Construction Legislative Week in Review August 12, 2010
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Congress Interrupts Recess, Unfinished Business Remains
Action Requested: Support Repeal of New Form 1099 Reporting Requirement
AGC Members Explain Need for Long-Term Funding to Transportation Secretary
The Race to November Continues
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 unlikely.

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.

Congress is scheduled to return to Washington September 13. To discuss your meetings or for more information, contact Jim Young at (202) 547-0133 or Return to Top

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  The House considered legislation prior to the August recess that would have repealed the provision; however, the bill ultimately failed.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 Return to Top

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 Dispatch.

For more information, contact Brian Deery at (703) 837-5319 or Return to Top

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 Return to Top

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