Sandy Aid Bill House Consideration Expected
recessing last week, the House of Representatives passed the first part of the
Hurricane Sandy emergency supplemental appropriations bill. The bill
provided $9.7 billion in additional borrowing authority for the National Flood
Insurance Program and passed by a vote of 354-67. The House returns next week and is expected to continue consideration of the remaining Sandy aid bill. The Senate will
return from their break the week of January 21 and will take up the bill as
their first order of business.
The bill faces
opposition among some House Republicans so it is important that AGC members contact
their members of Congress expressing
support for the passage of the Sandy supplemental to ensure swift enactment of the
legislation that will provide the affected states the ability to rebuild their
information, please contact Sean O’Neill at (202) 547-8892 or email@example.com.
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Four Upcoming Special Elections
Massachusetts - Senate Seat
Sen. John Kerry (D) has yet to begin his confirmation process as Secretary of
State, action is already occurring in the upcoming special election to replace
him. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.-5) has announced his intention to run and received
Sen. Kerry's endorsement, along with endorsements by Vicky Kennedy, wife of the
late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D), and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.-7) objects to the
Democratic establishment lining up behind Markey and has reiterated that he is
still considering a run in the race. Rep.
Stephen Lynch (D-MA-8), commonly regarded as the most conservative member of
the all-Democratic Massachusetts delegation, also says he may run. For the
Republicans, former Sen. Scott Brown also has not ruled out entering the race. However, the race for Governor – likely to be
an open seat in 2014 – appears to be a better option for him.
appears to be in the driver's seat, at least in the early going of this race.
Gov. Deval Patrick (D) will appoint an interim successor once Senator Kerry resigns
to serve until a special election can be held.
Last week, Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.-4) made a public
statement saying he is interested in receiving the interim Senate appointment
so he may participate in the upcoming fiscal legislative debate – which will
take place before the special election is conducted. Gov. Patrick had no
reaction to Frank's statement. The governor may come under intense pressure,
however, to appoint Rep. Markey. Doing so would virtually clinch the campaign
for him. The special election winner will run for a full term in 2014.
Illinois - 2nd Congressional
assuming a tentative lead as the Democratic front runner for the special
election to replace resigned-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D), state Sen. Donne
Trotter has indicated that he will not become a candidate, leaving the race
wide open. Trotter was arrested at O'Hare Airport recently for carrying a
weapon. The incident would be detrimental to his congressional campaign in
light of the frenzy surrounding the Connecticut school shooting. Current candidates include former Rep.
Deborah Halvorson (D-Ill.-11), who lost to Jackson in the 2012 Democratic
primary after losing her 11th District seat to Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) in 2010.
Former Rep. Mel Reynolds (D), who served time in prison for a series of
felonies, is also a candidate. So are several state legislators and local
Chicago officials. The primary will be held on Feb. 26.
Missouri – 8th Congressional
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R) preparing to leave the House in February to become CEO
of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, individuals are making
moves to qualify for the special general election. Each political party will
nominate one candidate for the special election. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R), former state
Treasurer Sarah Steelman, state Republican Party executive director Lloyd
Smith, and State Rep. Jason Smith have all notified Republican Party officials
that they want to be considered for the nomination. The southeastern Missouri
8th district is a heavily Republican seat, so it is almost a certainty that the
state party district convention winner will win the special election. Gov. Jay
Nixon (D) will set the election schedule when Ms. Emerson officially resigns
from her seat.
South Carolina – 1st Congressional
Nikki Haley (R) has set the election schedule to replace new Sen. Tim Scott in
the House. The special primary will be held March 19, with a run-off election –
should no candidate claim an outright majority – on April 2. The special
general election will be May 7. Expect a crowded Republican field, as the
eventual GOP nominee will be a heavy favorite to win the May election. Among
those seriously considering the race is former Gov. Mark Sanford (R), who left
office after he was discovered having an affair. Before being elected Governor,
Sanford served in the House for three terms.
information, please contact David Ashinoff at (202) 547-5013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DOL Secretary Resigns
On Jan. 9, 2013, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda
Solis announced her resignation from the agency. Since her confirmation in
2009, the DOL has stepped up its regulatory and enforcement activities in a
number of different areas. The resignation comes on the heels the Department’s
long delayed regulatory agenda. Currently, there
is no consensus frontrunner to take the helm at DOL. AGC will continue to
monitor the confirmation process of a new Secretary and possible initiatives
that could impact the industry.
information, please contact Jim Young at (202) 547-0133 or email@example.com.
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AGC Opposes USACE Project Labor Agreement Inquiries
On Jan. 8,
AGC sent two letters opposing government-mandated project labor (PLA) inquiries
posted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). USACE sought industry
comments on possible PLAs for projects outside of New Orleans, La. and Los
Angeles, Calif. The former project involves levee work as part of the hurricane protection system and the latter is for the
replacement of a JP-8 Bulk Fuel Storage at Edwards Air Force Base.
supports nor opposes contractors’ voluntary use of PLAs on government projects,
but strongly opposes any government mandate for contractors’ use of PLAs. AGC
is committed to free and open competition for publicly funded work, and
believes that the lawful labor relations policies and practices of private
construction contractors should not be a factor in a government agency’s
AGC’s letters, please click here and here.
For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at (703)
837-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Registration for 2013 AGC Federal Contractors Conference is Now OPEN
2013 AGC Federal Contractors Conference will be held April 23-25, 2013,
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.
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.
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.
learn more about the conference, download the conference
brochure and register, please visit www.agc.org/fedcon.
For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at (703)837-5325 or email@example.com.
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Free Member Only AGC Webinar on Multi-Employer Pension Plan Reform
Learn About Recommendations for Legislative and Regulatory Changes to System
For over a year, AGC has participated in the National
Coordinating Committee of Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP) Retirement Review
Security Commission to develop draft recommendations for legislative and other
changes to the current multi-employer pension plan system. The Commission has
worked to develop these recommendations to ensure that the system provides
reliable retirement income to workers while reducing financial risks to
The Commission was a labor-management, cross-industry group
of stakeholders. Specific recommendations were put forth in the following areas:
corrections and other changes to the Pension Protection Act;
tools for plans near insolvency;
of new, more flexible plan designs; and
new tools and changes to the law.
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. EST, AGC will host a free
webinar with presenters involved in the Commission, including AGC of America’s
Commission representative and NCCMP staff, all of whom will review the
Commission’s proposal and its potential impact on the construction industry.
By participating in this webinar, union contractor members will learn
about the proposal and potential legislative changes after the Pension
Protection Act sunsets in 2014, and how to help advance reform efforts.
information or to register for the free AGC member-only webinar,
please click here.
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AGC to Host Webinar on the Affordable Care Actís Impact on Business Operations
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impact the bottom line of
EVERY construction company. As a result, many construction company owners and
executives are faced with making some tough choices to help minimize the impact
of the new law on business operations. AGC’s upcoming webinar series, The Affordable Care Act: The Impact of
Health Care Reform on Your Construction Business, will provide
those with a seat at the table the information necessary to make critical
business decisions that will affect the company for years to come. The
webinars will be held on Feb. 5, 7 and 12. Each webinar will be held from
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. Registration for all three days is just $99 for AGC members.
On day one of the webinar, AGC’s chief economist will give
his prediction as to what areas of construction will see growth as a result of
the new law and where marketing and business development efforts should be
expanded. In addition, there will be an overview all of the key implementation
dates of the ACA, the overall impact of the law on health plans, and the impact
of the individual mandate on business – an often disregarded issue for
Day two will cover “Play or Pay” – the employer mandate
provision that raises the most questions for employers. Small businesses and
those with seasonal employees will especially benefit from learning the process
for determining if a company must comply with the mandate. Vital tax and
payroll issues will also be discussed.
For those who decide to “play”, on day three, participants
will get an inside look at the future of the insurance marketplace, including
how insurance providers are adapting their plans and cost structures as a
result of the new requirements, as well as techniques to use when shopping around
for health insurance plans.
is the time to take action by creating a strategy to address these critical
issues. In addition, On December 28,
2012 the IRS released a document titled Questions and
Answers on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions under the Affordable Care
Act. To view
a copy of this document, please click here.
For more information or to register, please visit the AGC
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