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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Melinda Tomaino at email@example.com.
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House Committee Advances Career and Technical Education Reform, AGC Calls for Swift Passage
Send a letter to Congress in Support of H.R. 2353
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
For more information, contact James Young firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 547-0133.
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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.
more information, contact Sean O’Neill at email@example.com or (202) 547-8892.
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AGC, Industry Allies Successful in Effort to Suspend FHWA Greenhouse Gas Measures
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 837-8892.
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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
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 email@example.com or (703) 837-5319.
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Tell Congress to Repeal Prior Approval
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.
more information, contact David Ashinoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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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
more information, contact Kevin Cannon at email@example.com or
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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
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.
more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
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