15 • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Advocacy, Outreach & Communication ICPI Programs Support Favorable Legislative, Regulatory, and a Profitable Environment for the Industry Permeable Pavements Language for Inclusion in the THUD Appropriations Bill for FY19 The 115 U.S. Congress offered permeable pavements language for inclusion in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill for FY19. The following ICPI language was eventually adopted by the House and Senate THUD Appropriations Subcommittees for addition in their respective committee reports to accompany their bills: 2018 Quick Facts 61 Municipal ordinances and design standards influenced by ICPI Commercial Technical Promotion (CTP) team and staff engagement 1,000+ Articles about segmental concrete pavement in designer and end user publications 153,451 Visits by more than 100,000 people to the ICPI website traffic (www.icpi.org) during 2018 “Permeable pavements—The Committee encourages the Secretary to accelerate research, demonstration, and deployment of permeable pavements to achieve flood mitigation, pollutant reduction, stormwater runoff reduction, and conservation. Projects may include roadway shoulder load testing and documenting lifecycle cost efficiency.” H-2B Visa Program ICPI and the H-2B Coalition continue to urge action by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senates that helps U.S. businesses participate in the H-2B temporary worker visa program. Specific requests include an increase in the annual number of entrants, accelerated processing of visa applications, better facilitation of returning prior workers entrants, and rapid promulgation of regulations. Unfortunately, the H-2B visa program with nothing to do with immigration has been mired in that policy debate. That unfortunate pattern continued in the 115th Congress due to lack of resolution on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, rancorous debate on funding for the Wall, and continued unwillingness to reach consensus on a comprehensive redraft of U.S. immigration policy.