Construction Legislative Week in Review
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HEALTH CARE
House to Vote Next Week on Health Care Repeal, AGC Members Encouraged to Complete Survey
TRANSPORTATION
New House Rules Allow for Cuts to Highway Funding
HEALTH CARE
House to Vote Next Week on Health Care Repeal, AGC Members Encouraged to Complete Survey
 

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 President Obama delivers his State of the Union address on January 25.  The vote is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12. 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 supports the repeal efforts in the House. 

AGC has created a brief survey for AGC members to share their experiences with the new law, including how plans have changed in the last year or how members anticipate them to change and whether costs have risen or declined. In addition, AGC has provided an alert on the Legislative Action Center for members to easily write to their Representative on this issue.

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

TRANSPORTATION
New House Rules Allow for Cuts to Highway Funding
 

The House rules package adopted for the 112th Congress  includes a provision that has the potential to dramatically alter the process Congress uses to provide funding for highway and transit programs. 

The new rule is a repeal of the guaranteed funding requirement for annual federal highway investment and the House Point of Order that protects and enforces that guarantee.  These guaranteed funding levels are established by the multi-year surface transportation authorization and have been protected since 1998 from any legislation that would fund the programs below the authorized levels.

During a closed meeting of  the Republican Conference, Representative Steve Latourette (R-Ohio) offered an amendment that would have retained some of the guarantees of the program while giving the GOP a chance to cut funding if they can muster a majority of votes to do it on the House Floor.

While the AGC-supported amendment failed, several Republican Members of Congress – including newly elected members – expressed their support for keeping the current rule in place. This support will be critical as we head into the FY 2012 House appropriations and budget season.

Many AGC members took the time to write Congress on this issue. We must remain committed to working with the full Congress on enacting a multi-year highway bill. The current extension of the program expires on March 4. As that date approaches AGC will again ask for additional grassroots support for extending the program at current funding levels.  It is likely that the move to cut spending during the 112th Congress will include efforts to cut spending for surface transportation.

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

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