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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
For more information, please contact Sean O’Neill at (202) 547-8892 or email@example.com.
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EPA Seeking Comments on Report Regarding Waters of the U.S.
Waters Advocacy Coalition to Hold Webinar on How Report Could Impact your Business
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 955.1606.
additional questions about the issue, please contact Scott Berry at (703)
837-5376 or email@example.com.
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