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FEDERAL
AGC Persuades Corps of Engineers to Withdraw PLA Requirement
TRANSPORTATION
New National Campaign to Push for Federal Highway and Transportation Bill Launches in South Dakota
TAX
Repeal of Form 1099 Reporting Requirements Gains Momentum - Action Still Needed
ELECTIONS
Washington and Wyoming Host Primaries
FEDERAL
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 issue.

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 procurement.

Read more here.

For more information, contact Marco Giamberardino at (703) 837-5325 or giamberm@agc.org. Return to Top

TRANSPORTATION
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 Aberdeen.

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.

For more information, contact Brian Turmail at (703) 837-5310 or turmailb@agc.org. Return to Top

TAX
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 the AGC Legislative Action Center.

For more information, contact Karen Lapsevic at (202) 547-4733 or lapsevick@agc.org. Return to Top

ELECTIONS
Washington and Wyoming Host Primaries
 

UPCOMING PRIMARIES

AUGUST 24: Alaska, Arizona, Florida

AUGUST 28: Louisiana

On August 17, Washington and Wyoming held their primaries and determined that Republican incumbent Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.) will face Democrat David Wendt, who currently serves as president of Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs.  The seat is ranked as a solid Republican seat and Lummis 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.

NUMBER OF COMPETITIVE RACES*

House

Democrats Defending Seats: 68

Republicans Defending Seats: 8

Senate

Democrats Defending Seats: 12

Republicans 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.

For more information, contact Blair Hood at (202) 547-5013 or hoodb@agc.org. Return to Top

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