Congress Interrupts Recess, Unfinished Business Remains
Today, the Senate
followed the House’s lead on Tuesday by returning to Washington to finish work
on a bill providing $600 million in
emergency spending for security efforts along the Mexico border.
The border security funding is just one of AGC’s priorities in comprehensive immigration reform; the
other priorities include federal preemption, retaining the “knowing” standard,
no debarment or vicarious liability, and allowing for future flow. Ultimately,
the outlook for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration bill this year remains
AGC continues to
encourage the membership to reach out to their congressional delegation during
the remainder of the August recess and especially during town
hall meetings. Among the issues that should be raised include the need for
a multi-year transportation authorization bill, as well as repeal of the 1099
provision that was included in the health care bill.
scheduled to return to Washington September 13. To discuss your meetings or for
more information, contact Jim Young at (202) 547-0133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Action Requested: Support Repeal of New Form 1099 Reporting Requirement
A provision in the
massive healthcare bill enacted in March requires businesses to send Form 1099s
for all business-to-business transactions equaling $600 or more in a
year. The provision was passed to help
identify businesses that are not reporting or underreporting income to avoid
paying their fair share of taxes. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the provision would raise $17 billion to help
pay for the healthcare bill. However,
the new requirement will be a tremendous burden on businesses, increasing their
paperwork and compliance costs.
Legislation has been
introduced in both the House and Senate to modify and repeal the 1099 requirement. AGC supports repeal of the provision rather than a modification, which is why AGC supports H.R. 5141 and S. 3578, the Small Business
Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act. The
House considered legislation prior to the August recess that would have
repealed the provision; however, the bill ultimately failed.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on an amendment to a small business jobs
bill that would repeal the provision when they return in September.
AGC is requesting
members write their Senators and Representative in support of H.R. 5141 and S.
3578 and in support of a full repeal of the burdensome 1099 reporting
requirement. For more information on the
1099 reporting requirement and to write your Members of Congress, use the AGC
Legislative Action Center.
For more information, contact Karen Lapsevic
at (202) 547-4733 or email@example.com.
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AGC Members Explain Need for Long-Term Funding to Transportation Secretary
John Igel (George J. Igel & Company, Columbus, Ohio) talks with
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Rep. Kilroy.
Nearly a dozen AGC member companies, including host George
J. Igel & Company, participated in an event arranged by the Ohio
Contractors Association with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and
Representative Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio) in Columbus.
During the event, contractors and their employees expressed
concern over what would happen when stimulus money runs out. Secretary LaHood
and Rep. Kilroy agreed that a six-year transportation bill would be a logical
sequel to the stimulus.
Watch the local NBC affiliate's coverage here
or read coverage from the Columbus
For more information, contact Brian Deery at (703)
837-5319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Race to November Continues
The November elections are quickly approaching, with 34
primary elections completed and 16 to go. Colorado and Connecticut were
front and center this week as they hosted primaries on Tuesday. Neither state
brought many surprises, but Republican nominee Cory Gardner ran unopposed in
the primary for Colorado’s 4th District and is one of the first
candidates inducted into the National Republican Congressional Committee’s
“Young Guns” program. He will face Democrat Rep. Betsy Markey.
Democrat competitive seats: 68
Republican competitive seats: 8
Democrat competitive seats: 12
Republican competitive seats: 6
Competitive races are those the Cook Political Report has defined as "lean" or "toss up"
Colorado’s one term Sen. Michael Bennett (D) will face Weld
City, Colorado’s District Attorney Ken Buck in a “toss-up” race. Meanwhile,
in Connecticut, Republican Linda McMahon will face Attorney General Richard
Blumenthal (D) for Senator Chris Dodd’s (D) seat. Connecticut State
Senator Sam Caligiuri (R) will challenge incumbent Chris Murphy (D) in November
for what could be called Connecticut’s most vulnerable seat.
For more information, contact Blair Hood at (202) 547-5013 or email@example.com.
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