Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org May 18, 2017
Spacer
AGC Home Page
Email our Editor
Search Back Issues
Forward to a Friend
Subscribe
Printer Friendly
AGC Political Toolkit
RSS
Take Action!
On the Inside
ENVIRONMENT
AGC Provides Regulatory Reduction Suggestions to EPA
LABOR
House Committee Advances Career and Technical Education Reform, AGC Calls for Swift Passage
TRANSPORTATION
House Members Continue to Push Highway Trust Fund Fix as Part of Tax Reform
AGC, Industry Allies Successful in Effort to Suspend FHWA Greenhouse Gas Measures
Highway & Transportation Contractors Descend on Capitol Hill for the Annual TCC Fly-In
ASSOCIATION ISSUES
Tell Congress to Repeal Prior Approval
SAFETY
OSHA to Propose Extending July 1 Due Date for Submitting Electronic Injury and Illness Records
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Congress Takes Notice of Change Orders Delays
ENVIRONMENT
AGC Provides Regulatory Reduction Suggestions to EPA
 

Per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request, AGC provided 30 pages of comprehensive and detailed recommendations for EPA’s regulatory evaluation in line with recent executive orders and presidential initiatives. In its submissions, AGC highlights the regulatory burden the construction industry bears and offers specific program modifications and solutions relating to water issues, oil spills prevention and preparedness, air and climate issues, lead-based paint issues, contaminated sites and liability, as well as compliance and enforcement initiatives.  To view the complete set of AGC submissions to EPA, click here, here and here.

For more information, contact Leah Pilconis at pilconsl@agc.org or Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org Return to Top

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
LABOR
House Committee Advances Career and Technical Education Reform, AGC Calls for Swift Passage
Send a letter to Congress in Support of H.R. 2353
 

This week the House Committee on Education and the Workforce advanced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which would reform career and technical education. Please contact your U.S. representative and urge them to support this legislation which aligns programs with local employer needs, includes better reporting, increases work-based learning, promotes industry-recognized credentials and increases federal investment.

The bill is similar to legislation that passed in the House last Congress but failed to advance through the Senate. AGC remains hopeful the legislation will again pass the House later this year and that the Senate will follow suit and approve the bipartisan effort. AGC joined the Jobs and Careers Coalition and a multi-industry effort in advocating for the bill this week.

The bill is important to the construction industry because it authorizes funding for career and technical education programs, providing more than $1 billion annually to high schools and post-secondary vocational training programs. The bill was last authorized over a decade ago, and it no longer addresses the skills gap in today’s workforce. The greater flexibility to states on how they spend their allotments, the new performance metrics and the alignment of programs with other education and workforce training legislation will streamline federal programs. Similar to other education and workforce training programs, the success of the program rests on how it is ultimately implemented and how well employers collaborate and engage with educators in their local and state communities.

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

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
TRANSPORTATION
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 TOMORROW
 

A bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives are circulating a letter asking House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Democrat Richard Neal (Mass.) to fix the Highway Trust Fund as a part of any tax reform package the committee considers.Contact your representative and urge them to sign this 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).  As of press time, 156 members of the House have signed onto the Graves/Holmes Norton letter (check to see if your representatives has signed on).

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. 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.

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

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
AGC, Industry Allies Successful in Effort to Suspend FHWA Greenhouse Gas Measures
 

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will announce in tomorrow’s Federal Register that it will indefinitely suspend portions of a rule requiring states to develop performance measurements for tracking Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for federal-aid highway projects.  The suspension of the rule is a significant victory for AGC and our industry allies who fought the GHG rule that was issued in the waning days of the Obama Administration.

AGC questioned FHWA’s authority to issue the rule at the time and had asked Transportation Secretary Chao to consider rescinding it as the regulation goes beyond requirements outlined in the surface transportation authorization legislation, MAP-21. AGC will continue to monitor this issue, as the Federal Register notice stated that FHWA will be publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the “coming week” pertaining the GHG measure.

For more information, contact Sean O’Neill at oneills@agc.org or (703) 837-8892. Return to Top

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Highway & Transportation Contractors Descend on Capitol Hill for the Annual TCC Fly-In
 

More than 400 transportation industry executives participated in the 16th Annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Legislative Fly-In, held this week in Washington, D.C. Several key Congressional leaders addressed the group including House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Senate EPW Committee Chairman Barrasso (R-Wyo.). Both indicated that they are waiting to see a proposal from the Trump Administration on infrastructure investment before making a commitment on moving legislation. TCC participants went to Capitol Hill asking their representatives to sign a letter sponsored by T&I Highway Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia) to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) asking that fixing the Highway trust Fund be a component in tax reform.

AGC held separate meetings that included briefings from House and Senate staff from the tax writing committees and a report from a Department of Transportation special assistant for infrastructure. AGC also held a pre-Fly-In workshop to help chapters mount successful state and local funding initiatives. Experts gave presentations on the use of social media, digital advertising and traditional media for cost effective outreach. The workshop also highlighted successful chapter campaigns, and provided information on how to include TRIP reports and effectively use economic data in your campaign. 

For more information, contact Brian Deery atdeeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319. Return to Top

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
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

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
SAFETY
OSHA to Propose Extending July 1 Due Date for Submitting Electronic Injury and Illness Records
 

On May 17, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the agency’s intent to extend the deadline for contractors to submit their injury and illness data.  The update does not provide any specifics as to how long the extension will be or when the official proposal will be issued. The revised regulation – Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses –  initially required contractors to submit information from their Form 300A to OSHA electronically by July 1, 2017, which would then be posted to the OSHA website for public access.    AGC will continue to monitor the status of any further updates on the rule as they become available. 

For more information, contact Kevin Cannon at cannonk@agc.org or (703) 837-5410. Return to Top

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Congress Takes Notice of Change Orders Delays
AGC-Supported Bill Encourages Transparency; Hearing Next Week
 

Earlier this month, Congressman Don Bacon (R-Neb.) introduced the “Small Business Know-Before-You-Bid Construction Transparency Act of 2017, H.R. 2350, which would require federal agencies to publish their change orders policy and procedures on any small federal construction contract. This requirement will provide prospective federal construction contractors with the information they need to factor the risk and cost of delayed payment for change orders prior to submitting bids or offers to the federal government. Next Thursday, AGC members Ed DeLisle and Andy Brown will testify before the House Small Business Committee on change order delays and the impacts they have on federal construction contractors.

AGC is at the forefront in advocating for greater accountability of the change order process among the different federal agencies. In March, the House of Representative’s Small Business Committee requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a review of the use of change orders on federal construction contracts. This bipartisan request was a direct result of AGC’s efforts with both parties in Congress to address the many issues associated with change orders.

AGC has previously called on the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council to improve the data federal agencies collect regarding the administration of change orders in response to the Council’s information request. AGC’s recommendations would require federal agencies to collect a range of data regarding the timeliness of action by the contracting officer (CO) to encourage greater CO accountability.  

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

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook

AGC Townhouse, 53 D Street SE • Washington, DC 20003 • 202.547.1625 (phone) • 202.547.1635 (fax)• www.agc.org
AGC Home | About AGC | Advocacy | Industry Topics | Construction Markets | Programs & Events | Career Development | News & Media

To ensure delivery of AGC’s Construction Legislative Week in Review, please add 'communications@agc.org' to your email address book or Safe Sender List. If you are still having problems receiving our communications, visit our white-listing page for more details.

© Copyright The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. All Rights Reserved.