AGC Persuades Corps of Engineers to Withdraw PLA Requirement
Solicitations requiring bidders on certain U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers (USACE) construction projects to submit an executed project labor
agreement (PLA) prompted AGC to write and call agency officials expressing
strong concern. On August 18, the agency called AGC to announce that it
was withdrawing the PLA requirement and to thank AGC for educating them on the
On August 12, AGC sent a letter
to the USACE's Mobile District demanding information about the agency's
justification for including a PLA mandate in a solicitation for the
construction of an Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force
Base in Florida. The letter questioned how it determined that the conditions
listed in President Obama's executive
order on PLAs were present. The requirement, along with similar
mandates by other contracting agencies and information about pressure from
higher in the Administration, also prompted AGC to send a letter
calling on President Obama to protect contracting officers from such political
pressure, and to send an "unmistakable and public" message that
political appointees should not cross the line between politics and
New National Campaign to Push for Federal Highway and Transportation Bill Launches in South Dakota
Left: AGC of South Dakota president Dave Gustafson speaking at the Rapid City event while the state's DOT Secretary Darin Bergquist looks on.
As part of the Transportation Construction Coalition and
Americans for Transportation Mobility, AGC launched
a new national effort to push for passage of the long-delayed bill that
provides federal funds to fix aging roads and unsafe bridges. In conjunction
with AGC of South Dakota, the campaign began with the unveiling of a new
billboard, and radio and print advertisements in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and
The effort, which will cover dozens of states during the
coming weeks, is designed to educate the public about why passing a federal
transportation bill is essential to improving road conditions in states like
South Dakota. The Rapid City Journal announced the start of the campaign
on the front
page this week, and the story was also covered in the Argus Leader and on the local
ABC station, among other local media outlets.
The news conferences were hosted by the state's Secretary of
Transportation Darin Bergquist. The mayor of Rapid City and the Sioux
Falls city engineer also took part in the events.
In addition to funds contributed by the coalitions to
support these events, AGC of South Dakota contributed an additional $10,000 to
help finance the effort. Visit AGC's website for more information and to let Congress know you support long-term investment in transportation.
Repeal of Form 1099 Reporting Requirements Gains Momentum - Action Still Needed
The massive healthcare bill enacted in March contained a
provision which requires businesses to send Form 1099s for all
business-to-business transactions for services and goods equaling $600 or more in a year. The provision was justified
as a way to 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 offset a small portion of the healthcare bill, but AGC members know it will be a tremendous
burden on businesses and increase paperwork and compliance costs.
Legislation has been introduced in both the House and
Senate to modify and repeal the 1099 requirement. AGC supports full 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 two amendments to a
small business jobs bill when they return in September: one that would repeal
the provision and one to modify the provision. Because the proposed
modification would not repeal the 1099 requirement, but would instead put in
place new exemptions, AGC does not believe the amendment would provide adequate
relief for business.
AGC continues to request 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
Legislative Action Center.
On August 17, Washington and Wyoming held their primaries
and determined that Republican incumbent Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.) will
Democrat David Wendt, who currently serves as president of Jackson Hole
for Global Affairs. The seat is ranked as a solid Republican seat and
is considered a safe bet. In the Republican Governor's primary,
candidate Matt Mead won, running on a platform that included a solid
commitment to enhancing infrastructure investment in the state.
Defending Seats: 68
Defending Seats: 8
Defending Seats: 12
Defending Seats: 6
*Competitive races are those the Cook Political Report has defined as “Lean” or “Toss Up”
In Washington, Democrat incumbent Jay Inslee will face
Republican candidate James Watkins in the solid Democrat 1st
District, and Rick Larsen (D) will face Republican candidate John Koster in the
“likely Democrat” 2nd District.
Brian Baird’s retirement left open a “toss up” race in
Washington between Denny Heck (D) and Jamie Herrera (R). Republican Doc
Hastings will face challenger Jay Clough (D) for the run for the 4th
District. Districts 5, 6, 7 and 9 are likely to re-elect their incumbents, but
Congressman Dave Reichert may have a more difficult time being re-elected as
his race is considered to be only “likely Republican.” Reichert will face
challenger Suzan Del Bene who is the former VP of Microsoft.
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