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With over 150,000 members, ASCE has a powerful voice on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across the country. Be the first to know about legislation that matters – become a Key Contact today.

Advocating for the nation's infrastructure and the civil engineering profession is a top priority for ASCE. Find out how you, your section, your branch, or your region can engage in policy decisions at all levels of government and educate policymakers about the importance of infrastructure investment, as well as how civil engineers are protecting public health and safety.

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2023 priority issues

ASCE's annual priority issues are determined with member engagement. In an effort to narrow the focus and to better deploy our government relations resources, the Public Policy and Practice Committee has identified the following priorities for 2023:

Priority issues are listed in alphabetical order. The fact that an issue is not included does not constrain ASCE action if supported by ASCE policy.

ASCE’s public policy outreach is guided by four Principles for Infrastructure Investment, which are:

  • Investments must provide substantial, long-term benefits to the public and the economy. 
  • The cost of a project over its entire life span—including designing, building, operating, and maintaining the infrastructure—must be taken into account.
  • Projects should be built sustainably and resiliently. 
  • Federal investment should leverage state, local, and private investment, not replace these other critical sources of infrastructure funding. 

ASCE acknowledges the importance of social justice in the study and practice of civil engineering by incorporating its tenets into its Code of Ethics, which calls on all members to “acknowledge the diverse historical, social, and cultural needs of the community, and incorporate these considerations in their work,” and to “consider and balance societal, environmental, and economic impacts, along with opportunities for improvement, in their work.”

Contact ASCE Government Relations staff

Government Relations
Emily Feenstra
Managing Director, Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives
Caroline Sevier
Director, Government Relations