THE HILL Reports: House passes three-month highway bill

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/249685-house-approves-three-month-highway-bill

The House voted Wednesday to approve an $8 billion bill that would extend federal transportation funding until the end of October, sending it to the Senate with just two days to go before the nation’s road and transit spending expires.

The bill passed in a 385-34 vote, with Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) voting present. Senators are expected to accept the patch to prevent an interruption in the nation’s infrastructure spending during the busy summer construction season.

The House is adjourning for the traditional August recess after the vote, forcing the Senate’s hand.

But senators are planning to stay in Washington next week, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has vowed to finish a six-year transportation bill to jumpstart conference negotiations on a final bill.

Republican leaders sought to downplay the squabbling between the chambers as they punted the highway debate to the fall.

“Sen. McConnell and I, while we have a disagreement over this bill — we’ve had one — we both want to get to a long-term highway bill,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said ahead of the vote.

“And Sen. McConnell and I have, frankly, worked very closely trying to minimize the differences,” he continued. “And so I’m confident as we get into this fall we’re going to have … pretty smooth sailing.”

The fight over road funding has cut across both parties, with Senate and House Republicans pitted against one another, and Democrats also divided in the Senate.

House Republicans earlier this month approved a five-month funding extension, seeking to buy time for negotiations with the White House over a long-term bill funded by tax reform.

But rather than take up the five-month bill, McConnell negotiated a long-term funding measure with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and quickly brought it to the floor.

While that measure is still expected to pass the Senate, it got a chilly reception from the House, with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Calif.) refusing to bring it up for a vote.

The short-term funding measure that was approved on Wednesday would continue highway funding until Oct. 29, 2015 — setting up a new deadline for Congress when they return to Washington in September.

“We’ll conference the legislation we pass with what the House passes and then send a unified bill to President Obama,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a floor speech Wednesday.

“In the meantime, we’ll work with our friends in the House to give them the space they need to develop a multiyear highway bill,” McConnell continued. “We’ll take up that bill once the House sends it to us, and we’ll continue working in the interim to finish our own multiyear highway bill, a bill that’s fiscally responsible and won’t raise taxes by a penny.”

McConnell also sought to downplay the infighting between Republicans over the highway bill this week as he acquiesced to the House’s demand for a temporary patch.

“Late nights of vigorous legislating and sometimes unpredictable outcomes might make some reach for the aspirin, but these are the hallmarks of a functioning Congress,” he said.

“The push and pull between different parties, different members and different chambers is all just part of the democratic rhythm,” McConnell continued. “That’s especially true when you’re talking about a measure as complicated and consequential as a multiyear highway bill.”

Congress is grappling with a funding shortfall for transportation that is estimated to be around $16 billion per year. Since 2005, lawmakers have not passed a transportation bill that lasted longer than two years.

The decision to fund highways for three months also means the Export-Import Bank’s charter will remain expired through the August recess.

The Senate highway bill includes a five-year renewal of the bank, which has run into opposition from conservatives but is backed by the White House, Democrats and a portion of the GOP.

But the House’s three-month bill does not include Ex-Im, leaving the bank in limbo.

The House patch includes language allowing the Veterans Affairs Department to shift $3 billion within the agency to shore up a budget shortfall so hospitals and other facilities don’t close in August, aides said.

The legislation also would ensure that veterans with service-related disabilities could use health saving accounts.

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From THE HILL: House GOP to Senate: We’re not taking up your highway bill

From THE HILL:

 The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday.

“We’re not taking up the Senate bill,” McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office.

Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the “best option” for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday.

McCarthy’s declaration is a blow not only to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) had teamed up to craft the bipartisan, long-term highway bill.

It’s also a blow to backers of the Ex-Im Bank, who had hoped the 81-year-old institution would be revived by catching a ride on the back of the Senate transportation bill. The charter for the bank, which provides loan guarantees to help U.S. corporations sell goods overseas, expired on June 30.

The Senate transportation bill authorizes highway funding for six years, but only provides three years in funding.

McCarthy, who controls the House floor schedule, said the lower chamber plans to leave for the August recess on Thursday. And he said it’s not fair for the Senate to send the House a massive 1,000-plus-page bill just days before the funding deadline.

Upon hearing about McCarthy’s remarks, Boxer, shot back at the fellow Californian, saying the House should follow the Senate’s lead and stay in session a week longer rather than decamp for the summer recess.

“You know what, we’re staying an extra week in August. You can stay an extra week in August. That’s not such a terrible thing,” Boxer said in a speech on the Senate floor.

McCarthy “says don’t send us a bill because we’re going home. Well, that’s their choice.

“If the House chooses to go out on vacation or a work period of whatever they do, that’s their business. But it’s our job to fix the problems we’re facing,” Boxer said.

Another way out of the funding mess is an even shorter-term highway bill, perhaps one that provides just two or three months of transportation funding. McCarthy didn’t rule out that possibility, but he made clear his chamber had already passed a more-preferable five-month patch that gives Congress enough time to hammer out a longer-term, House-Senate deal.

“The five-month extension is the best bill to have so you can get a long-term bill that is fully paid for,” McCarthy said.

Had Enough yet? 

Another short-term patch?

How safe do you feel when traveling on our roads?

…when you hit a pothole?

…when you hit a patch of road that’s rougher than a medieval cobblestone road?

…when you blow a tire?

…destroy a rim?

…put your life at risk?

 

Instead of charging motorists more to feed a broken system, let’s fix the system

Senate begins debate on highway bill, setting up weekend session

The Senate on Friday formally started debate on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s six-year highway bill, setting up a weekend session and putting the chamber on a collision course with the House.

Senators voted to proceed to the bill negotiated by McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in a 51-26 vote that split both parties. http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/249065-senate-begins-debate-on-highway-bill-setting-up-weekend-session

USA Today:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/07/23/highway-funding-oil-gasoline-tax-fix-congress-editorials-debates/30579385/

Without congressional action, highway funding will come to a halt at the end of July.

America has a transportation problem. Its highways and bridges are in desperate need of repairs. Its major population centers are in desperate need of road and rail capacity to get people and products out of traffic jams. And the Highway Trust Fund — used to build and maintain those roads, bridges and transit systems — is running short of cash. Without congressional action, federally financed projects will come to a halt at the end of this month.

Is there a solution to the problem? A fix? One that would/could work without increasing the taxes? In USA Today’s opposing view a reader responds with a solution that is an obvious solution, one that keeps staring us in the face; one that since the late 70s I have not heard expressed; one that Congress needs to look at and consider as a serious solution.

USA Today Opposing View:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/07/23/gas-tax-highway-trust-fund-club–growth-editorials-debates/30587867/

By David Mcintoish

Instead of charging motorists more to feed a broken system, let’s fix the system.

Raising the gas tax to prop up the Highway Trust Fund is like pumping gas into a junkyard car. For every $1 of gas tax, Washington wastes 20% to 30% in needless federal regulations that jack up highway construction costs.

Here’s a better idea: Instead of charging motorists more to feed a broken system, let’s fix the system. And step one is to push politicians in Washington, D.C., to the side of the highway funding road.

The current federal funding scheme for highways takes your gas tax money to Washington, lops off a big chunk to pay for federal bureaucracy, and then inefficiently redistributes some of those dollars back to the states for roads. The problem is the federal middleman.

Projects handled at the federal level are rife with costly regulations, such as the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 that drives up labor costs. The price tag for highway work is also increased by federal environmental rules and duplicative planning studies.

Every state has its own Department of Transportation that studies, plans and executes the road projects that matter most to that state. Why do they need the waste, inefficiency and redundancy that arise from the federal layer of bureaucracy?

This year, the Highway Trust Fund will spend more than $50 billion, including billions for non-highway projects, and will run at a deficit of more than $10 billion. The primary focus in Congress — as it has been for years — is on finding new ways to fund that deficit, instead of looking for ways to stop the spending that causes the deficit.

Let’s drop this nonsense of raising the gas tax. Congress should leave the money and responsibility for road construction and repairs where they belong — back at the state and local levels. One good proposal to do that already exists; it’s the Transportation Empowerment Act, sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.

Their legislation would gradually eliminate the federal gas tax, while giving states the accountability and responsibility to identify and undertake highway projects, using infrastructure funds that would be kept at home instead of wasted in Washington.

David McIntosh is president of the Club for Growth.

This approach probably makes more sense than other solutions if Congress would:

  1. Leave the federal gas tax as it is
  2. Feep the money in the state fund
  3. Legislatively tag the money so that it cannot be used for anything but road work
  4. Phase out the administration of the tax at the federal level
  5. Re-define the role of FHWA as an administrative overseer of highway design, safety regulations etc.
  6. Eliminate all the Federal “hoops” required to do Interstate road work

 

DeWALT Expands USA Production and Reduces Jobsite Cords

By Greg Sitek

 We had the opportunity to visit and tour one of DeWALT’s recent plant expansions in Charlotte NC where it is manufacturing hand tools hand tools. The 65,000 square-foot production facility is part of the company’s 1.2 million square-foot North Carolina/South Carolina distribution facility. The building actually does sit on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line.

This is one of several expansions as DeWALT, continues its initiative to build products in the USA. With this expansion, an additional 60 corded and cordless power tools are being built domestically with global materials. An expansion of production into an existing company-owned plant in Greenfield, Indiana brings the total number of DEWALT plants in the United States to seven, with facilities in Connecticut, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, making some of the brand’s most popular tools.

DEWALT will now produce approximately 14 million products each year in the United States. Given a choice between a product made in the United States and an identical one made abroad, 78 percent of Americans would rather buy the American product, according to a 2013 survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

In addition to the efficiency that domestic expansion provides, DEWALT has also created new jobs for Americans across the country, adding over 500 employees to the expanded manufacturing facilities since the campaign began. This brings the total number of employees at US-based DEWALT plants to the thousands. DEWALT is also committed to hiring veterans and currently employs over 1,000 former members of the military in their manufacturing facilities alone.

“We continue to grow our domestic capabilities because the professional using our tools wants to buy products built in the USA. DEWALT is making the power tools for the contractors and builders who are themselves building America,” said Frank Mannarino, President of DeWALT Professional Products Group. “Whether it’s through our high quality tools built in the USA with global materials, convenient service repair centers, or products backed by extensive warranties, the DEWALT professional end user can expect premium power tools that are built and serviced by fellow Americans – some of whom are veterans – right here in the United States.”

With the added products, facilities, and a continued commitment to expanding domestic manufacturing, DeWALT is able to deliver products with greater efficiency, without adding cost, while keeping the same Guaranteed Tough® quality.

“DeWALT is a global brand built right here in America,” said Nick DeSimone, Vice President of Operations. “We’re choosing to invest in domestic manufacturing because it’s important that we maintain our connection with core DEWALT customers. Not only can we build quality products in the United States, but we also care deeply about making things at home and bringing jobs back to the United States.”

For more information on DeWALT’s initiative to build products in the USA using global materials, and to view a full list of product offerings, visit www.dewalt.com/americanpride  or watch a video about it here.

More Cordless Power    

The company has focused on improving jobsite safety by eliminating the electrical cords that often cover construction jobsites. Enter more cordless power tools. During the recent visit to the newly expanded Charlotte NC facility we were introduced to a family of cordless tools that do eliminate a lot of the cords.

Here are some of the new tools that we hand an opportunity to see and “test drive.”

This first one, while not typically found on the heavy nonresidential was more than impressive. After using it I thought of all the things you could do with it on any job site especially when you realize that it is cordless and delivers the kind of cutting power it does. Good bye chop saw.

20V MAX* Lithium Ion 7 1/4 Inch Sliding Miter Saw (DCS361) offers portability and convenience, optimized for general contractors and remodelers for various applications including trim installation, flooring work, and cutting 2x material.

DCS361M1_3The 7 1/4 Inch Sliding Miter Saw (DCS361) features a single left bevel which ranges from -3° to 48° left. With a 3 1/2 inch maximum vertical, 3 5/8 inch crown nested, and 2×8 inch horizontal cut capacity, the DCS361 will handle most of the common cuts needed.   The DCS361 spins at 3750 RPM and makes, on average 183 cuts of 2×4 pine or 275 cuts of 3-1/4 inch pine base molding on a single battery charge (DCB204 4.0Ah battery). The DCS361 with a battery is lightweight at 31.6lbs and with the integrated cast-in side handles it’s easy to carry around the jobsite.

Key ease-of-use features of the DCS361 include an integrated XPS™ blade light, which casts a shadow showing where the blade will cut. A stainless steel miter detent plate makes it easy to adjust the saw. Other features include the saw’s 10 positive miter stops, a fast and easy cam lock, and rubber feet for no-slip and no-scratch grip. A high visibility bevel scale, adjustable bevel overrides, and a miter pointer on the left side of the table provides maximum visibility and versatility.

Whether the DCS361 is used for flooring, small crown work, toe molding, back splashes, base, chair rail, door or window casting, or any other woodworking application, it’s a convenient option for the professional. The DCS361 will be available as a bare unit (DCS361B) or as a kit (DCS361M1). Both units come equipped with a dust bag, hold-down clamp, and a 40 tooth blade. For the bare unit, battery and charger are sold separately.

Three 20V MAX* Brushless High Torque Impact Wrenchesare available in 1/2 Inch (DCF899) hog ring or detent pin anvils, 3/4 Inch (DCF898) hog ring with retention pin hole anvil and a 7/16 Inch (DCF897) quick release chuck specifically designed for utility applications.

DCF899P2_2These high-torque impact wrenches feature efficient, brushless motors and with the 5Ah 20V MAX* XR lithium ion battery pack they deliver the power, speed, and extreme runtime required by the professional. The 1/2 Inch (DCF899) hog ring or detent pin anvil impact wrench delivers 700 ft-lbs of max torque and 1200 ft-lbs of max breakaway torque.

With 3 speeds for application-specific control these impact wrenches offer the convenience of cordless technology and save time by eliminating cords and hoses of electric and pneumatic impact wrenches. At 8.9 inches long and just 7lbs each, the impact wrenches get into tight spaces easily and are comfortable to use over extended periods of time on the worksite. These impact wrenches feature LED work lights and provide the durability to stand up to jobsite environments.

Whether it’s automotive, farm, or heavy machinery repair, concrete fastening, road or bridge crews, or elevator and ironworkers – on the job, power and portability allow for productivity. You will be amazed by the power and speed these tools deliver without cords and/or hoses.

DEWALT’s First Cordless Portable Stick & TIG Welder (DCW100K) can be operated in cordless mode for maximum convenience or easily plugged into a 20 Amp circuit or generator. I definitely want one…

DCW100K_3With an internal lithium ion battery, the DCW100K recharges while it’s plugged in. The external 4.4lb 50 minute charger keeps the DCW100K ready to use remotely at any time. Weighing less than 25lbs, the welder itself is easy to move around a job site whether it’s for mechanical, fleet field or jobsite repair and install, or stair and railing work.

At 140 Amps Max Stick and 150 Amps Max TIG, the DCW100K offers pro-grade performance for a majority of job site and construction applications. The unit features a digital display which indicates the amperage and control values, manipulated via adjustment dial. Other displays include a Stick/TIG Welder Type Selector and a Hot Start/Soft Start setting which allows the DCW100K to start easily and maintain a stable arc at low amperage. Additionally, an Arc Force Dynamic setting increases the amperage, helping to prevent the weld pool from solidifying. A battery status bar shows the remaining charge. Finally, the DCW100K includes a 13-ft. stick electrode lead as well as a 10-ft. grounding lead.

Ward Smith, DEWALT product manager said, “DEWALT continues to push the boundaries of cordless innovation on the jobsite delivering a portable power solution for the welding professional. The DCW100K Cordless Welder delivers premium performance in a lightweight and portable package.”

On the job, portability is productivity – the DCW100K Portable Stick & TIG Welder is designed for welding professionals and Guaranteed Tough® by DEWALT.

20V MAX* XR™ Brushless SDS Hammer is the first brushless rotary hammer available from this professional power tool brand.

Ideal for use in concrete drilling applications, the 1” 20V MAX* XR™ Brushless SDS Hammer is powered by a DEWALT-built brushless motor that provides 2.1 DCH273P2_1Joules of Impact Energy**, and is optimized for chipping work and drilling diameters of 1/2” or less. With only 6.6 m/s² vibration felt by the user at the handle, this lightweight, SHOCKS™ equipped rotary hammer is designed for comfortable use.

The 1” 20V MAX* XR™ Brushless SDS Hammer comes kitted with a 5.0 Amp hour lithium ion battery and is compatible with DEWALT’s onboard cordless HEPA dust extractor (D25303DH sold separately). The rotary hammer also includes a retractable utility hook that allows it to be hung not only from a belt but also lifts, ladders, carts, etc. The hammer also features an LED with a 20 second delay that provides visibility in dimly lit spaces.

The 1” 20V MAX* XR™ Brushless SDS Hammer is part of the DEWALT Perform & Protect™ line of power tools. DEWALT Perform & Protect™ tools are designed to provide a high level of one or more of the following: control, dust containment or low vibration, without sacrificing performance.

The tool will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, two-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

Four new SDS Rotary Hammers the 1-1/8” SDS Hammer (D25263K), the 1” SDS Hammer (D25262K), 1” Pistol Grip SDS Hammer (D25133K), and the 7/8” SDS Hammer (D25260K) were introduced and demonstrated. Each of these units provides performance, durability, and comfort for work in the plumbing, electrical, concrete forming, HVAC, and other concrete-related trades.

D25263K_1Leading the new Rotary Hammer collection is the 1-1/8” SDS Hammer (D25263K), which has 15% faster drilling speed, on average when compared to the Bosch Bulldog Extreme Max (RH228VC) when drilling 5/8” by 3” holes. An 8.5 amp high performance motor delivers an RPM of 0-1450 and a BPM at 0-5350 with 3.0 Joules* of impact energy.

The 1-1/8” SDS Hammer also features three internal and three external rubber seals which help protect the unit from dust and debris and provide DEWALT-level durability. At 6.8 lbs, with SHOCKS™ vibration control and a vibration-reducing side handle, this unit limits vibration felt by the user at the handle to 9.8 m/s² for optimal user comfort. The 1-1/8” SDS Hammer also features three operation modes; Hammer Drill, Drill Only, and Chipping. Each SDS Rotary Hammer features a rotating brush ring that delivers full power in Reverse mode for bit jam incidents.

Both the 1-1/8” SDS Hammer and 1” SDS Hammer are part of the DEWALT Perform & Protect™ line of power tools. DEWALT Perform & Protect™ tools are designed to provide a high level of one or more of the following: control, dust containment or low vibration, without sacrificing performance.

The full collection of new DEWALT SDS Rotary Hammers is available now where DEWALT products are sold. The 1-1/8” SDS Hammer (D25263K) and 1” SDS Hammer (D25262K) each have a 2-year service warranty. The 1” Pistol Grip SDS Hammer (D25133K) and 7/8” SDS Hammer (D25260K) each have a 1-year service warranty.

DEWALT Batteries, Now With Bluetooth® What? DeWALT’s new Tool Connect™ App allows users to pair Bluetooth® enabled batteries with compatible smartphones. Adding to its growing offering of “connected” tools, DEWALT launches its first line of premium 20V MAX* 2.0 Amp (DCB203BT) and 4.0 Amp (DCB204BT) lithium ion batteries with Bluetooth® capability.

DCB204BT_2These batteries pair with Apple and Android smart devices via the free Tool Connect™ App. This innovation gives DEWALT users the ability to control their compatible DEWALT batteries remotely via a Bluetooth device. For the early-adopter who runs a business on a jobsite, this technology allows greater control over tools in residential, MRO, and commercial work sites.

Bluetooth® enabled batteries solve a number of jobsite problems and the Tool Connect™ App takes just a few moments to set up. Users can simply connect their compatible DEWALT batteries to their Bluetooth® enabled smartphone or tablet (by initiating the pairing process) and view the inventory of paired units on the Tool Connect™ App home screen. This home screen allows users to remotely turn all compatible DEWALT Bluetooth® batteries on or off at once, monitor battery charge level, view Bluetooth signal strength, and pair additional batteries.

From the Tool Connect™ App home screen, users can select an individual battery to view its diagnostics and change settings by tabbing through four pages: Diagnostics, Actions, Info, and Alerts. The Diagnostics screen indicates an individual battery’s state of charge, temperature, and connection to Bluetooth®. This screen also allows users to enable and disable a particular battery. By disabling a battery, the user prevents it from being used until re-enabled. This feature makes it easy to shut down equipment at the end of the day to conserve battery life and deter theft.

The Actions screen allows the user to customize their alert preferences depending on what information they need and when they need it. These options include Alert if Out of Range, Disable if Out of Range, Alert at Low Battery Charge, Alert at High Temperature, and Alert at Charge Completion. In addition, this screen offers a Lending Button, which allows for sharing of batteries. The user can select an amount of time for the tool (with battery) to be lent and when the time is exceeded, the battery shuts down and the owner receives an alert.

Finally, the Alerts screen provides a comprehensive list of all of the alerts that have been generated by the Tool Connect™ App and the compatible DEWALT Bluetooth® batteries. From here, users can select an alert to view more details or clear some or all alerts in the log.

More than ever before, DEWALT is connecting the professional to their tools. By integrating Bluetooth® Technology into batteries and as a leading tool brand, DEWALT continues to advance technology in the industrial space.

* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

** – According to EPTA-procedure 05/2009