House Members Continue to Push Highway Trust Fund Fix as Part of Tax Reform
Tell your Rep. to Sign Bipartisan Letter in Support of Long-Term Fix – DEADLINE MAY 19
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 a permanent Highway Trust
Fund fix to be included in any tax reform package. If you recall,
Representatives Graves and Holmes Norton circulated a similar letter last year
here to see if your Rep. signed the 2016 letter) that was signed by 130
bipartisan members of the House. Help us to significantly increase that number
your Representative and asking them to sign
on to the letter. So far, 111 members of the House have signed onto this
year’s letter. See if your member has signed on and, if so, send
an email thanking them for their
Attendees at next week’s TCC Fly-In will be bringing
this message to Capitol Hill and urging their House representative to sign onto
the Graves/Holmes Norton letter. In addition to signing the Graves/Holmes Norton
letter, attendees will also be asking their members of Congress to fully fund
the FAST Act’s authorized levels for FY 2018 and increase airport
infrastructure investment as part of the FAA authorization.
The FAST ACT provides funding certainty for
the Highway Trust Fund through fiscal year 2020. However, following the
FAST Act's expiration, the Highway Trust Fund will face cuts of approximately
$18 billion per year. A permanent fix for the Highway Trust Fund needs to
be found in order to eliminate these cuts.
letter – which 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) – is asking House Ways & Means Committee Chairman
Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Democrat Richard Neal (Mass.) to fix the
Highway Trust Fund in any tax reform package that the committee considers.
more information, contact Sean O’Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 547-8892.
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Infrastructure Week is Right Around the Corner
of America is once again one helping to support and promote Infrastructure Week
– a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American
businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens around the message
#TimeToBuild. Next week – May 15-19, 2017 – advocates around the country
will highlight the state of our nation’s infrastructure and encourage lawmakers
to invest in and modernize our roads, bridges, highways, airports, waterways,
ports, and water systems.
AGC of America will be engaged in a social media campaign
during the week to help educate the broader public and Congress about the many
benefits of investing in our aging infrastructure. In addition, all AGC chapters and member
firms can sign up to become Affiliates of Infrastructure Week. All Affiliates have access to a number of downloadable resources, including
suggested social media content, template press release, template op-ed/blog
post and a message guide. In addition,
there are already a number of activities taking place in cities
around the country during Infrastructure Week. Please feel free to reach out to
the groups organizing those events to participate.
For more information,
contact Sean O’Neill at email@example.com or (202) 547-8892.
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Tell Congress to Repeal Prior Approval
Contact your U.S. representative to urge them to support the repeal of the
burdensome prior approval requirement by co-sponsoring H.R. 2101 – the Prior
Approval Reform Act. This legislation would repeal the prior approval
requirement that discriminates against corporate-member trade association PACs,
like AGC PAC.
Under the Federal
Election Campaign Act, your company is required to grant written approval to
AGC PAC if individuals on the administrative/executive team would like to learn
more about the PAC and/or be solicited to contribute. No other political
entity, including corporate, labor union, and individual membership association
PACs, is subject to the prior approval requirement.
AGC members have a
constitutional right to join together in support of or in opposition to
candidates for political office. Requiring prior approval discourages AGC
members from participating in the national association's PAC, and creates an
unequal playing field that restricts First Amendment rights to free speech. Help
us repeal this burdensome requirement. Please contact your representative and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 2101
For more information, contact David Ashinoff
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 547-5013.
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