Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org October 7, 2010
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REGULATORY
AGC and CARB Reach Agreement to Delay and Ease State’s Off-road Diesel Rule
ELECTIONS
Election Day Only 26 Days Away
AGC PAC Nears $1,000,000 in Contributions for 2010 Election Cycle
FEDERAL
New Congressional Report Outlines Ways Agencies Can Accelerate Infrastructure Projects
Rural Community Funding from USDA’s Recovery Act Money Announced
REGULATORY
AGC and CARB Reach Agreement to Delay and Ease State’s Off-road Diesel Rule
 

AGC and the staff of the California Air Resources Board have reached an agreement on proposed changes to the state's off-road diesel rule designed to give the local construction industry time to recover from the recession while protecting air quality.

As part of the agreement, CARB will delay enforcement of the rule until 2014, ease annual compliance requirements and give contractors greatly flexibility in how they can comply. The proposed changes, which will need approval from the board in December, are the result of AGC’s successful efforts to identify significant flaws in the Board’s original diesel emissions estimates.

Read the press release here. Listen to the media conference call for details on the agreement.

For more information, contact Mike Kennedy at kennedym@agc.org. Return to Top

ELECTIONS
Election Day Only 26 Days Away
 

Early voting for the November 2 mid-term election is now underway in a number of states.  News reports indicate that the number of voters who cast early ballots in this year's primary elections increased 50 percent over the 2006 midterm, a trend that is reshaping political campaigns across the country. State laws differ nationwide, and many of them are making it easier for individuals to vote if they cannot make it to the polls in November.

As you know, this election is very important for the construction industry and AGC encourages you to support pro-construction candidates running for federal office. To see if you are eligible or for more information on the rules for early voting in your state, visit the AGC website and enter your zip code. Additionally, the website includes the AGC voting record for incumbents in your state.

For more information, contact Jim Young at (202) 547-0133 or youngj@agc.org. Return to Top

AGC PAC Nears $1,000,000 in Contributions for 2010 Election Cycle
 

With just 26 days until Election Day, AGC PAC has contributed nearly $1,000,000 to candidates for federal office.  So far in the 2010 election cycle, AGC PAC contributed $998,796.30 to 251 Congressional candidates, including $230,250 (or 23 percent) to Democratic candidates and $768,546.30 (or 77 percent) to Republican candidates.   All contributions were sent to candidates that support elements of AGC’s agenda, and candidates were vetted by the PAC Committee, the national staff and the Chapters. Most checks were delivered locally by AGC PAC contributors.  

As a reminder, AGC PAC needs to continue bringing in contributions so we can continue relationships or build brand new ones with the 112th Congress.   Remember, every dollar counts and it will be important for AGC to have a war chest in the next presidential election cycle. 

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

FEDERAL
New Congressional Report Outlines Ways Agencies Can Accelerate Infrastructure Projects
 

Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee John Mica (R-Fla.) released a report this week titled Sitting on Our Assets.  According to Ranking Member Mica, the purpose of the report is to “outline and analyze the failure of certain federal agencies to properly utilize or manage assets under their respective control.” 

The report, which focuses on agencies and departments within the jurisdiction of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, also provides recommendation on how cost savings can be achieved in the respective departments and agencies.  A copy of the report is available here.

The report recommends a better utilization of highway assets by giving states and local governments maximum flexibility to develop “innovative solutions” to funding transportation infrastructure. In addition, Ranking Member Mica calls for inclusion of a “437-Day Plan” for transportation projects, modeled after the expedited replacement of the I-35W Bridge, with the hope of dramatically lowering costs.  Other areas in the report of interest to AGC members include: expediting and streamlining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) wetlands permitting process; increasing funding for the Corps to ensure efficient delivery of critical waterways infrastructure projects to the nation; and encouraging GSA to use its statutory authority to take the necessary steps to modernize and update its real estate portfolio.

For more information, contact Sean O’Neill at (202) 547-8892 or oneills@agc.org. Return to Top

Rural Community Funding from USDA’s Recovery Act Money Announced
 

More than $445 million in funding was announced by the Department of Agriculture for 89 water and wastewater infrastructure projects in local communities. The funding is part of the $1.4 billion that USDA received as part of the Recovery Act and is designed to protect public health and the environment by improving water quality and public sanitation services in 32 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. To date, USDA has announced $3.26 billion in Recovery Act funds for 884 water and environmental projects across the nation.

Click here for the list of projects by state.

For more information, contact Scott Berry at (703) 837-5321 or berrys@agc.org Return to Top

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