Tell your Representative to Sign Bipartisan Letter Supporting a Long-Term Highway Trust Fund Fix
As the push
continues for Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund, a bipartisan group of
members of the House of Representatives are circulating a
letter calling for including a permanent Highway Trust Fund fix in
any future tax reform package. Contact your representative and ask
them to sign the letter.
is being circulated by Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on
Highways and Transit Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Ranking Democrat Eleanor
Holmes Norton (District of Columbia). The Representatives are asking House Ways
& Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Democrat
Sander Levin (Mich.).
For more information, please contact Sean
O’Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202)
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AGC Takes Stance against Mandatory Online Reporting of Construction Site Stormwater Management Plans
Contractor Input Needed; Association Preparing to Comment on EPA’s Draft Permit by May 26 Deadline
As previously reported by AGC, the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment on
its draft 2017 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Construction General Permit (CGP) until May 26. AGC has taken numerous actions
over the last several weeks to inform the EPA staff of AGC’s main concerns with
the agency’s proposed draft, but more input from the construction industry
would be helpful to shape the final rule. The paramount concern is the
possible addition of a brand-new requirement that would make construction site
“operators” publicly report (via an Internet post) their construction
stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs). Please use AGC’s draft discussion document to share your concerns with EPA by the
May 26 comment deadline. Although EPA’s CGP directly applies in only a handful of
states and territories, it serves as a national model for state-issued CGPs.
AGC is very
concerned by EPA’s attempt to “add on” electronic SWPPP reporting – in the
midst of an already insufficient 45-day comment period on the draft 2017 CGP.
As AGC has explained to EPA, the published SWPPP data would be “stale” as
soon as it hits the Web, which would confuse the general public, subject the
construction sector to unfair scrutiny, and lead to unsubstantiated citizen
complaints (or, even worse, frivolous lawsuits). All of this will, in
turn, force needless government inspections and thwart construction work,
including critical infrastructure improvements that are necessary to
environmental gains – wasting government’s limited resources and taxpayer
dollars. AGC is building a strong case against online SWPPPs – and is
working closely with the homebuilders and other real estate and development
request for an extension of the CGP comment period was denied. AGC and
others continue to stress that it will be difficult for industry stakeholders
to carefully examine and reach consensus on viable alternatives to many
contentious CGP revisions under consideration, including how SWPPPs for
thousands of construction sites across the United States are collected by the
government and then shared with – and used by – the public at large.
more details on the proposal here.
For more information, please contact AGC’s
Leah Pilconis at email@example.com.
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AGC Federal Contractors Descend on DC
Federal Agencies Make Significant Announcements
federal construction contractors descended on Washington, D.C., this week to
meet with major federal construction agencies and members of Congress at the
AGC Federal Contactors Conference. Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Air Force Civil Engineer
Center, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, Bureau
of Reclamation and Natural Resources Conservation Service participated, with several
agencies making significant announcements about their respective programs.
and the VA both discussed implementing the law requiring VA construction
projects over $100 million to be executed by another federal owner. They
revealed that USACE will execute 14 VA construction projects at various stages
of design and construction completion levels over the next several years. In
addition, the VA noted that it is implementing all of AGC’s
suggested improvements to their construction program that the
association recommended during a meetinglast year with VA Secretary Robert McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan
Gibson. Additionally, GSA announced major acquisition reform for the Public
Building Service that will reduce procurement times. The agency will roll out
this initiative on its FY 2016, $1 billion courthouse construction program.
and other information from the conference will be made available to registrants
early next week.
For more information, please contact Jimmy
Christianson at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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TCC Fly-In Calls for Highway Trust Fund Fix
joined our industry partners in the 15th Annual Transportation Construction
Coalition (TCC) Fly-In to bring the industry’s message to Congress. While there
was much good feeling from the over 400 participants this year because past
efforts successfully delivered a five-year, fully funded FAST Act in December
2015, reality tempered the positive theme of the meeting because of the realization
that the job is not quite done.
Steve Sandherr opened the legislative briefing portion
of the meeting by pointing out that the FAST Act funding was only possible
because Congress transferred $70 billion to the Highway Trust Fund from general
fund accounts. This was the latest transfer resulting in over $144 billion in
non-user fee revenue supporting transportation investments since 2008.
When the FAST Act expires in 2020, Congress will need to find a minimum
additional $107 billion in new revenue just to maintain current funding levels.
Sandherr pointed out that as entitlement spending grows over that time and
interest on the debt balloons, there will be little funds available in the
future to shore up the trust fund. Members took this message to Capitol Hill
and asked House of Representatives to sign onto a letter to the Ways and Means Committee
chairman and ranking member to get to work on providing the revenue necessary
to meet future transportation investment needs.
also participated in briefings from Federal highway Administration (FHWA)
representatives, including the newly appointed Deputy Administrator David Kim
who reported on FAST Act implementation, Buy America requirements,
e-construction, local hire requirements, new partnering initiatives and bridge
For more information, please contact Brian
Deery at email@example.com or (703)
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