Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org June 28, 2018
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IMMIGRATION
Immigration Reform Measure Fails House Vote
LABOR/HR
Senate Committee Advances Career and Technical Education Legislation
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Senate Passes First Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Bill
AGC EVENTS
2018 AGC Summer Safety & Health Conference
Advanced Safety Management Training Course
Join Us at the Next AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
IMMIGRATION
Immigration Reform Measure Fails House Vote
AGC Weighs in on Construction Workforce Needs
 

On June 27, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a legislative proposal – the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act – to reform the nation’s immigration laws. This bill failed by a vote of 121 to 301 despite being a more moderate version of an immigration reform bill that also failed last week. AGC sent a letter to Congress ahead of the vote advocating for immigration reforms that would help address construction workforce needs.

AGC opposed the original, more restrictive bill because it limited legal immigration and failed to address the construction industry’s workforce shortage. That bill ultimately failed by a vote of 193 to 231 with 41 Republicans joining every Democrat in opposition.

This week’s more moderate proposal, while providing a better pathway to reform, still fell short of addressing many of the industry’s priorities. The bill provided $25 billion for a border wall, a path to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and placed some limits on legal immigration, along with reversing the administration’s zero tolerance policy at the southern border.

The outlook for future reform efforts remain uncertain and AGC will continue to call for any immigration reforms to address the workforce challenges in the construction industry.

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

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LABOR/HR
Senate Committee Advances Career and Technical Education Legislation
 

This week a Senate committee passed the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which will now have to be considered by the full Senate and conferenced with a House-passed bill from last year. A top priority of AGC’s has been reforming and reauthorizing the Perkins Act, as it helps offset the cost of career and technical education (CTE) programs. Ahead of the Senate considering the bill, AGC joined with over 500 national, state and local organizations in a letter to Senate leaders urging swift, bipartisan action on Perkins reauthorization.

AGC would like the bill to include reforms such as better aligning education with local needs, promoting work-based learning, spurring industry-recognized credentials and providing funding increases to the program. The bill largely satisfies those priorities and AGC will work with Senate leaders to ensure programs funded by the bill lead to students passing credentialing tests and becoming more workforce ready.

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

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FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Senate Passes First Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Bill
Includes MilCon, VA, and USACE Civil Works Funding
 

On June 25, the Senate approved the House-passed “minibus” appropriations bill (H.R. 5895) by a vote of 86-5. The minibus includes funding for Energy and Water, the Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2019.  These three bills are the first of the twelve annual appropriations bills Congress needs to pass before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. 

The bill provides a total of $10.3 billion for military construction projects. This is an increase of $241 million, or 2.4 percent, above the enacted fiscal year 2018 level.  The Department of Veterans Affairs major construction account is funded at $1.12 billion, and its minor construction account is funded at $706.9 million.

The Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program is funded at $6.927 billion, an increase above the fiscal year 2018-enacted level of $6.8 billion. Roughly $1.52 billion in funding from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and full use of estimated annual revenues from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund is required. The Corps construction account received $2.16 billion. Its Operations & Maintenance (O&M) account received a record-level of $3.74 billion.

AGC applauds the passage of these appropriation bills and looks forward to working with Congress towards a final funding bill.  Passing appropriations bills in a timely fashion helps provide federal agencies and, in turn, federal construction contractors, with financial and operational certainty that helps them with the planning the execution of infrastructure projects.

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

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AGC EVENTS
2018 AGC Summer Safety & Health Conference
July 25-27 in Indianapolis, IN
 

The 2018 Summer Safety & Health Conference will take place July 25-27, 2018 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN. Join more than 250 industry professionals and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both a national and local level; assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products; and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts. Full details on the Conference and links to registration and the hotel room block can be found hereReturn to Top

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Advanced Safety Management Training Course
October 17-19 in Arlington, VA
 

This unique three–day course provides construction safety and health professionals with the next–level knowledge required to successfully manage a company–wide safety program. Moving beyond the basics of Focus Four training, AGC’s Advanced Safety Management Training Program will give participants a more holistic view of safety’s role in project and company success, as well as advanced tactics and best practices for managing all aspects of a corporate safety program. Participants will also focus on the importance of "selling" safety throughout the organization and methods to generate buy–in from different audiences. Full details on the course and links to registration can be found here. Return to Top

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Join Us at the Next AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
 

Jointly sponsored by AGC and CFMA, the 22nd Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference will be held Oct. 24-26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. This three-day conference offers programs and workshops designed specifically for financial professionals in the construction industry. The 34 interactive sessions will cover the latest industry issues and their financial implications. Participants may earn up to 20 continuing professional education (CPE) credits. Register at meetings.agc.org/agc_cfma.

For more information, contact Matthew Turkstra at matt.turkstra@agc.org or (202) 547-4733. Return to Top

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