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TRADE
Trump Extends Country Exemption Deadline to June 1
Too Many Tariffs to Track?
TRANSPORTATION
House Approves FAA Authorization Bill
SAFETY
AGC Calls for Final Crane Certification Rule to Improve Safety and Reduce Uncertainty
FREE AGC WebEd: Ladder Safety Innovation
AGC EVENTS
TCC Fly-In
TRADE
Trump Extends Country Exemption Deadline to June 1
 

On April 30, ahead of a midnight May 1 deadline,President Trump extended temporary relief from the steel and aluminum tariffs to three trading partners: Canada, Mexico, and the 28-member states of the European Union (EU). The decision to extend the temporary exemption window to June 1 staves off a potential trade spat with the EU. Unfortunately, it also creates greater uncertainty in steel and aluminum markets, which will likely contribute to continued steel and aluminum prices. 

Of the seven trading partners shielded from the metals tariffs on March 23, South Korea is the only ally to achieve permanent exemption, having submitted to voluntary export restraints (VERs) on steel exports to the US earlier last month. The other three partners (Argentina,Australia, and Brazil) have negotiated their way off the temporary exemption list by reaching “agreements-in-principle” with the Administration. In short,the Administration has successfully driven them to the negotiating table.

AGC continues to urge the Administration to makepermanent the remaining exemptions and ultimately abandon the tariffs.

For more information, contact Collin Janich at collin.janich@agc.org or (703) 837-5435. Return to Top

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Too Many Tariffs to Track?
A Brief Primer on Trade Actions Affecting the Industry
 

To help members navigate the Trump Administration’s recent trade actions, AGC has compiled a brief primer detailing the tariffs’ backgrounds, when they went into effect, their impact on the industry, and important dates to look for. 

The primer can be found here.

For more information, contact Collin Janich at collin.janich@agc.org or (703) 837-5435. Return to Top

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TRANSPORTATION
House Approves FAA Authorization Bill
$25 Billion for Airport Construction Included
 

By a bipartisan vote of 393-13, the House last week approved HR 4, a five-year reauthorization of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs which includes 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 additional $5.3 billion is 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 did 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 deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319. Return to Top

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SAFETY
AGC Calls for Final Crane Certification Rule to Improve Safety and Reduce Uncertainty
 

AGC joined members of the Coalition for Crane Operator Safety this week in urging Congress to press the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to finalize a rule on the certification requirements for crane operators. AGC opposes attempts to block OSHA from funding such a rule. Currently, the long-delayed rule is under final review and could be issued ahead of a November deadline.

The rule originally called for certifications by both type and capacity of cranes, however concerns were raised because testing entities were not prepared to meet the new requirements leading to much uncertainty among employers and the need for a revised rule. Originally, the rule also mistakenly deemed certification as an operator having all the requisite skills to operate a crane safely. AGC is working with OSHA to address these outstanding issues prior to issuing a final rule.  

AGC also met with the Administration last week in a similar effort to encourage swift finalization of a rule and thereby give the regulated industry time to come into compliance ahead of a November compliance deadline. AGC looks forward to a rule that will bring certainty to the requirements that employers must undertake and views a final rule as a proactive step to improve jobsite and public safety.

For more information, contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or (202) 547-0133. Return to Top

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FREE AGC WebEd: Ladder Safety Innovation
 

Three of OSHA’s top ten ‘serious’ violations (#1, #3, #7) are related to falls.  Every day nearly 2,000 people are injured while using a ladder, and as many as 100 of them will suffer a long-term disability.  Today, one person will die in a ladder-related accident.  Fall-related accidents account for huge expenses to organizations, as well as long term effects for family, friends, co-workers, HR & legal departments and the C-suite. Reducing the number of ladder-related injuries is becoming top priority for the nation’s foremost companies, and Little Giant Ladders’ National Safety Director, Dave Francis, is leading the charge.

May 10, 2018

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (ET)

Member Price: FREE

Non Member Price: FREE

Participants will identify key safety and legal issues facing organizations, expand their knowledge and professional skills to prevent fines and fatalities, engage a discourse concerning emerging issues of fall prevention and the profession.

To learn more and register click here.


For more information, contact Kevin Cannon at cannonk@agc.org or (703) 837-5410 or Nazia Shah at nazia.shah@agc.org or (703) 837-5409. 

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AGC EVENTS
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


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

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