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that includes spending for roads, bridges, electric vehicles, broadband, water infrastructure, and grid resilience, among other priorities. In “Senate Passes $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Package, Tees up $3.5 Trillion Budget Reconciliation Bill,” our colleagues on the Global Trade, Public Policy and Energy teams take a closer look at the legislation.
In Biden Administration Proposes Significant Increases to Buy American Domestic Content Requirements – Takeaways for Contractors and Subcontractors, colleagues Nancy A. Fischer, Stephan E. Becker, David B. Dixon, Marques O. Peterson, Benjamin J. Cote and Moushami P. Joshi provide the key takeaways derived from proposed changes affecting the construction industry.