Construction Legislative Week in Review April 26, 2018
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House Considers $25 Billion for Airport Construction Investment
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House Considers $25 Billion for Airport Construction Investment

On April 26, AGC urged the House of Representatives to authorize airport infrastructure improvement funding totaling $25.4 billion—a $5.3 billion increase compared to existing levels—over the next five years as part of the multi-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. The infrastructure funds would come through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which helps finance runway construction, among other critical airport construction projects. The House is expected to vote no later than April 27 on the additional $5.3 billion as part of an AGC-backed amendment to the FAA bill introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.).

 Unfortunately—and over AGC’s objections—the House will not consider increasing or eliminating the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). The PFC is a user fee charged to airline travelers that generates revenue for airport capital improvement projects. That user fee has been capped at $4.50 per enplanement since 2000. AGC urged that an amendment offered by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rep. Massie (R-Ky.) to remove the cap be brought up for consideration, but the amendment was not approved.

The Senate has not yet indicated when it plans to consider its version of the FAA reauthorization bill, which passed the Senate Commerce Committee last June. The Senate bill includes AGC-supported language that increases the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) size standard for the AIP program, while also ensuring that there is one size standard for all businesses participating in the AIP DBE program. AGC will continue to work with Congress to ensure that the final FAA bill addresses the construction industry’s priorities.

For more information, contact Brian Deery at or (703) 837-5319.

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Donít Miss Out on 2018 Federal Contractors Conference
May 1-3, 2018

Register today for the 2018 AGC Federal Contractors Conference taking place next week in Pentagon City, VA. The Federal Contractors Conference is the premier conference for federal construction contractors to discuss the latest projects, policies and contracting issues facing the industry with federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facility Engineering Command, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, General Services Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of State, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Bureau of Reclamation.

In addition to substantive discussions and presentations with federal agencies, attendees will hear from legal experts about the latest federal regulations that will impact their businesses and may have the opportunity to continue a dialogue with federal agencies after the conference. Leading federal construction attorneys will address executive orders, Small Business Administration and Federal Acquisition Regulation rules, and case law trends your company needs to know to work in the federal market. And, when the conference concludes, AGC member attendees will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing dialogue and meetings with agency headquarters later in the year.

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TCC Fly-In

The 17th Annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Legislative Fly-In is scheduled for May 15-16, 2018. 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

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