Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org April 14, 2016
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ENVIRONMENT
Contractor Input Needed for Draft 2017 Construction General Permit
LABOR
AGC Urges Passage of Healthcare HRA Legislation
TRANSPORTATION
AGC-Supported FAA Bill Close to Passage
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
How Long Do You Wait For Payment on Change Orders?
Register for Federal Contractors Conference
TAX
Tax Reform Remains Theoretical During House Hearing
ENVIRONMENT
Contractor Input Needed for Draft 2017 Construction General Permit
U.S. EPA Proposes Draft, Gives Short 45-Day Comment Period
 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on its proposed 2017 Construction General Permit, which authorizes stormwater discharge from construction sites. Although the Agency’s general permit directly applies in only a handful of states and territories, it serves as a national model for state-issued Construction General Permits.  AGC needs your help in crafting comments on how the proposed permit will significantly impact construction operations and overall environmental management on regulated construction sites.  Please provide any comments to Leah Pilconis at pilconisl@agc.org by May 6. AGC has prepared a discussion document to facilitate members’ input. 

Read more here.

For more information, please contact Leah Pilconis at pilconisl@agc.org or Scott Berry at berrys@agc.org Return to Top

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LABOR
AGC Urges Passage of Healthcare HRA Legislation
 

This week AGC joined over 60 national and multi-state organizations in requesting the House Ways & Means Committee to consider the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act.  The bill would allow small businesses with fewer than 50 employees to offer Health Reimbursements Arrangements (HRAs) to employees for the payment of premiums or qualified medical expenses associated with insurance coverage without facing an outrageous fine.

For more information, please contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or (202) 547-0133. Return to Top

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TRANSPORTATION
AGC-Supported FAA Bill Close to Passage
 

The Senate is moving towards a final bill reauthorizing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs. AGC supports the bill and sent a letter to the Senate highlighting the bill’s increased funding levels for the Airport Infrastructure Program (AIP), provisions related to drones and the creation of one size standard for businesses participating in the FAA’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.  Unfortunately, the bill does not include an AGC priority – increasing the Passenger Facility Charge – which would result in more airport infrastructure funding.  The current FAA authorization is operating under an extension until July 15. As the legislative process plays out, AGC will work to ensure the final FAA bill addresses the construction industry’s priorities.

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

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FEDERAL CONTRACTING
How Long Do You Wait For Payment on Change Orders?
Tell AGC by Completing its Change Order Survey
 

Change orders are a way of life on any construction projects. However, that is no excuse for federal agencies taking many months or even years to process and pay change orders.  Please complete this brief survey to help AGC gauge how bad the change order process is on your federal construction projects. All survey responses are anonymous and allow AGC to better articulate the problems you face when working for federal construction agencies.

To complete the survey, please click here.

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

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Register for Federal Contractors Conference
Space is Limited! Held May 9-11 in DC
 

Register for the 2016 AGC Federal Contractors Conference (FEDCON) before it’s too late. FEDCON—held May 10-11 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.—is the premier conference for federal construction contractors to discuss the latest projects, policies and contracting issues facing the industry with federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facility Engineering Command, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, General Services Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of State, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Bureau of Reclamation.

For more information and to register, go to http://meetings.agc.org/fedcon/ Return to Top

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TAX
Tax Reform Remains Theoretical During House Hearing
 

On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy held its second hearing on reform America’s tax code. At the hearing, Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Roger Williams (R-Texas) presented legislative proposals to reform the income-tax system so that it is fairer and simpler for taxpayers. AGC will continue to monitor these legislative proposals and promote reforms that provide clarity, simplicity and certainty for construction firms.

Rep. Goodlatte’s Tax Code Termination Act sets a “termination” date for the current tax code to hold policymakers accountable for delivering on comprehensive tax reform. The legislation has the support of over 130 members of Congress (including Chairman Kevin Brady), requires the existing tax system to sunset by the end of 2019, and instructs Congress to develop and approve a new federal tax system by July 4, 2019.

Rep. Williams discussed how his plan known as the Jumpstart America Act, would reform the current income-tax system with provisions such as:

  • Personal tax brackets cut to 20 percent and 30 percent
  • Corporate tax rate lowered to 20 percent
  • Repatriation tax holiday at 5 percent rate
  • Payroll tax cut for employers and employees of 2 percent
  • Cuts the Capital Gains and Dividends tax to 15 percent
  • Eliminates the Inheritance tax
  • Makes bonus depreciation permanent at a 100 percent level

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

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