AGC-Backed $9 Billion Senate Water Infrastructure Bill Poised for Action
AGC-supported, $9 billion water infrastructure bill is poised for action in the
Senate next week. This bill is the Senate’s version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, and it would authorize funding
for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects, including dredging,
locks, levees, hydropower dams, parks, and water supply.
the Senate WRDA bill: creates a Clean Water Trust Fund, a longtime AGC priority; State Revolving Fund and Water Infrastructure
Financing and Innovation Act funding for cities with declared lead in water
emergencies (like Flint, Mich.); reauthorizes sewer overflow control grants;
provides new funding for technical assistance to small treatment plants;
ensures Safe Drinking Water Act compliance assistance for small disadvantaged
communities; reauthorizes funding for desalination; and provides assistance for
low-income residents when replacing lead service lines to homes.
outlook in the Senate is optimistic for a WRDA vote next week and for passage,
the House has yet to bring up its version of WRDA
after it passed out of committee. AGC will continue to pursue passage of WRDA
in both the House and Senate and fight for all AGC priorities in the bill through to its signature by the
For more information, contact
Scott Berry at (703) 837-5321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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House Expected to Vote on Career and Technical Education Reforms
TAKE ACTION: Contact Elected Officials in Support of Perkins Reauthorization
the House is expected to vote on legislation that would make critical reforms
and improvements to the Perkins Act, the primary federal funding and policy
source for career and technical education (CTE) programs. The legislation expected
to be considered, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st
better aligns programs, improves reporting, increases work-based learning,
promotes industry-recognized credentials and increases federal investment.
supports the legislation and views it as a vital component to addressing the
construction industry workforce shortage. A September 2016 AGC Workforce Shortage Surveyshowed that 75
percent of AGC contractors polled viewed
the current quality of programs like CTE as “fair” or “poor,” while only
14 percent rated them as either “good” or “excellent.”
continues to work on their own legislation, and any differences between the
House and Senate versions must be resolved before the legislation becomes law.
AGC remains hopeful that an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in the House will
spur the Senate to act before the end of the year. For more information, please contact Jim Young at (202)
547-0133 or email@example.com.
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AGC Provides More Information on Final Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation
TAKE ACTION: Urge Congress to Block Application of this EO
of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Executive Order (EO)
coming into effect on Oct. 25, AGC held an in-depth webinar on the more than 850 pages of regulatory text that will
expose direct federal contractors to additional sanctions and liability for
their labor law violations, among other things. A recording of that
webinar and the presentation can be accessed here and here. A detailed AGC analysis of the
regulations can be accessed here. AGC members are encouraged to contact their U.S.
Representative and Senators
to support AGC legislative efforts to block the implementing regulations for
As it stands, AGC-backed
the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act—a bill
passed 54 consecutive years that helps fund the Department of Defense
(DOD)—would generally prohibit application of the EO and its implementing
regulations on DOD contracts and most DOD contractors. AGC and its industry
coalition allies are working to extend that restriction to all federal
contracts and contractors government-wide. AGC is also part of an employer-wide
coalition that is currently reviewing possible legal options to blocking
implementation of this rule.
While AGC will continue its efforts
to combat this EO on the legislative and legal fronts, AGC members must plan
accordingly in the event these regulations come into effect. AGC will post
updates and analysis of this rule on our website: http://www.agc.org/blacklisting.
information, contact Jimmy Christianson at 703-837-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AGC Opposes USACE-Mandated Project Labor Agreements
This month, AGC sent letters opposing the possible use of
a project labor agreement (PLA) mandate posted by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers for construction projects at the Seymour
Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
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 as such, believes the lawful labor relations policies
and practices of private construction contractors should not be a factor in a
government agency’s selection process.
view AGC efforts opposing government mandated PLAs, click here.
For more information, please contact
Jordan Howard at email@example.com
or (703) 837-5368.
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