Construction Legislative Week in Review
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INFRASTRUCTURE
Tell Congress to Fund Infrastructure in Tax Reform
Executive Order Seeks to Expedite Infrastructure Projects
ELECTIONS
AGC-Supported Candidate in Alabama Special Election Goes to Run-Off
INFRASTRUCTURE
Tell Congress to Fund Infrastructure in Tax Reform
Contact your Representatives and Senators
 

As the Congressional August recess continues, the AGC-co-chaired Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) is asking you to reach out to your representative and senators and tell them to fix the Highway Trust Fund as part of tax reform and invest in transportation infrastructure. Congress does not return to Washington until Sept. 5 and we encourage all our members to use this time to meet with and email your members of Congress and tell them to include a permanent Highway Trust Fund fix as part of any tax reform or new infrastructure initiative.

The Hardhats for Highways site has additional information including a TCC background document and talking points for your visits.

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

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Executive Order Seeks to Expedite Infrastructure Projects
Rescinds Obama Order Opposed by AGC
 

This week President Trump issued an Executive Order entitled, “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects.” The Order includes several reforms such as establishing a “One Federal Decision” policy under which the lead federal agency works with other agencies to complete environmental reviews and permitting decisions needed for major infrastructure projects, requiring all decisions on Federal Permits be made within 90 days after an agency signs a Record of Decision (ROD), establishing a two-year goal for agencies to process environmental documents for major projects, and holding agencies accountable for failure to make timely environmental reviews and permitting decisions. These reforms are consistent with recommendations AGC provided the administration for improving the federal environmental review and permitting process.

Additionally, the order rescinds an Obama Executive Order, the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which expanded the definition of “floodplain” that all federal agencies must use – and all builders must follow – for all federally approved or funded projects.  AGC previously asked the Obama administration to repeal this Order when we presented them with our regulatory recommendations, “Making Federal Agencies Responsible Again”.

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

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ELECTIONS
AGC-Supported Candidate in Alabama Special Election Goes to Run-Off
 

Tuesday’s special Alabama Senate Republican primary sent former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and appointed Sen. Luther Strange (received AGC PAC support) to the September 26 run-off election. Judge Moore placed first, capturing 39 percent of the Republican primary vote and Sen. Strange garnered 33 percent and showed strength in the Birmingham area, though he lost substantially in Alabama’s southern region including the metropolitan areas of Montgomery, Mobile, and Dothan.

Judge Moore was twice elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, but removed in 2003 for disregarding a federal court order over the Ten Commandments and then suspended in 2016 for telling probate judges to continue enforcing the state's ban on same-sex marriage despite it being overturned in federal-level court rulings. He resigned from the court in April to run for the Senate.

Sen. Strange came to the Senate by way of appointment by then-Gov. Robert Bentley who later resigned following a criminal indictment. The newly appointed senator filled the vacant seat made available when then-Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as U.S. attorney general. Prior to the appointment, Sen. Strange was twice elected as Alabama’s attorney general.

Looking ahead, the run-off wild card may well be Rep. Mo Brooks’ (R-Huntsville) voters, where the primary’s third place finisher tallied 20 percent of the vote. Despite losing the Senate primary, the congressman announced that he would seek re-election to his House seat.

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

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