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INFRASTRUCTURE
House Members Continue to Push Highway Trust Fund Fix as Part of Tax Reform
Infrastructure Week is Right Around the Corner
ASSOCIATION ISSUES
Tell Congress to Repeal Prior Approval
INFRASTRUCTURE
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 (check 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 by contacting 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 support.

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.

The 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.

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

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Infrastructure Week is Right Around the Corner
 

AGC 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 oneills@agc.org or (202) 547-8892. Return to Top

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ASSOCIATION ISSUES
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 today.

For more information, contact David Ashinoff at ashinoffd@agc.org or (202) 547-5013. Return to Top

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