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HARDHATS FOR HIGHWAYS
Hardhats for Highways Webinar: How You Can Get Involved
APPROPRIATIONS
House Panel Approves FY 2015 MILCON/VA Funding
2014 ELECTIONS
FL-19 Special Primary Election Results
AGC EVENTS
AGC 2014 Federal Contractors Conference Early Bird Discount EXTENDED One Week
TCC Fly-In & AGC DOT Meetings: Find Out the Latest Washington Developments on Funding, Contracting, Innovation
Register for the AGC Summer Financial Issues Forum
HARDHATS FOR HIGHWAYS
Hardhats for Highways Webinar: How You Can Get Involved
Monday, May 5, 2014 | 2:00-3:00 pm EDT | www.HardhatsforHighways.org
 

Hardhats for Highways invites you to attend a free webinar on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 pm EDT. This webinar will discuss how you can get involved in the campaign, the tools available to help you be successful and real-life examples from a construction company on their Hardhats for Highways efforts. 

The Hardhats for Highways campaign was created to provide you with the tools to educate your members of Congress on the importance federal highway funding has on your company and your job. 

Tens of thousands of construction workers rely on federal transportation funding to keep working.  But unless Congress acts, the Highway Trust Fund will go broke as early as this summer, forcing states to cut highway bid lettings, putting thousands of construction jobs at risk.

All individuals interested in learning more about the Hardhats for Highways grassroots campaign are invited to attend.  Please click here to register.

For more information, please contact Brynn Huneke at (703) 837-5376 or brynn.huneke@agc.org Return to Top

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APPROPRIATIONS
House Panel Approves FY 2015 MILCON/VA Funding
$3 Billion Cut to MILCON; More of the Same for VA
 

On April 9, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2015 funding bill for Military Construction (Milcon) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill roughly mirrors the president’s FY 2015 budget request for Milcon and VA construction accounts.

Looking at Milcon accounts, the bill, like the president’s budget request, would cut approximately $3 billion when compared to FY 2014 funding levels. As the numbers reflect in the attached chart, the Army would see the greatest percentage reduction compared to last year, with a $578 million, or 52 percent, cut in FY 2015. However, a provision in the bill later provides the Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Accounts an additional $245 million for use and disbursement at the discretion of the Secretary of the Army. This number is not reflected in the figures in the chart below. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) program, encompassed in the Navy and Marine account, would see a $631 million, or 39 percent, cut in FY 2015. To see what Milcon projects—broken down by state and country—the House bill would fund in 2015, as compared to the president’s budget request, see page 70 and beyond of the committee report.

As for the VA, overall construction funding would remain the same in FY 2015 as they were in FY 2014 at $1.057 billion. However, as compared to FY 2014, the funds for FY 2015 would generally be evenly split between the primary two VA construction accounts. The VA’s Major Construction Account—for projects over $10 million—would increase from $342 million in FY 2014 to $561 million in FY 2015. The Minor Construction Account—for projects below $10 million—would decrease from $714 million in FY 2014 to $495 million in FY 2015. These House bill figures are identical to the president’s FY 2015 budget request.

For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at 703-837-5325 or christiansonj@agc.org. Return to Top

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2014 ELECTIONS
FL-19 Special Primary Election Results
 

Voters in southwest Florida went to polling places on Tuesday to nominate major party candidates in the preliminary process to replace resigned Rep. Trey Radel (R).  The Ft. Myers anchored seat is safely Republican so last night's GOP primary is likely definitive in determining who will succeed the deposed Congressman.

Businessman Curt Clawson, campaigning as "The Outsider," outpaced the Republican field of candidates with 38% of the vote, just as polling predicted.  State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto was second with 26%, while former state Rep. and congressional candidate Paige Kreegel attracted 25% and businessman Michael Dreikorn finished well behind with 11%. 

Mr. Clawson will now face public relations executive April Freeman in the June 24 special general election.  Ms. Freeman was unopposed in yesterday's Democratic primary.  But, in a district that voted for Mitt Romney in the 61st percentile and chose John McCain in 2008 with 57% of its votes, while never electing a Democratic representative, it appears that the Republican businessman is heir apparent to the seat.

The June winner serves the balance of the current term.  Just after entering the House, the new Congressman will almost immediately be placed on the regular 2014 primary ballot, occurring only two months into his or her congressional tenure.

Before the special general, however, comes the May 2 candidate filing deadline for the regular 2014 election.  It remains to be seen if any of the defeated Republican contenders file against Clawson after what will be such a short duration between elections.  Because of his victory margin, chances are high that Mr. Clawson will have an easy road to re-nomination and will be well positioned to win a full term in November.

Should Clawson ultimately claim victory, the Republican conference will grow to 234 members as compared to 199 Democrats and two vacancies.  The latter two districts will remain unfilled until the regular general election because governors in both North Carolina and New Jersey have scheduled those special elections concurrently with the regular midterm vote.  Reps. Mel Watt (D-NC-12) and Rob Andrews (D-NJ-1) resigned their seats earlier in the year to accept a federal appointment and a position in the private sector, respectively.  Democrats will retain both seats.

For more information, please contact David Ashinoff at (202) 547-5013 or ashinoffd@agc.org Return to Top

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AGC EVENTS
AGC 2014 Federal Contractors Conference Early Bird Discount EXTENDED One Week
Donít Miss out Ė Deadline Thursday, May 1
 

With the fiscal year 2014 budget in place and the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget released, federal agencies have a better understanding of the projects coming down the pipe. Many top federal agency leaders and their colleagues will discuss their plans at the 2014 AGC Federal Contractors Conference held June 10-12 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Will you be there to hear what they say and get a jump on the competition?

Among the federal agencies invited to attend with their construction representatives, including but not limited to, top generals and rear admirals, agency heads, head contracting policy officers, chief civil engineers, chiefs of construction, lead architects and BIM specialists, small business officers and more, are:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Military & Civil Works Programs)
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command Commander
  • Air Force Civil Engineer Center
  • General Services Administration
  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operations
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service

To register for and learn more about this conference, go to www.agc.org/fedcon. Register by May 1 to get the early bird discount and save $100.

For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at (703) 837-5325 or christiansonj@agc.org. Return to Top
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TCC Fly-In & AGC DOT Meetings: Find Out the Latest Washington Developments on Funding, Contracting, Innovation
June 10-11, 2014 | The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
 

AGC urges its members to participate in this year’s Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In and bring the message to Congress that: The Time is Now: Fix the Highway Trust Fund!  With the Highway Trust Fund projected to run short of cash as early as July 2014, slowing Federal reimbursements to state DOTs for ongoing contracts and the very real potential that there will be no federal funds available for new highway construction projects starting on Oct. 1, 2014 – Congress needs to hear from you.

The Hardhats for Highways campaign was organized to address these concerns. The TCC Fly-In is an ideal opportunity for you to join your construction industry allies to deliver your company hard hat to your Congressional delegation highlighting the number of jobs your company provides that will be impacted by the Highway Trust Fund insolvency.  A “Rally for Roads” will be held on the Washington Mall to get attention from the media about the highway funding dilemma.

In conjunction with the TCC Fly-In, AGC has scheduled meetings with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) modal agencies including the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Federal Railroad Administration.

Register today to participate in the AGC/DOT meetings and TCC Fly-In.

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

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Register for the AGC Summer Financial Issues Forum
 

The Summer 2014 AGC Financial Issues Forum (FIF) will be held June 19-20 in Washington, D.C.  The meeting is geared toward member company CEOs, CFOs, and other senior accounting professionals –forum attendees will have the opportunity to network and hear from tax experts and congressional representatives present on a wide variety of financial and accounting topics, including:

  • Update on FASB projects
  • Latest audit issues faced by construction companies
  • Construction tax issues
  • Congressional action on tax policy
  • An economic outlook for the industry

All events will be held at:

Westin Georgetown
2350 M St NW Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 429-0100 | www.westingeorgetown.com  

Be sure to make your hotel arrangements by Monday, May 12 to take advantage of AGC’s group rates.

For more information, please contact Brian Lenihan at (202) 547-4733 or lenihanb@agc.org Return to Top

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