Transportation is Job #1 Campaign
With only 73 days remaining until
the expiration of the latest highway and transit authorization extension, today
AGC kicked-off a comprehensive grassroots and communications campaign asking
Congress to take action on a reauthorization bill before March 31, 2012.
The campaign, called Make Transportation JOB #1, will continue to build momentum for
passage of a reauthorization bill. The time to engage your member
of Congress is now. Both the House and Senate are in position to move
their respective bills but they need to be encouraged to ACT NOW.
AGC and our members have worked
hard to get the reauthorization bill to this point and we need to push to ensure
members of Congress hear from their constituents of the need to Make
Transportation JOB #1 and pass a highway and transit reauthorization
bill. Over the next several weeks AGC chapters, members and business
colleagues need to:
- Send letters to your Representatives and
- Sign a petition expressing your support for
passing a highway and transit bill;
- Use a complete grassroots toolkit – available
on the AGC website – with sample letters to the editor and guidance about
arranging effective meetings with your Representatives and Senators.
AGC would like to thank the
chapters and members who have already participated in the campaign. To date, 429 letters have been sent to
Congress asking them to pass a highway and transit bill. Only 21 signatures have been added to AGC’s online
petition so we ask that you go onto our website, www.agc.org/roads,
sign the petition today, and encourage your employees and colleagues to do the
Getting a highway and transit
authorization bill passed in Congress and signed into law prior to March 31,
2012, will not be easy. It is vital that AGC members engage
business associates (suppliers, subcontractors, insurance, bonding, financial
services, etc.), labor organizations and other non-construction businesses in
this effort. We need a true team effort to get this done.
For more information, please contact Sean
O’Neill at (202) 547-8892 or email@example.com; or Brian Deery at (703) 837-5319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Transportation and FAA Reauthorization Update
With Congress returning next week for the second session of
the 112th Congress, two major infrastructure authorization bills are in position
to move through the House of Representatives and the Senate. Current
extensions of authorizations covering the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
and Federal highways and transit programs expire in the first quarter of 2012,
with the FAA expiring on January 31 and highways and transit on March 31.
The FAA authorization, currently on its 22nd extension, must
be dealt with first and is closer to completion than the highway and transit
bill. In the first session of the 112th Congress, both the House and
Senate passed respective FAA authorization bills. Negotiations continue
between the House and Senate with only a handful of outstanding issues yet to
be agreed on. The most contentious of those issues is a House provision
overturning a National Mediation Board ruling on how to count votes in airline
union formation elections. Even if an agreement can be reached on the
outstanding items, it is likely that another short-term extension of FAA
funding will still be needed to prevent another shutdown. AGC will
continue to monitor the negotiations and push to avoid another shutdown of the
Reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs
is the closest it has been to moving forward in both the House and Senate since
the current authorization (SAFETEA-LU) expired on Sep. 30, 2009, but still
faces obstacles in each chamber.
In the Senate, the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee
passed a bipartisan two-year authorization of federal highway spending on Nov. 9
and the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed the their safety
portion of the reauthorization on Dec. 14. The committees who have yet to
act are Banking (transit) and Finance (revenue) and both could potentially
markup their respective portions as early as the week of Jan. 30. The
main obstacle in the Senate is finding the revenue necessary to maintain
current funding levels, estimated to be between $12 and $14 billion.
There have been encouraging signs from Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus
(D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that they are working on ways
to find the revenue necessary to pay for the reauthorization bill.
In the House, the Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee has not moved a bill through their committee as EPW did in the
Senate. AGC members received an update last week from Republican staff on
the committee where the staff laid out the possibility of moving a
reauthorization bill in the next several weeks. Big decisions yet to be
made by House leadership include: the funding levels for the bill and a revenue
source for those levels. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is committed to
pay for part of the bill by expanding oil and gas production, but the revenue
estimates from this source fall woefully short of what is needed to maintain
current funding levels. AGC has been told that Republican leaders are
planning to bridge the gap between revenue from expanding energy production and
remaining funding needed to maintain current funding levels. If this is
the path forward in the House, the obstacles to passage will be ensuring enough
Republican votes for the package and avoiding major opposition from Democrats.
AGC continues to work with both House and Senate leaders and
staff as this process plays out. We have also kicked off our grassroots
campaign, Make Transportation Job #1
where we are asking AGC chapters and members to send letters to their
Representatives and Senators; sign a petition calling for swift passage of a
reauthorization bill; and meet with their legislators when they are home in
their districts and states.
For more information, please contact Sean O’Neill at (202) 547-8892 or email@example.com.
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Lawsuit Challenges NLRB Recess Appointments
On Jan. 13, 2011, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace –
of which AGC is a member – and co-plaintiffs filed a motion to amend their complaint challenging the NLRB’s employee
notice rule to add a count challenging the Board’s authority to implement or
enforce the rule with only two members. The motion alleges that the
recess appointments of Richard Griffin, Sharon Block and Terry Flynn are
unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s New Process Steel decision stated that
the board must have three members to perform certain duties; therefore the
two-member board is inadequate.
While awaiting a ruling on the motion, the coalition is also
gathering resources to mount a separate legal challenge focused on the recess
appointments. They are currently looking for a suitable employer with a
pending matter before the Board. AGC will continue to monitor the legal
challenges and urges the president to work with the Senate and seat a balanced board. In addition to the legal challenges, bills
have been introduced in the House that would ban these types of recess
appointments. The Executive Appointments
Reform Act (H.R. 3770) and a nonbinding resolution were introduced in the
House. Leadership has not decided whether either of these bills will receive a
For more information, please contact Jim Young at (202) 547-0133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Key Federal Technical Committee Puts the Brakes on LightSquared’s LTE Network
As AGC reported
previously, a company called LightSquared is planning to build a national
mobile internet network to compete with the data signal offered by major cell
phone companies. Early reports indicated that the spectrum they planned to use
was too close to the signal band used by the Global Positioning System, causing
signal bleed and interference, particularly for the sensitive GPS receivers
aboard agricultural and construction equipment.
The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing
Executive Committee had been asked by the Federal Communications Commission and
the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to test and
analyze LightSquared's original plan, as well as plan modifications designed to
reduce interference with GPS. In a Jan. 13 letter, the Committee, which
represents nine federal departments and agencies, said "Based upon this
testing and analysis, there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations
that would permit the LightSquared broadband service, as proposed, to operate
in the next few months or years without significantly interfering with
The Committee’s unanimous conclusion makes LightSquared’s
plan very difficult to accomplish, as the FCC has made the successful
resolution of these interference issues a condition for granting LightSquared
permission to proceed. AGC will continue to work with the ‘Save Our GPS’
Coalition to ensure the GPS signals that drive many pieces of construction and
underground utility location equipment are preserved.
For more information, please contact Scott Berry at (703) 837-5321 or email@example.com.
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Twenty-Three Chapters Reach 100 Percent in 2011 AGC PAC Board Contest!
The 2011 AGC PAC Chapter Board competition finished
strong, as 23 (bolded below) of the 38 participating chapters achieved 100
percent board member participation and a chance to win a complimentary, standard
registration package for AGC’s 2013 convention.
Chapters participating in the 2011 contest
AGC of Alaska
of Missouri, Inc
Nebraska Building Chapter-AGC
San Diego Chapter
Nevada Chapter, AGC
of Colorado Building Chapter Inc
Associated Contractors of New Mexico
Contractors Assn Inc
Mexico Building Branch
AGC of Connecticut Inc
of Oklahoma Building Chapter
Georgia Branch, AGC
AGC of Oklahoma General Contractors
General Contractors Assn of Hawaii
Master Builders' Association of W PA
Constructors Assn of W Pennsylvania
AGC of Kansas Inc
AGC of South Dakota, Inc
Kansas Contractors Association
of East Tennessee
AGC of Kentucky Inc
AGC of Texas
AGC of Western Kentucky Inc
Louisiana AGC Inc
AGC of Minnesota
Mississippi Valley Branch-AGC
Inland Northwest Chapter-AGC
First Chapter to log 100 percent participation: NE
Bldg Chapter (4/29/11)
Chapter reaching 100 percent with highest # of board members: AGC
of Alaska (35)
Chapter generating most board dollars: CAWPA
All 2011 Chapter Board Awards
will be distributed at the National and Chapter Leadership Luncheon at AGC’s 93rd
Annual Convention, Hilton Hawaiian Village; Tuesday, March 13, Tappa Ballroom
3, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
As most of our chapters are aware, PAC contributions are essential to
advancing the industry’s legislative priorities on Capitol Hill. They are a
part of the political business just as much as submitting bids is a part of the
contracting business. Again, we are sincerely grateful for your support.
Get your chapter involved early. Join us now and reap the competitive edge
of early registration for the 2012 board contest. Our chapter involvement
determines the success of this ongoing program and reflects AGC PAC’s ongoing
goal to “Build a Better Congress.”
Prepare Early for 2012 Chapter Board Contest:
Click here to
review 2012 contest rules and commit your board’s support for the 2012
challenge. E-mail or fax (703/837-5407) your completed 2012
intent-to-participate form and board roster to Cecelia Casey in the National
AGC PAC office at firstname.lastname@example.org (PH:
For more information on AGC
PAC, please visit www.agc.org/PAC.
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South Carolina Primary: Perry Out. Romney Up. Gingrich Down.
The rollercoaster ride to the Republican presidential
nomination continued today with Rick Perry announcing the end of his campaign
two days before the South Carolina primary. Reaching his peak poll numbers
shortly after entering the race last August, Perry fell victim to a number of
gaffes leading to questions about his candidacy.
Perry’s announcement leaves Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich to
fight for the Palmetto state’s primary on Saturday. Most polls show Romney over
Gingrich, but within the margin of error. However, ABC will air an allegedly
damaging interview tonight of Gingrich’s ex-wife discussing the former
Speaker’s moral inconsistencies. The interview could land a devastating blow to
the Gingrich campaign in the socially conservative state.
AGC PAC continues to closely monitor the presidential as
well as the congressional races for construction-friendly candidates.
For more information contact Jimmy Christianson at
202-547-5013 or email@example.com.
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Register for the 2012 AGC Federal Contractors Conference
April 16-19, 2012 | The Mayflower Hotel | Washington, DC
The 2012 AGC
Federal Contractors Conference will be held
April 16-19, 2012, at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. This meeting is
the only national event where contractors and federal agency personnel can meet
in a collaborative forum to review federal construction contracting issues and
trends from around the U.S. These insightful and highly productive exchanges
have solidified the need for both federal construction contractors and the
federal construction agencies to share information on a wide variety of issues,
foster better communication and create real solutions.
If you are engaged in any aspect of
constructing, designing or planning a federal project and you are a general
contractor, specialty contractor, service/supplier, attorney or any other
important stakeholder already engaged in the federal or federally-assisted
market, this conference has a place for you. If you are interested in learning
more about federal contracting opportunities and how to get started, this
conference is a great place to begin your learning experience.
The conference is geared for AGC members who
perform a diverse range of projects including building construction for
agencies such as the General Services Administration, military construction
projects for our Armed Services, highway and transportation projects for our
nation, and water resources projects that benefit our nation's navigation and
flood control. AGC continues to inform members from specific industry segments
about emerging issues and trends that are relevant to their work.
To learn more about the conference, download the conference
brochure and register, please visit www.agc.org/fedcon.
For additional information, please contact
Marco Giamberardino at (703) 837-5325 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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