AGC's Construction Legislative Week in Review - 11/17/2016 (Plain Text Version)
AGC Urges Congress to Repeal Obama Regulations
Existing Law Allows Congress to Roll Back Midnight Regs
This week, AGC strongly urged Congress to repeal a host of unnecessary, costly and burdensome Obama administration regulations under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The regulations that Congress could possibly roll back under the CRA include: implementing regulations for both the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order and the Paid Sick Leave Executive Order; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Electronic Injury and Illnesses Recordkeeping Rule—for which OSHA recently recalibrated its controversial drug testing position—and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s revised EEO-1 Report, which would expand pay data reporting requirements.
The CRA enables Congress to overturn a federal agency rule, guidance or general policy statements—with simple majorities in both the House and Senate—issued within 60 legislative days. Based on past history, such agency actions potentially ripe for CRA repeal for the new Republican Congress and president would have to have been finalized sometime in May 2016. The regulations AGC put forth fit those and other parameters under the CRA. Although the new overtime rule—which doubles the overtime salary threshold for Fair Labor Standards Act exempt employees—falls within the May 2016 timeline, the CRA specifically excludes rules that address wages from congressional repeal consideration. It should also be noted that the CRA has only been effectively used once since its enactment in 1996.
The CRA is a more powerful and effective tool for, essentially, permanently eliminating these Executive Branch actions than President-elect Trump simply rescinding those executive orders and using the regulatory process to unwind the regulations. Under the CRA, a federal agency cannot reissue the rule that has been repealed unless Congress passes and the president signs into law provisions authorizing the disapproved rule. As a result, a new president and administration cannot merely issue a new rule later.
There are still many pending Obama regulations that may go final between now and Inauguration Day. AGC has been in close contact with Republican congressional leadership and committee leadership to inform them not only of the aforementioned regulations, but also about what is on deck for CRA repeal considerations.
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The Regulatory Road Ahead
An AGC Road Map for Federal Regulations
To help construction contractors better understand the regulatory state of play during the presidential transition period, AGC has put forth a document entitled “The Regulatory Road Ahead.” A number of regulations—from the overtime rule to paid sick leave—go into effect before Inauguration Day. Some of them could be repealed in 2017. And, new regulations may yet come. The reality is that AGC contractors must remember to comply with the law and not rely on campaign promises. This document will help AGC members better understand the lay of the regulatory land from now to January 20 and beyond.
AGC CEO Addresses Highway Users Annual Meeting
This week, AGC CEO Steve Sandherr addressed the annual meeting of the America’s Highway Users Alliance where he and the National Association of Manufacturers CEO Jay Timmons discussed the opportunities and challenges for a major infrastructure deal in 2017. Sandherr stressed that President –Elect Trump and the new Congress need to include in any infrastructure plan a real solution that addresses the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.
Last month, AGC was joined by over 30 organizations in sending a letter to both presidential campaigns pledging our commitment to work with them to ensure any new infrastructure investments has the greatest impact on our nation’s economy and transportation network. Now that the election is over, AGC will work with the incoming administration and Congress as they formulate any new major infrastructure plans.
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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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