Construction Legislative Week in Review
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TRANSPORTATION
Use August Recess to Tell Your Congressman: Finish Work on Highway & Transit Bill
2016 ELECTIONS
First Republican Presidential Debate Kicks Off Tonight
LABOR
Please Respond to Survey of AGC Members on Proposed Federal Overtime Rule
ENVIRONMENT
Clean Water Act Issues on AGC’s Watch List
TRANSPORTATION
Use August Recess to Tell Your Congressman: Finish Work on Highway & Transit Bill
AGC Member Videos Highlight Message
 
 
With the Senate completing action on a six-year transportation reauthorization bill before the August recess, focus has shifted to the House. The House has indicated that they will work on their version of a long-term highway & transit bill when they return to Washington after Labor Day. Use your Congressman’s time in the state to meet with them on the importance of passing a long-term, fully funded transportation bill.  Resources to help you schedule meetings can be found on the Hardhats for Highway “Meet with Congress” page.
 
As part of our efforts to urge Congress to pass a long-term, fully funded highway and transit bill, AGC of America has developed a new video of contractors and construction workers calling on Congress to “stop kicking the can.”  To help spread the message, please also email this video to your members of Congress and share through social media.  It is important that all members of the House of Representatives hear from their constituents about the need to complete action on a six-year bill.

For more information, talking points and additional social media materials, please visit Hardhats for Highways or contact Brynn Huneke at brynn.huneke@agc.org or (703) 837-5376. 
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2016 ELECTIONS
First Republican Presidential Debate Kicks Off Tonight
 

Fox News and Facebook, in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, will kick off the first presidential debate in Cleveland tonight at 9 p.m. EDT.  The huge Republican field puts Fox News and the other media outlets sponsoring debates in a difficult situation because the logistics of managing a 17-candidate forum are quite unwieldy.

As a result, the network has limited this debate to the top 10 candidates selected from an average of the five most recent national polls.  Making the cut for primetime debate in order of polling strength are: businessman Donald Trump, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Scott Walker, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie, and Gov. John Kasich. 

The seven other candidates – former Sen. Rick Santorum, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Gov. George Pataki, and former Gov. Jim Gilmore - will instead be featured in a 5 p.m. EDT debate.

Moderating the main event will be Fox anchors Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, and Brett Baier.  Due to the high number of participants, there will be no opening statements and candidates will have one minute to answer direct questions.

The second debate will take place at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA next month followed by ten more throughout the rest of 2015 and into the first few months of 2016.

The Democratic Party has said that there will be six debates, but have announced no specifics yet. 

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

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LABOR
Please Respond to Survey of AGC Members on Proposed Federal Overtime Rule
 

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division announced proposed changes to the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. If implemented, the proposed rule would increase the salary threshold for the executive, administrative and professional exemptions from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to a 2016 level of $970 per week ($50,440 per year). The threshold for highly compensated employees would also increase from $100,000 per year to $122,148 per year. Both thresholds would be adjusted annually based on one of two proposed methods. Although the Wage and Hour Division did not propose any changes to the duties tests, it strongly indicated consideration of changes and requested comments on possible changes.

We need your help as AGC prepares to draft its response to the proposed rule on behalf of the non-residential construction industry. To ensure that we are accurately depicting the impact this rule will have on your company, please take a few moments to complete this survey. 

Click here to complete the survey by August 7th. 

For questions, contact Tamika Carter at cartert@agc.org or Jim Young at youngj@agc.org. Return to Top

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ENVIRONMENT
Clean Water Act Issues on AGC’s Watch List
We’ve Got Them Covered at the 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference!
 

On Sept. 2-3 right outside of the nation’s capital, AGC’s 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference will bring together top officials from the federal government to discuss national Clean Water Act (CWA) issues that will impact construction work in every state.

Clickhere to register now and you’ll get face-time with agency leaders such as: (1) the team responsible for implementing the new “Waters of the U.S.” rule, (2) the point-person on construction stormwater policy and the Construction General Permit reissuance, (3) the author of the new national e-reporting requirements and leader in making “big data” transparent, and (4) the champion and catalyst on water quality trading.

In addition to CWA issues, government representatives will be presenting on climate, incremental sampling, prevention through design, and green building codes.  Several other program offices also will be on hand at a special "meet and greet" during the conference to answer your questions.

If compliance is part of your job responsibility, AGC’s 2015 CEC won’t disappoint.  In addition to government speakers, industry experts will present on such topics as endangered species, pollution liability, drones, work in sensitive areas, and what general contractors need to know about asbestos, lead and PCBs.

To join us for AGC’s 2015 CEC go to http://meetings.agc.org/cec to see the full agenda and register. Return to Top

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