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. Please follow up your
meetings with an email to your House Representative, reminding them to focus on passing a long-term highway & transit
bill after the August recess.
As part of our efforts to urge Congress to pass the
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 837-5376.
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Trump Is Here to Stay….For Now, Says Prognosticator
The topic de jour of the national media, political
scientists, and pundits is Donald Trump. The bombastic businessman’s rise
in the polls has defied political logic and left many Washington insiders
puzzled. Conventional wisdom would dictate that the campaign was doomed
following Trump’s critical and unrefined remarks on immigrants, Sen. John
McCain’s (R-Ariz.), and Fox News anchor and GOP debate moderator Megyn
Kelly. However, RealClearPolitics polling average shows Mr. Trump leading
nationally as well as in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and
With a double digit lead in most of the polls, is it fair to
classify him as the GOP frontrunner? According to RealClearPolitics
Senior Elections Analyst Sean Trende, the answer is no. He wrote, “While
it is wrong to dismiss any analyst who takes Trump seriously, it is likewise
wrong – indeed it is probably morewrong – to look at polling today and conclude that Trump is the
favorite for the nomination. Being the frontrunner is about more than
just the polls – factors like fundraising and party support, do matter – and we
have plenty of examples of late summer/fall boomlets in primaries that
ultimately fall apart.”
Trende supports his assertion by noting that in the summers
of 2003, 2007, and 2011, polling showed different candidates leading than those
who went on to claim their party’s nomination. In 2003, then-Sen. Joe
Lieberman (D-Conn.) led the Democratic field with 18 percent, but lost to
then-Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). Four years later, then-Sen. Hillary
Clinton (D-N.Y.) and then-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani were atop their party’s
polls. Neither went on to win the nomination, losing out to then-Sen.
Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.). Finally in 2011,
then-Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) was ascending the polls having gone from 5
percent in June to 32 percent in September only to fall to former Gov. Mitt
Trende also wrote, “The point is, this is historically a
“shopping period” for primary voters. They try out different flavors, explore
their strengths and weaknesses, and . . . abandon them at the drop of a hat.”
While Trump enjoys a lead of 17-26 percent in national
polls, it is important to remember that three-quarters or more of Republicans
are picking someone else. With 16 other candidates in the race, the “Not
Trump” vote is easily diluted.
In the coming months the field will winnow itself down,
giving rise to a clearer front runner. This may happen sooner rather than later
with the recent revelations that Gov. Perry’s campaign has stopped paying its
staff. Trump holds a plurality of the vote now, but that may become very
difficult for him to sustain when voters, who are currently split, unite behind
a handful of candidates.
For more information, please contact David Ashinoff at email@example.com or (202) 547-5013.
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AGC Opposes NAVFAC-Mandated PLA
Recently, AGC sent a letter opposing the possible use of a
project labor agreement (PLA) mandate posted by the Naval Facilities
Engineering Command Washington (NAVFAC). The letter addresses the possible use
of mandatory PLA involving the construction of temporary medical facilities at
NSA Bethesda, Bethesda, Maryland.
AGC neither 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 selection process.
For more information please contact Jimmy Christianson
at 703-837-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Register for First Ever AGC Utility Infrastructure Conference at ICUEE
Deadline to Reserve Your Hotel Room is Fast Approaching
AGC will host its
first ever Utility Infrastructure Conference, Sept. 29–Oct. 1 in
Louisville, Kentucky. Join other contractors, owners and key industry
constituents involved in every aspect of utility infrastructure construction
for high-quality education sessions, the premier utility construction equipment
expo, and networking opportunities.
This year’s conference will be co-located
with the International
Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), which is the
largest industry event focused exclusively on the utility
infrastructure market, with over 17,000 industry professionals attending ICUEE
2013. All conference sessions will take place inside the Kentucky Exposition
Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
focus on subjects such as the utility construction economic outlook, the
challenges and opportunities in managing a multigenerational workforce, and how
OSHA’s new Confined Space
Entry final rule will impact utility construction contractors. AGC will also
host a legislative & regulatory update on the Expo Demo Stage and will
partner with the Common Ground Alliance for an Underground Damage Prevention
information, please visit meetings.agc.org/utility
or contact Scott Berry at email@example.com.
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Take Advantage of AGC Highway Contractors Conference Early Bird Rates: Register Today!
More Information at meetings.agc.org/highway
Get up-to-date information on
a variety of issues that will impact the highway and transportation
construction markets over the next year. The 2015 AGC Highway Contractors
will be held Nov. 5-7, 2015, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort
& Spa. Industry professionals from companies involved in building
highway, bridge, transit, airport runway and rail projects will benefit from
this conference. The conference will feature presentations and
discussions on major trends in highway construction, including:
- Washington Legislative & Regulatory Update
- State & Local Funding Initiatives
- Social Media in Advocacy
- Construction Technology
- Use of Drones in Construction
- Risk Management
more information, please visit meetings.agc.org/highway or
contact Brian Deery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Attend the 19th Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
Register Now and Save at meetings.agc.org/agc_cfma
Jointly sponsored by AGC and
the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), the 19th Annual
AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference will be held Nov. 4-6,
2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev. This three-day conference offers
programs and workshops designed specifically for financial professionals in the
construction industry. The 32 interactive sessions will cover the latest
industry issues and their financial implications.
Register by Friday, Sept. 4 for special “Early
Bird” discounts. Additional discounts are available for subsequent
registrations from the same firm. Participants may earn up to 20 continuing
professional education (CPE) credits for attending. For more information,
please visit meetings.agc.org/agc_cfma or contact Brynn
Huneke at email@example.com.
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Early Bird Registration Opens for Winter FIC Meeting
AGC has opened early-bird registration for the Winter 2016 AGC Financial Issues
Committee Meeting, which will
be held Jan. 13-14, 2016 at Gainey
Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. Meeting agenda and activities will be available
on the meeting website in the coming weeks.
The Financial Issues Committee works to identify key issues
developing in Tax, GAAP and Financial Leadership and advocate at AGC’s high level
of quality for policies, standards and education that benefit the betterment of
the construction industry. Approximately 40 member company CFOs and other
senior accounting professionals regularly attend the AGC Financial Issues
Committee meetings. The Committee is geared toward member company CFOs,
Controllers, Tax Directors and other senior accounting professionals – in which
attendees have an opportunity to learn as well as formulate positions on tax
and accounting matters that directly affect AGC member companies.
Meetings center around discussions with FASB reps,
practitioners, and financial officer breakout groups on topics including
enterprise risk management, project performance reviews and using technology in
operations or accounting functions. Attendees also have an opportunity to
network and discuss a wide variety of topics, including: audit issues faced by
construction companies; congressional action on tax policy; and an economic
outlook for the industry.
For more information
visit meetings.agc.org/fic or
contact Brian Lenihan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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