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FEDERAL FUNDING
Feds to Invest $139 Billion in Construction for FY 2018
Federal Construction Agencies to Discuss How to Spend Over $50 Billion on Projects
TRADE
Countries Win Last-Hour Tariff Exemptions, But Only Temporarily
AGC EVENTS
TCC Fly-In May 15-16 Registration Open
FEDERAL FUNDING
Feds to Invest $139 Billion in Construction for FY 2018
How Much Funding will go to Your Construction Markets?
 

At AGC’s urging, Congress invested $18.5 billion (15 percent) more in FY 2018 federal construction accounts than FY 2017 as part of the federal government funding bill enacted March 23. The funding measure allocates a total of $139 billion for a wide range of construction investment (click here for a breakdown of federal construction accounts).  This funding comes in addition to the at least $21 billion (see chart here) allocated for disaster aid construction projects enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act in February.   

About half of that $139 billion figure—$69 billion—goes to highway and transportation construction; $10 billion for various military construction accounts and $6 billion for Army Corps Civil Works programs; $7 billion for low-income housing and development programs; and $4 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Congress also funded $1.6 billion for pre-Trump administration border fence projects. The bill language essentially bars the president from using the funds toward construction of a border wall or using the wall prototypes constructed outside of San Diego.

To find state and project specific funding information for direct federal agency projects (not state departments of transportation projects), construction contractors can turn to the various explanatory statements—listed here—of the various parts of the 2,232 page funding bill. Within those explanatory texts is a wealth of information detailing project specific funding, often by state.

For more information, contact Jimmy Christianson at christiansonj@agc.org Return to Top

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Federal Construction Agencies to Discuss How to Spend Over $50 Billion on Projects
AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference; May 1-3 in Pentagon City, VA.
 

With more than $50 billion enacted for direct federal construction agencies as part of the FY 2018 government funding bill, contractors attending the AGC Federal Contractors Conference will have the first opportunity to hear from eight major construction agencies about projects they plan to fund and solicitations they plan to issue before September 30 and beyond. Register today for this event so your competition doesn’t get a jump on you and the next solicitation to hit the street.   

Interested, but want to know more about possible topics of discussion? Click on the agency below to see our draft agendas for their session:

Army Corps of Engineers

Naval Facility Engineering Command

General Services Administration

Department of Veterans Affairs

Small Business Administration

Air Force Civil Engineer Center

Natural Resources Conservation Service

International Construction

Bureau of Reclamation

Again, to register for AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference, click here.

For more information, contact Jordan Howard at jordan.howard@agc.org Return to Top

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TRADE
Countries Win Last-Hour Tariff Exemptions, But Only Temporarily
AGC Seeking Pricing Data to Analyze Impact on Construction Industry
 

On March 23, before the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports went into full effect, President Trump signed proclamations temporarily exempting seven U.S. allies and trading partners. It is not yet clear what effects specific country exemptions are having—or may have—on the construction industry, but AGC is asking member companies to assist in that process by forwarding pricing data, anecdotes, and even executives’ quotes to AGC’s Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

The exempted nations include: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the European Union (including the U.K.), Mexico and South Korea. The temporary exclusions are scheduled to expire May 1, “pending discussions of satisfactory long-term alternative means to address the threatened impairment to US national security,” according to the White House.

Japan, a key U.S. ally, was notably absent from the list overseen by the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office and assembled based on proof of national security relevance, intense country lobbying, and on-going trade deals. On March 27, a senior administration figure noted that countries seeking a relief from the tariffs could submit to “quotas or other restrictions,” a nod to South Korea’s recent agreement to voluntarily restrict its steel exports by 30 percent of its past three-year average. USTR has utilized voluntary export restraints (VERs) in past bilateral negotiations, namely in the early 1980s when Japan agreed to limit passenger automobile exports to the U.S., and many analysts expect VERs to play a revived role in future steel and aluminum tariff negotiations.

For more information, contact Collin Janich at collin.janich@agc.org Return to Top

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AGC EVENTS
TCC Fly-In May 15-16 Registration Open
Hotel Deadline April 20
 

The 17th Annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Legislative Fly-In, scheduled for May 15-16, 2018 is well-timed to discuss with your senators and Representative the need for infrastructure investment and fixing the Highway Trust Fund.  With the Trump Administration infrastructure plan on the table and Congressional committees holding hearings, now is the time to push your congressional delegation to keep the momentum going. Registration is now open

AGC has scheduled meetings with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) representatives on Tuesday (May 15) morning followed by a special Washington briefing luncheon. At the TCC legislative briefing, key Congressional and Administration leaders will give their outlook for accomplishing an infrastructure investment measure this Congress. You will receive educational briefing materials on key industry priorities for your use in meeting with your congressional delegation. The Fly-In's reception will also provide you an opportunity to network with your industry peers and members of Congress, as well as their staff.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday- May 15, 2018

                                9:30 AM- 11:00 AM          AGC-FHWA Meeting

                                11:00 AM – 2:00 PM        AGC Washington Issues Briefing (Lunch Included)

                                2:30 PM – 5:00 PM          TCC Legislative Briefing

                                6:00 PM -                          TCC Capitol Hill reception

Wednesday- May 16, 2018

                                9:00 AM – Rest of Day     Hill Visits

This year's meeting will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 1000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. The room cut-off date is April 20 and rooms sell out quickly. Make your reservations now directly with the Grand Hyatt by calling 888-421-1442. Mention the group name TCC Fly-In for the $329 per night room rate.

For more information, contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org Return to Top

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