Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org October 27, 2011
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TAX
House Overwhelmingly Supports Repeal of 3 Percent Withholding
BUDGET
Senate to Consider Transportation Funding Bills Next Week
TRANSPORTATION
Two Freshman GOP House Members Circulating Letter Asking for Long Term Transportation Authorization
LABOR
Legislation to Roll Back NLRB's Assault on Employers and Workers Passes House Committee
AGC PAC
Perfection: Four Chapters Reach 100 Percent AGC PAC Board Participation
AGC EVENTS
High-Impact Speakers Slated for 2011 Highway & Utilities Construction Issues Meeting
TAX
House Overwhelmingly Supports Repeal of 3 Percent Withholding
 

Today the House of Representatives, by a margin of 405 to 16, voted to repeal the 3 percent withholding law. The legislation, H.R. 674, now goes to the Senate where AGC hopes there will be swift consideration.  The Senate came within three votes of passing 3 percent withholding last week and this week, President Obama stated his support for the repeal of 3 percent withholding.

Here is a list of the 16 House members who voted against H.R. 674 earlier today.

---- NAYS    16 ---

Clarke (NY)
Edwards
Fudge
Gutierrez
Jackson Lee (TX)
Kucinich

Lee (CA)
Lofgren, Zoe
Olver
Payne
Richmond
Schakowsky

Stark
Thompson (MS)
Waters
Woolsey


Please take a moment to thank House supporters by clicking here.

AGC members were talked about on the floor of the House as the bill was being considered. Thanks to everyone who helped make repeal of 3 percent withholding a congressional priority. 

Now the action moves to the Senate where repeal legislation has 33 cosponsors.  AGC members are encouraged to urge their Senators to cosponsor S. 89, S. 164 or S. 1720 and to vote for repeal when the Senate takes up the legislation.

For more information, please contact Karen Lapsevic at (703) 837-4733 or lapsevick@agc.org. Return to Top

BUDGET
Senate to Consider Transportation Funding Bills Next Week
 

As reported last week, the Senate considered, but was unable to set up, a final vote on a FY 2012 “minibus” appropriations package. However, after securing a unanimous consent agreement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that a vote on final passage of the appropriations bill is scheduled for Nov. 1.  The "minibus" includes FY 2012 appropriations bills for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and Commerce/Justice/Science.  The Senate voted on several amendments to the package last week.  Next week, under the unanimous consent agreement, the Senate will vote on additional amendments prior to a vote on final passage.

AGC has been closely monitoring the “minibus” debate to prevent any anti-construction industry amendments from being offered or voted on. 

In addition to the “minibus”, the Senate may vote on another round of stimulus infrastructure funding.  The stand-alone bill that was part of President Obama’s “America’s Jobs Act” would provide $27 billion for highways, $9 billion for transit, $4 billion for high-speed rail and $10 billion for a National Infrastructure Bank.  The bill will likely fail due to bipartisan opposition to further stimulus spending and a growing focus on a multiyear reauthorization of transportation programs.  There is a growing bipartisan consensus that a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization would be preferable to another one year stimulus. Portions of the surface transportation reauthorization will be marked up in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Nov. 9.

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

TRANSPORTATION
Two Freshman GOP House Members Circulating Letter Asking for Long Term Transportation Authorization
 

AGC is helping Representatives Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) circulate a letter that will be delivered to Republican leaders. The letter highlights support for transportation investment as necessary for economic growth and urges action on a multiyear transportation bill.  The letter is being circulated among Republicans in the House and has about 50 signatures so far.

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

LABOR
Legislation to Roll Back NLRB's Assault on Employers and Workers Passes House Committee
 

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, a bill that would rein in the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and disallow the NLRB to use executive action to streamline the union representation elections. The NLRB is attempting to speed up elections and limit appeals and procedural safeguards that protect the integrity of representation elections. Proposals may reduce the amount of time an employer can address their employees before a vote during an organizing drive. The Workforce Fairness and Democracy Act would specifically:

  • Ensure employers are able to participate in a fair union election process
  • Guarantee workers have the ability to make a fully informed decision in a union election
  • Reinstate the traditional standard for determining which employees will vote in the union election
  • Safeguard privacy by allowing workers to decide the type of personal information provided to a union

AGC expects the House to act on this bill later this year.  AGC sent a letter to Senator Kline expressing support for the bill.  AGC will continue to follow the bill’s progress and encourage members to support the legislation.

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

AGC PAC
Perfection: Four Chapters Reach 100 Percent AGC PAC Board Participation
 

Perfection isn’t easy to achieve. But, in the 2011 AGC PAC Chapter Board Contest, four chapters have shown that it can be done. The AGC of Western Kentucky recently joined the Kansas Contractors Assn., Nebraska Building Chapter AGC, and Associated Contractors of New Mexico with 100 percent board participation in the contest. 

To date, 34 chapters have entered the contest, including:

AGC of Alaska

Nebraska Chapter-AGC

AGC of Arkansas

Associated Contractors of New Mexico

Arizona Chapter-AGC

New Mexico Building Branch

Carolinas AGC

AGC of Oklahoma Building Chapter

AGC of Colorado Building Chapter, Inc.

Oregon-Columbia Chapter-AGC

AGC of Connecticut, Inc.

Master Builders' Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.

Georgia Branch, AGC

AGC of Missouri

General Contractors Association of Hawaii

Montana Contractors Association, Inc.

Central Illinois Builders

Nevada Chapter AGC

Fox Valley Associated General Contractors

Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania

Kansas Contractors Association

AGC of South Dakota, Inc.

AGC of Kentucky, Inc.

AGC of East Tennessee

AGC of Western Kentucky, Inc.

AGC of Texas

Louisiana AGC, Inc.

AGC of Utah

AGC of Minnesota

AGC of Virginia

Mississippi Valley Branch-AGC

AGC of Washington

Nebraska Building Chapter-AGC

Inland Northwest Chapter-AGC

If your Chapter is not listed, it’s not too late to enter.

For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at 202-547-5013 or christiansonj@agc.org. Return to Top

AGC EVENTS
High-Impact Speakers Slated for 2011 Highway & Utilities Construction Issues Meeting
 

The premier event of the year for contractors involved in highway, bridge and utility construction is scheduled for Nov. 10-12, 2011 in the Palm Springs Valley of California. The Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Meeting will address the many issues that will be impacting your business over the next year and in years to come.

This meeting will feature presentations and discussions on major trends in highway and utilities construction including funding, regulations, procurement methods, technology, and equipment.

Speakers on key industry issues include:

  • Equipment Values in a Global Economy - Rob Mackay, President, Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers
  • Assessing and Pricing Project Risk: Developing a Risk Allocation Model - Owner’s View: Doug Jackson, HDR Inc / Contractor’s View: Cade Rowley, Sundt Corporation
  • Project Risk Impact on Bonding Costs - Mike Anderson, Marsh
  • Increased Labor Compliance Audits: Meeting the Requirements & Preparing Your Company for an Audit - David Wolds, Wolds Law Group
  • New Storm Water Runoff Rules: Compliance and Implementation - Jennifer Hildebrand, Environmental Compliance Group Manager
  • Public Private Partnerships: Update on Successful PPPs - Richard Norment, Executive Director, National Council for Public Private Partnerships
  • Washington Update: Congressional/Regulatory Outlook - Stephen Sandherr, AGC CEO

To register for the meeting and for information on hotel reservations, please click here.

For more information, please contact Brian Deery at (703) 837-5319 or deeryb@agc.org, or Scott Berry at (703) 837-5321 or berrys@agc.org. Return to Top

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