Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org February 23, 2017
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SAFETY/HEALTH
Legislation Advances to Rollback OSHA Rule Extending Statute of Limitations for Recordkeeping Violations
ADVOCACY
AGC of America Launches New Advocacy Website
ENVIRONMENT
Pruitt Confirmed as New EPA Administrator
TRANSPORTATION
TCC Fly-In/State Funding Workshop Scheduled
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Share Your Experiences on Change Orders on Federal Construction
SAFETY/HEALTH
Legislation Advances to Rollback OSHA Rule Extending Statute of Limitations for Recordkeeping Violations
Contact your Members of Congress and Help Us to Repeal this OSHA Rule
 

This week, legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to block an OSHA rule that would allow OSHA to issue citations for recordkeeping violations beyond the current six month limit, up to five and a half years. This expansion of the statute of limitations from six months to five and a half years exposes employers to unfair liability for honest and inadvertent paperwork mistakes related to recordkeeping. Please contact your federal elected officials and urge them to support repeal of this burdensome rule.

The December 2016 rule was issued in response to a federal court ruling that OSHA could no longer issue citations beyond the six month statute of limitation window. The rule is often referred to as the “Volks” rule after the construction company that successfully challenged the rule in court in 2012. Prior to the bill’s introduction, a broad representation of 73 employer organizations joined AGC in a letter urging Congress to swiftly disapprove of the Volks Rule.

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

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ADVOCACY
AGC of America Launches New Advocacy Website
Visit Advocacy.AGC.org
 

Designed specifically for AGC member companies and their employees, the new website will make it extremely easy to communicate with federal and state officials, as well as take action on urgent legislative and regulatory alerts.

Visitors can effortlessly navigate the website to find information on: ‘

  • Voting records for your members of Congress
  • Important construction-related legislation
  • Registering to vote
  • AGC Political Action Committee (AGC PAC)
  • Construction Advocacy Fund
  • Latest construction news involving Congress and the Administration

While AGC is excited that this website will serve as a valuable advocacy tool, you – our members – remain our strongest advocacy resource. 

For more information, contact David Ashinoff at ashinoffd@agc.org or Brynn Huneke at brynn.huneke@agc.org Return to Top

ENVIRONMENT
Pruitt Confirmed as New EPA Administrator
 

On Feb. 17, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, after contentious debate and on a 52-46 vote that fell largely along party lines.  Pruitt addressed EPA staff for the first time in his official capacity earlier this week, expressing the need for the agency to follow the “rule of law” and to bring regulatory clarity to businesses. Although he did not go into detail in his remarks, he also signaled an interest in partnering with states through federalism.

At this point, we are not clear on the specifics of President Trump’s plans for environmental policy. It has been widely reported in the press that Trump will issue significant new executive orders now that Pruitt is installed at EPA.  For his part, Pruitt made it clear during his appointment process that he plans to fulfill President Trump’s campaign promises to focus on “job-killing” regulations, and has focused on the Clean Power Plan and Waters of the US regulations specifically. One point where Pruitt has signaled bipartisanship is his vocal support for the Agency’s water & wastewater infrastructure mission. This comes on the heels of the Trump campaign’s promise to triple the funding for the State Revolving Loan Fund programs.

AGC supports AG Pruitt’s appointment and will work with him to promote a pro-construction agenda at EPA.

For more information, please contact Scott Berry at berrys@agc.org or Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org Return to Top

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TRANSPORTATION
TCC Fly-In/State Funding Workshop Scheduled
Register Today
 

2017 could be the year of infrastructure in Washington, D.C. President Trump highlighted rebuilding infrastructure during his campaign, again on election night, and as part of his inaugural address. Additionally, both the House and Senate have already held hearings to highlight infrastructure issues.  As we await details about the Trump Infrastructure Initiative, one thing is clear, the construction industry’s involvement into its development and enactment by Congress is vitally important to its success. The 16th Annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Legislative Fly-In, scheduled for May 17-18, 2017 is well-timed to provide an opportunity for that input.

Join hundreds of other industry leaders in delivering the construction industry’s message on Capitol Hill in May. As part of the Fly-In, AGC has scheduled a one day workshop on Elements of a Successful State Funding Campaign.

The agenda will cover:

  • AGC Chapter Successes in Getting a Funding Increase enacted
  • How to Utilize Social Media to Reach the Broadest Audience
  • Use of Digital Advertising for Cost Effective Outreach
  • Generating\Utilizing Traditional Media
  • How does TRIP fit into State Campaigns
  • What economic Data is Helpful in Your Campaign

For more information and to register visit www.agc.org/tcc_fly-in or contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org Return to Top

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FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Share Your Experiences on Change Orders on Federal Construction
Take a Five Minute Survey
 

Are you wondering what sort of issues your colleagues in the construction industry go through for change orders when dealing with federal construction projects? Consider participating in the Change Orders Survey. AGC is working with the National Association of Credit Management and the Construction Industry Procurement Coalition to investigate the causes, effects and control measures of change orders on federal construction projects. With your valuable input, the information gleaned from this anonymous survey will be shared with participants in future AGC articles and will be used by the participating associations to pursue legislative and executive branch solutions to change order challenges.

For more information, contact Jordan Howard at jordan.howard@agc.org or (703) 837-5368. Return to Top

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