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TRANSPORTATION
President to Sign MAP-21 Legislation Tomorrow
AGC EVENTS
AGC Safety & Health Conference Attendees Prepare to Meet with Their Legislators
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TRANSPORTATION
President to Sign MAP-21 Legislation Tomorrow
 

At a White House Rose Garden ceremony on Friday, July 6, President Obama will sign the Moving Ahead for the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Congress passed the transportation reauthorization legislation just in time to beat the June 30, 2012, expiration date. A one week extension (the tenth of its kind) was also approved to allow time for the legislation to be filed in the proper format. MAP-21 extends highway and transit program authorization for 27-months – through the end of FY 2014 – and keeps funding at current levels with a modest inflation boost (1.4 percent) in FY 2013 and 2014. Authority to collect the Federal motors fuels tax is also extended through the end of FY 2016. View AGC’s summary of the bill’s major provisions of interest to the construction industry here.

The reform provisions in the legislation, including environmental streamlining, transportation enhancement program changes, and program consolidation will not be implemented until Oct. 1, 2012. In a conference call with the major stakeholders following the vote, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said she would like to take a few month hiatus from the bill, but added that Congress now needs to identify a new revenue source, which is needed to keep the Highway Trust Fund operating into the future.

AGC has contacted those senators and representatives who supported passage of the bill and thanked them for their vote. AGC also contacted the 53 representatives and 19 senators who voted in opposition to express our disappointment and reiterate the value these programs have to the long term viability of the US economy, global competitiveness and job creation. Letters have been uploaded to AGC’s Legislation Action Center for you to send similar letters to your Congressional delegation. This was not an easy vote for members of Congress. Those who voted in support are hearing from opponents of the legislation. They also need to hear from supporters. Please take the time to let your elected officials know that you are aware of their vote and their support is appreciated.

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

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AGC EVENTS
AGC Safety & Health Conference Attendees Prepare to Meet with Their Legislators
 

AGC’s premier meeting for safety and health professionals will take place July 11-13, 2012, in Washington, D.C.  Attendees will participate in visits to their members of Congress on the hill to discuss key legislative safety and health issues. 

AGC supports common-sense Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reform legislation that promotes a safe and healthy work environment, while providing assistance for small businesses. OSHA should focus on achieving a more productive workforce and fewer workplace injuries by promoting more effective and efficient approaches to safety and health through cooperation with employers who not only strive to improve their safety programs, but work to increase enforcement on bad actors. Excessive and unnecessary regulations do not enhance safety for workers; OSHA must fully consider the costs and benefits of proposed regulations prior to proposal to ensure that federal and private resources are utilized efficiently to improve safety.

For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or cannonk@agc.org. Return to Top

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