Health Care Repeal Passes House, But Law Remains for Now
The House voted 245 to 189 this week to repeal the health
care law. The vote marked the first in a series of efforts by House Republicans
to honor their pledge during the campaign season to replace last year’s law.
The vote was followed today by a resolution formally authorizing four
committees to begin work on crafting alternative health plan legislation.
AGC designated the repeal vote as a “Key Vote” that will be used in an
annual scorecard indicating the level of support legislators give to the
The outlook in the Senate for any action on repeal
legislation is dim, and odds of repeal are further diminished by a Presidential
veto. Therefore, Republicans will now focus their efforts on unpeeling the
health care law through hearings, funding cuts and targeting specific portions
of the law in a piecemeal approach. In the coming weeks, House Republicans will
focus on oversight investigations and hearings into the costs of the law, the
mandates on employers and the cost to states.
While Democrats and Republicans differ on many portions
of the law, there has been some bipartisan support to repeal the 1099 reporting
requirement that was included in last year’s health care bill. Beginning in
2012 the provision requires government, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes
to file Form 1099s with the IRS when goods or services are purchased without a
credit card from another business in excess of $600 in a year. AGC members are
encouraged to contact their Representative in support of H.R. 4, a bill that
would repeal this 1099 requirement, by using the Legislative
For more information, contact Jim Young at
(202) 547-0133 or email@example.com.
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President Obama Attempts to Buttress Republican Concerns Over Regulatory Agenda
In an attempt to meet Republican calls for ending a
regulatory environment that is stifling job creation and economic growth,
President Obama on January 18 signed an executive order requiring all agencies
to review federal regulations that are too burdensome.
Under the Executive
Order, the president ordered federal agencies to design cost-effective,
evidence-based regulations that are compatible with economic growth, job
creation, and competitiveness, utilizing the following guiding principles:
- Cost-effective and Cost-Justified: Consistent with
law, Agencies must consider costs and benefits and choose the least burdensome
- Transparent: The regulatory process must be
transparent and include public participation, with an opportunity for the
public to comment.
- Coordinated and Simplified: Agencies must
attempt to coordinate, simplify, and harmonize regulations to reduce costs and
promote certainty for businesses and the public.
- Flexible: Agencies must consider approaches that
maintain freedom of choice and flexibility, including disclosure of relevant
information to the public.
- Science-driven: Regulations must be guided by
objective scientific evidence.
- Necessary and Up-to-Date: Existing regulations
must be reviewed to determine that they are still necessary and crafted
effectively to solve current problems. If they are outdated, they must be
changed or repealed.
It is unclear at this time how the federal agencies will
respond to this directive and what regulations would be permitted to be rolled
back by the Administration.
In addition to the Executive Order, the president also
issued two memos concerning transparency and job creation. The first memo
requires the federal agencies to make publicly-available compliance information
easily accessible, downloadable, and searchable online. The second memo calls on the federal agencies
to consider ways to reduce regulatory burdens on small business and requires
that Agencies provide justifications when such flexibilities are not included
in proposed regulation.
AGC will closely monitor how these new directives will be
implemented and will continue working with the federal agencies and
Congressional leaders to identify regulatory actions that are inhibiting job
growth in the construction industry.
The new Executive
Order can be found here.
The new memorandum on Regulatory Compliance can be found here.
The new memorandum on Regulatory Flexibility, Small Business, and Job Creation
can be found here.
For more information, please contact Marco Giamberardino at (703)
837-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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House Moves Toward FY 2011 Funding Cuts
The House Rules committee on Wednesday marked-up a
resolution to “transition” non-security spending for FY 2011 to FY 2008 levels.
Currently, the federal government is operating under a
continuing resolution with funding at FY 2010 levels that expires March
4. The resolution will be voted on by the entire House on January 26 and
builds on the authority given to the Chairman of the House Budget Committee,
Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), to set spending allocations for FY 2011.
The House Republican plan at this point only involves
cutting the aggregate total spending down to FY 2008 levels. Just how the
cuts will be distributed remains to be seen and the full extent of those cuts
on individual agencies and programs will not be known until Chairman Ryan gives
the Appropriations Committee its FY 2011 spending allocation.
AGC will continue to monitor this process and its impact on
federal construction dollars.
For more information, contact Sean O’Neill
at (202) 547-8892 or email@example.com.
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Learn the Results of AGC and Navigantís 2011 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook
AGC, along with co-sponsor Navigant, will host a conference
call for members and Chapter on Monday, January 24 at 2pm ET to release the
results of the third annual Construction Hiring and Business Outlook.
AGC’s CEO Stephen Sandherr, Chief Economist Ken Simonson and Navigant’s
Managing Director for Construction Michael Feigin will review the survey results
and answer your questions.
Each year, AGC surveys its member firms for details on
their business and hiring plans for the year. These results help AGC understand
the year to come for the construction industry, and tailor its legislative,
media and educational programs accordingly.
Nearly 1,300 firms responded to the 2011 survey. To learn
more about the results, dial in to the conference call Monday at 2pm ET.
Call in information is as follows:
U.S. Toll Free Dial In: 1-888-299-4099
Verbal Passcode: VT31748
For more information, contact Brian Turmail at
(703) 837-5310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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