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FEDERAL FUNDING
Billions of Dollars for Construction in FY 2018 Funding Bill
 
On March 21, congressional leaders unveiled a funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2018 that includes at least $10 billion in additional infrastructure investment—compared to FY 2017 and promised in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018—for roads, bridges, mass transit, airports, ports, flood control, drinking water and waste water facilities, military construction, low income housing construction and more. To view summaries of the various pieces of this legislation, click here and here Read More
Transportation Funding Boosted in FY 2018 Funding Bill
 
The FY 2018 federal government funding bill includes AGC-backed increases in investment for highway, transit and aviation construction. The bill largely provides funding at FAST Act-authorized levels from the Highway Trust Fund. In addition, the bill appropriates $4.4 billion from the general fund for programs that already receive trust fund dollars.  Read More
Good News for Direct Federal Contractors in FY 2018 Funding Bill
 
The FY 2018 federal government funding bill provides good news for direct federal contractors.  Specifically, Army, Navy and Air Force military construction accounts would each see increases under the proposal compared to the previous fiscal year. The funding bill provides a total of $10.1 billion – an increase of $2.4 billion or roughly a 31 percent – for military construction over FY 2017 levels.  The bill also provides $1.4 billion to fund construction and maintenance for military family housing.  Read More
TRADE
Commerce Department Publishes Exclusion Process Procedures for Steel and Aluminum Products
AGC Joins Coalition to Help Mitigate Effects of Tariffs on the Construction Industry
 
On March 19, the Department of Commerce published its exclusion process procedures (interim final rule) for steel and aluminum tariffs. The Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security will collect comments on the interim final rule until May 18, and the Bureau’s website provides more information about the steel and aluminum exclusion/objection process, as well as links to downloadable forms. Companies will need to consider both commenting on the rule (so as to address issues with the Department’s procedures) and submitting exclusions requests in a prompt fashion. The new duties go into effect on March 23.  Read More
SAFETY
Safety Management Training Course | April 4 - 6, 2018 | Pawtucket, RI
 
The AGC Safety Management Training Course provides attendees three days of training on the basic skills needed to manage a company safety program in the construction industry.  Read More

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