Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org April 19, 2018
Spacer
AGC Home Page
Email our Editor
Search Back Issues
Forward to a Friend
Subscribe
Printer Friendly
AGC Political Toolkit
RSS
Take Action!
On the Inside
TRANSPORTATION
House to Consider FAA Reauthorization
Federal Dollars for Diesel Emission Reduction
Book Your Hotel for the TCC Fly-In Before It’s Too Late
LABOR
AGC Urges NLRB to Reconsider “Quickie” Election Rule
ENVIRONMENT
Senate Confirms U.S. EPA’s Second-In-Command Position
AGC PODCAST
New ConstructorCast episode: Dealing with Legalized Marijuana
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference is Fast Approaching
TRANSPORTATION
House to Consider FAA Reauthorization
AGC Continues Push for More Infrastructure Funds
 

Next week, the House of Representatives is set to consider the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018. As the House prepares for debate, several AGC-backed, pro-infrastructure amendments will be considered. These amendments include increasing funding for the Airport Improvement Program that helps finance runway projects among others, lifting the $4.50 cap on the Passenger Facility Charge that airports use to help fund their infrastructure projects, and creating a new category of infrastructure projects eligible to use Private Activity Bonds.  AGC will continue to work with our coalition partners to ensure these critical amendments are debated and voted on by the entire House.

The fate of the House FAA bill – which passed out of committee in June 2017 – has been unclear until recently when House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) dropped controversial language that would have transferred air traffic control services from the FAA to a non-profit corporation. Another omission from the committee-passed bill was an AGC-supported provision that would increase funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) two percent annually from its current level of $3.350 billion to $3.998 billion in fiscal year 2023. 

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

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Federal Dollars for Diesel Emission Reduction
AGC Urges Congress to Fund Program
 

AGC, along with a broad-based diesel coalition, urged members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to include $100 million in their fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding bill for grants, loans, and rebates made possible by the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA). In each of the past four years, Congress has provided increased funding for DERA, including $75 million in FY 2018.  AGC chapters – working with AGC of America – have won millions in federal funds to support AGC members’ voluntary “retrofit” projects, in addition to leveraging millions more in matching and in-kind contributions to help their members afford the high cost of reducing emissions from construction equipment. 

AGC is focused on ensuring both the administration and Congress recognize the importance of the program and that they provide greater financial assistance to the many equipment owners who seek a fair and effective way to reduce emissions from existing fleets of off-road equipment.

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

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Book Your Hotel for the TCC Fly-In Before It’s Too Late
Room Block Expires Tomorrow, April 20
 

The 17th Annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Legislative Fly-In is scheduled for May 15-16, 2018. Book your hotel now and register for the conference, before the room rate expires tomorrow. This year's meeting will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.

The AGC meeting schedule is listed below. We have arranged for an informative set of speakers to get you up to speed on current Washington issues and prospects for legislative action this year.

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

Wed. - May 16, 2018

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM    

Hill Visits

For more information, contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319. Return to Top

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
LABOR
AGC Urges NLRB to Reconsider “Quickie” Election Rule
 

On April 18, AGC submitted its response to the National Labor Relations Board’s Request for Information regarding representation-case procedures.  AGC also joined a response submitted by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW).  Both responses call on the Board to rescind or modify its 2014 rule that changed the procedures for union representation elections.  The rule is often called the “quickie” or “ambush” election rule because it expedites the procedures in a way that can disadvantage employers that oppose a union organizing campaign.

CDW’s response provides in-depth arguments for rescinding or modifying the rule.  It argues that the rule focuses on speed while undermining employers’ rights, straining stakeholder resources, confusing employees, and invading employee privacy.

AGC’s independent response expresses support for CDW’s arguments and provides supplemental points of particular relevance to construction employers.  It reiterates concerns laid out in AGC’s 2014 comments to the proposed rule about how the changes would be particularly burdensome and impracticable in the construction industry given the complexity of determining unit appropriateness and voter eligibility in construction.  The response further conveys information illustrating how those concerns have been validated since the rule has taken effect.

For more information, contact Denise Gold, associate general counsel, at (703) 837-5327 or goldd@agc.org Return to Top

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
ENVIRONMENT
Senate Confirms U.S. EPA’s Second-In-Command Position
 

On April 12, the U.S. Senate confirmed attorney Andrew Wheeler, former lobbyist and congressional aide, to serve as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s deputy administrator.  AGC had urged the Senate to confirm Mr. Wheeler’s nomination. If EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt were to leave the agency, Wheeler would be next in line to become acting administrator.

As AGC’s letter states, Mr. Wheeler is an experienced and well-qualified leader on environmental and construction matters, having served in both Congress and the Executive Branch on such issues. He understands that collaborative work between industry and government will further advance and balance environmental stewardship with economic development. 

AGC looks forward to working with Mr. Wheeler on the important issue of environmental stewardship in the construction industry and continuing our positive working relationship with EPA.

For additional information, please contact Leah Pilconis at pilconisl@agc.org or Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org.   Return to Top

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
AGC PODCAST
New ConstructorCast episode: Dealing with Legalized Marijuana
 

On the latest episode of ConstructorCast, we explore the issue of legalized marijuana consumption and what it means for the construction industry. We talk with Mandi Kime, Director of Safety for AGC of Washington; Jeremy Taylor, Environmental Health and Safety Director for Turner Construction; and Gregg Giles, Trust Administrator for the Washington Construction Industry Substance Abuse Program, about the safety, drug testing, and communications implications for marijuana legalization. Stream or download the episode here or search for "ConstructorCast" in your podcasts app. Return to Top

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference is Fast Approaching
Last Chance to Register
 

We are just a few days away from the 2018 Federal Contractors Conference, held May 1-3 at the Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, VA. Register today for AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference. The premier conference for federal construction contractors to discuss the latest projects, policies and contracting issues facing the industry with federal agencies. To view the agenda, click here. This conference offers the latest project forecasts, expert insight on upcoming regulatory hurdles, and ample networking opportunities with agency decision makers that are critical to being competitive in the federal construction market. Join construction industry leaders and their federal agency counterparts at the Federal Contractors Conference.

For more information, contact Jordan Howard at jordan.howard@agc.orgor (703) 837-5368. Return to Top

Share: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook

AGC Townhouse, 53 D Street SE • Washington, DC 20003 • 202.547.1625 (phone) • 202.547.1635 (fax)• www.agc.org
AGC Home | About AGC | Advocacy | Industry Topics | Construction Markets | Programs & Events | Career Development | News & Media

To ensure delivery of AGC’s Construction Legislative Week in Review, please add 'communications@agc.org' to your email address book or Safe Sender List. If you are still having problems receiving our communications, visit our white-listing page for more details.

© Copyright The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. All Rights Reserved.