Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org June 15, 2017
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TRANSPORTATION
Majority of House Members Want Highway Trust Fund Fix in Tax Reform
LABOR
AGC Meets with Labor Secretary Acosta
AGC Hosts OFCCP Contractor Compliance Meeting
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
AGC Meets with GSA Chief of Staff
REGULATORY
President Trump Takes Steps to Reform Project Permitting Process
ENVIRONMENT
Take a Look at What's on the Agenda for AGC's 2017 Environmental Conference
TRANSPORTATION
Majority of House Members Want Highway Trust Fund Fix in Tax Reform
Transportation Construction Coalition Helps Secure Support
 

This week, 253 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Democrat Richie Neal (D-Mass.) calling for a fix to the Highway Trust as part of any comprehensive tax reform proposal from the Ways & Means Committee.  AGC thanks all of our members as well as TCC members who contacted their Representatives through Hardhat for Highways, in-district visits and the TCC fly-in. 

AGC, along with our partners in the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), worked closely with the letter’s authors – Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Ranking Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia) – to help secure support from a majority of the Republicans (119) and the Democrats (134).

The letter was significant for many reasons including the fact that it sent a clear message that a majority of both House Republicans and Democrats want to see an end to general fund transfers that federal highway and transit programs have relied on since 2008 and, instead, are calling for any Highway Trust Fund solution that “entail[s] a long-term, dedicated, user-based revenue stream.”

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

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LABOR
AGC Meets with Labor Secretary Acosta
Prioritizes Workforce Training, Regulatory Reform
 

AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr and members of AGC’s Government Affairs staff met with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta this week to discuss working with him and the Trump Administration on workforce development, labor and employment issues, and regulatory reform. In advance of the meeting, AGC provided a list of Labor Department regulatory requirements that could be abandoned or modified to ease the regulatory burden on contractors and address the skills gap.

AGC’s hopes to work with the Labor Department on keeping American workers safe and healthy while stimulating economic growth and creating jobs. AGC identified ways to achieve these goals through regulatory reduction and streamlining, strengthening the symbiotic partnership between DOL and the construction industry and enhancing present regulatory compliance education and collaboration initiatives.

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

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AGC Hosts OFCCP Contractor Compliance Meeting
 

On June 14, AGC hosted a meeting between AGC members and officials from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). OFCCP requested the meeting for the purpose of identifying problems that construction contractors have in meeting affirmative action requirements related to recruiting and asking for suggestions to improve compliance assistance tools.

AGC facilitates these types of meetings to connect the federal agencies with the construction industry they are required to regulate. These are unique opportunities for AGC to help educate federal officials on how their rulemakings translate at the practical level and identify additional opportunities for partnership. AGC looks forward to continuing to work with the OFCCP and other federal agencies on behalf of its membership. 

AGC members interested in participating in future meetings with OFCCP may contact Claiborne Guy at claiborne.guy@agc.org or 703-837-5382. Return to Top

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FEDERAL CONTRACTING
AGC Meets with GSA Chief of Staff
Reduce Regulations, Increase Competition
 

On June 9, AGC met with Jack St. John, the Chief of Staff for the General Services Administration (GSA) and currently the agency’s highest ranking political appointee, to discuss the Agency’s current and future role and provide AGC guidance on improving GSA. Among the topics discussed, AGC encouraged GSA to continue to consolidate and reduce federal footprint and reduce short-term leased facilities. At the end of fiscal year 2015, the total domestic federal inventory of office and warehouse space was 705.4 million square feet, a 3.4 percent reduction from fiscal year 2012. Additionally, AGC suggested ways that GSA could improve their construction procurement process.

AGC also urged the agency to rescind their Project Labor Agreement (PLA) preference policy that gives additional points to contractor bids that include PLA’s. Of the major federal construction agencies, the GSA is the only one that includes a bid preference for construction services proposals that include a project labor agreement. AGC neither supports nor opposes contractors’ voluntary use of PLAs but strongly opposes any government mandates or preferences for contractors’ use of PLAs.

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

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REGULATORY
President Trump Takes Steps to Reform Project Permitting Process
Establishes New Office to Root Out Inefficiency
 

AGC of America brought Infrastructure Week to a close last Friday with President Donald Trump at the Transportation Department.  In his speech, President Trump criticized the red-tape associated with obtaining project permits and approvals, which can delay projects by a decade or more.  He signaled a new urgency to reform the permitting for infrastructure and announced a new office – housed within the Council for Environmental Quality – charged with modernizing and streamlining the process. The president also called for agencies to be held accountable for missing permitting deadlines. 

AGC has been leading the charge on permitting reform. Both Congress and the White House have turned to AGC for common-sense recommendations. AGC has delivered solutions to the White House, to the regulatory agencies, and in testimony and letters to Congress. 

For more information, contact Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org or (703) 837-5415. Return to Top

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ENVIRONMENT
Take a Look at What's on the Agenda for AGC's 2017 Environmental Conference
Join us on September 13 and 14 in Crystal City, Virginia
 

Explore management solutions, tools and technology, and best practices at AGC’s 2017 Construction Environmental Conference.  The 2017 CEC is about being prepared and having a plan in place to address environmental responsibilities during all phases of a project.  We will look at how environment compliance fits in with estimating, permitting, acquiring and closing out properties, common pitfalls during operations, and more. The 2017 CEC will also deliver current information you have come to expect on a wide range of environmental compliance topics, sustainability, and green infrastructure.

Registration is open.  Will you be joining us?  Go to http://meetings.agc.org/cec/ to take a look at the educational topics, register, and make your travel arrangements today!

For more information, contact Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org or (703) 837-5415. Return to Top

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