Construction Legislative Week in Review December 30, 2010
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House Rules Change Will Undermine Highway Trust Fund Spending Urgent Action Necessary
House Will Schedule Early January Vote on Health Care Repeal
House Rules Change Will Undermine Highway Trust Fund Spending Urgent Action Necessary

One of the first actions of the incoming House Republican majority next week will be to adopt revised rules for operating the chamber in 2011 and 2012. In releasing the proposed rules the House Republican leadership indicated that the changes are intended to increase transparency and make it easier to cut federal spending. Among the proposed rules is a repeal of the TEA-21 guaranteed funding requirement for annual federal highway investment and the House point of order that enforces the guarantee. These guaranteed investment levels are based on revenue flowing into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). 

Prior to the adoption of this rule in 1998, it was common for Congress to limit HTF spending to offset deficit spending in other part of the overall federal budget. Because HTF spending was limited the balance grew and highway users were not receiving the benefit of the fees they paid for highway improvements. TEA-21 restored “Trust” to the Highway Trust Fund by assuring all highway user fees were used for their intended purpose: investment in surface transportation improvements.

Republicans will vote on this package of rule changes on Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

You are urged to contact House Republicans and point out the damage this rule change would have on state transportation programs, the transportation construction industry and employment.

 AGC has posted a letter to the Legislative Action Center for your use in conveying this message to your Representative. Please take the time to send a message today. The time is short and it is vital that your Representative hear from you.The letter can be accessed here. Return to Top

House Will Schedule Early January Vote on Health Care Repeal

In an effort to move quickly on what Republicans felt helped fuel their rise to the majority in the 112th Congress, the House will have a vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA also known by some as Obamacare) before the president delivers his State of the Union address on January 25.  The vote could come as early as the first or second week of January. AGC of America opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because it did not do enough to expand availability and control costs, so AGC will be supporting the repeal efforts in the House. 

AGC will be working to develop broad based support for the repeal effort. This may include online petitions, advertising and communication with all members of the House. AGC will launch a grassroots push the first week of January.  We will also begin assembling personal stories on how the PPACA (or Obamacare) are impacting businesses. For instance, in some cases companies have reported facing double digit cost increases for 2012 based partly on new mandates, but also based on the uncertainty over the regulatory process that will fill in some of the gaps left in the bill Congress enacted this year. 

If you have any personal stories about how the health care bill is changing the marketplace, please forward them to Jeff Shoaf Return to Top

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