Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org October 3, 2013
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AGC EVENTS
AGC Chapter Leaders Visit D.C., Members of Congress
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Government Shutdown Continues
ENVIRONMENT
EPA Seeking Comments on Report Regarding Waters of the U.S.
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AGC EVENTS
AGC Chapter Leaders Visit D.C., Members of Congress
 

Earlier this week, AGC chapter leaders descended upon Washington, D.C. for its annual National and Chapter Leadership Conference. This conference is designed to bring chapter leaders together to discuss best practices and meet with members of Congress to address AGC's top legislative issues. AGC members visited with more than 100 members of Congress and their staff.  During these meetings with legislators, AGC members used the opportunity to urge support for immigration reform, changes to procurement laws, changing elements of Obamacare and increased federal investment in infrastructure by fixing the Highway Trust Fund and passing the Water Resources Development Act. 

The Conference-designated “hill day” commenced with a session featuring AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) and Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) who discussed infrastructure funding.

AGC of America would like to thank all the members and chapter executives who met with their Legislators.

For more information or if you have any feed back from meetings with your representatives, please contact Brynn Tupper at (703) 837-5376 or tupperb@agc.org. Return to Top

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Government Shutdown Continues
Debt Ceiling Looms
 

The partial government shutdown is on its third day and there is no clear indication as to how it will end or how long it will last.  The House of Representatives and the Senate have spent almost a week playing a game of legislative ping-pong, where the Senate passed four clean continuing resolutions (CRs) and the House Republicans refused to pass a clean CR and  have, instead, passed four CRs that include provisions either repealing, defunding or delaying different parts of  Obamacare.  The Senate Democrats have voted down all four House-passed CRs because of the respective Obamacare provisions.  In addition to Obamacare, House and Senate CR’s differ in length: the Senate wants a 45-day CR (Nov. 15), while the House prefers a 75-day CR (Dec. 15).  Both House and Senate bills include the post sequester funding levels of $986.3 billion. That funding level is considered a victory for Republicans because Senate Democrats are drafting their FY 2014 appropriations bills at funding levels of $1.058 trillion.

With the shutdown looking to continue into the weekend and certain conservative Republicans refusing to compromise, there appears to be a growing realization that Congress and the president will likely have to deal with resolving the debt ceiling issues at the same time as the government shutdown.  This may present the opportunity to deal with funding the government, raising the debt ceiling and addressing our nation’s long-term fiscal challenges collectively.

AGC joined more than 250 other groups urging the House and Senate to finalize work on a continuing resolution and an increase in the debt limit so that they can deal with the real causes of the country’s long term debt problems. The letter – which went to all members of the House and Senate last week – says in part, “Congress cannot continue ‘kicking the can down the road:’ it’s time to take corrective action to address the unaffordable path of entitlement spending, to stabilize federal finances and to undertake fundamental tax reform to strengthen the American Economy.”

AGC has also created a Government Shutdown Resource Center to help contractors navigate the shutdown.  This document provides information on what contracts will be in jeopardy and which will be unaffected.  It also gives advice on how to proceed with federal owners if certain approvals may be needed or if there are question about how to bill costs associated with delays caused by the government shutdown.

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

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ENVIRONMENT
EPA Seeking Comments on Report Regarding Waters of the U.S.
Waters Advocacy Coalition to Hold Webinar on How Report Could Impact your Business
 

EPA is seeking comments on its recently released draft report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, which details how smaller, isolated water bodies are connected to larger ones, and its conclusions.  

Along with the release of EPA’s report, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Sept. 17 that it and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) had sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review a draft proposed rule to revise federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction over waters of the United States.  EPA has publicly acknowledged that the final version of this “connectivity” report will serve as a basis for a joint EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rulemaking to clarify their jurisdiction in Clean Water Act permitting.  Read more about the Clean Water Act in AGC’s environmental news here.

To learn more, the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) – of which AGC is a leading board member – and Hunton & Williams LLP are holding a webinar on “How EPA’s Report on the ‘Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters Impacts Your Business and Regulation.”  This webinar is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2013, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. 

The webinar panel will discuss:

  • What are the agencies proposing and how will my business be impacted?
  • What is the timing of the regulatory changes?
  • What should I know about the science of connectivity?
  • How can I get involved? Or what should I do?

To register, please contact Rachel Mann at rkmann@hunton.com or (202) 955.1606.

For additional questions about the issue, please contact Scott Berry at (703) 837-5376 or berrys@agc.org Return to Top

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