Senate Passes Transportation Bill, Still Waiting on the House to Take Action
Yesterday, the Senate passed their AGC supported, 2- year, $109 billion surface
transportation reauthorization bill, S. 1813 the Moving Ahead for Progress in
the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) by a strong bipartisan vote of 74-22. Funding levels and key
provisions of MAP-21 can be found
The bipartisanship that brought the bill to the
floor for a vote was evident during the deliberation of the bill and the
consideration of amendments. Several amendments were passed by a voice vote,
while a number of amendments opposed by AGC were defeated. These include
amendments to cut the overall funding of MAP-21; devolve federal surface
transportation programs to the states; and allow states to opt out of the
federal program. A full list of amendments that AGC took a position on can be found here. There were several other transportation related amendments
to MAP-21, a complete list can be found here.
AGC and other industry stakeholders were successful in
inserting language into the final bill that includes a multi-year exemption
from the Private Activity Bond (PAB) volume cap for water and wastewater
projects. The legislation provides for a five or six-year exemption from
the state PAB volume cap for water projects while also providing a
one-year alternative minimum tax (AMT) extension for tax-exempt bonds.
Attention now is focused on the House of
Representatives where Republican leaders have several options as to how they
wish to proceed. AGC has learned that the most likely scenario is that the
House will pass a short-term extension while they try to reach an agreement on a
final reauthorization bill. At this point, it seems unlikely the House
will simply take up and pass the Senate bill. All 100 Senators have already
agreed that it is unconstitutional for them to send their passed version of the
transportation bill to the House since it is unconstitutional for a bill with a
S. bill number to raise or extend taxes, as S. 1813 does. AGC and other
transportation stakeholders continue to push for the House to pass a multiyear
reauthorization prior to the March 31 deadline. Please visit AGC's Legislative Action Center to send a
letter to your Representative.
information, please contact Sean O’Neill at (202) 547-8892 or email@example.com.
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TRIP/AGC Press Conference Highlights Hawaii Road Needs
Today, the Road
Information Program (TRIP) released a report discussing road and bridge
conditions in Hawaii. The report highlights the additional costs a
typical driver incus, from wasted fuel, time lost in congestion and additional
maintenance and repairs because of poor road and bridge conditions. Joining
TRIP at the press conference was John Romanowski, president of AGC’s
General Contractors Association of Hawaii chapter and vice president of Jas. W.
Glover Ltd. who reported on the latest construction job numbers, showing that
the Honolulu area lost another 600 construction jobs - a 3 percent decline -
between January 2011 and January 2012.
The news conference
noted the need for Congress to complete action on the long delayed
transportation reauthorization legislation. Romanowski noted that Honolulu
continues to experience some of the nation’s most severe construction job
losses as Congress is years late in passing legislation to fund vital highway,
bridge and other infrastructure repairs.
The TRIP report was
the lead story in the March 15, 2012 Star Adviser, Oahu’s top newspaper. The
press conference was also covered by all four local television stations.
Honolulu ranked 255th out of 337 metro areas in terms of the percentage of
construction jobs lost during the year. Romanowski said that construction
employment in Hawaii has declined 30 percent during the past 5 years.
Meanwhile, Honolulu has lost nearly one quarter of the construction jobs that
existed in January 2008, a decline of 6,300 jobs.
For more information,
please contact Brian Deery at (703) 837-5319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AGC Federal Contractors Conference is Only 5 Weeks Away
Donít Miss Out Ė Register Today!
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 United States. 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.
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