AGC's Construction Legislative Week in Review - 08/08/2019 (Plain Text Version)

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Engage with your Elected Representatives over August Recess

With U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators at home in your areas for the congressional recess, you may have an opportunity to engage them on the top issues facing the industry, including Workforce Development, Immigration, and Federal Highway & Transit Infrastructure Reauthorization. Click “see more” to find out more information on how you can help AGC engage on these issues.
 
Below you will find resources to see if your Representatives and Senators have cosponsored AGC-backed, priority legislation on these issues. In addition, linked below are one-pagers for your use on all of these issues as well as AGCA’s complete recommendations for the Federal Highway & Transit Reauthorization. If you would like hard copies of AGCA’s complete recommendations mailed to you or your chapter, we are happy to do so. 
 
Also, in conjunction with AGCA’s annual workforce survey release in late August/early September, we will be highlighting the bipartisan JOBS Act—which would expand federal student financial aid eligibility (i.e., Pell Grants) to short-term career education programs/certifications—as a part of a “Back-to-School” time message tie into the industry’s workforce needs.
 
For more information or if you are interested in meeting with your elected representative in your state, contact your local chapter or Jennifer Traver at jennifer.traver@agc.org.
 
  • Workforce Development: Expand Pell Grants to Construction 
    • LEGISLATIVE ASK
      • For House and Senate: Cosponsor the JOBS Act (H.R. 3497/S. 839)
    • Existing Sponsors & Cosponsors of Legislation
    • One-pager
  • Immigration: Create New Guest Worker Visa Program for Construction 
    • LEGISLATIVE ASK
      • For House: Cosponsor the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740)
      • For Senate: Introduce Companion Bill to Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740)
    • Existing House Sponsors & Cosponsors of Legislation: 
    • One-pager
 

AGC on the Road in Virginia

Discusses workforce issues with Representative Ben Cline

On August 1, AGC of America, in partnership with AGC of Virginia and Lantz Construction Company, hosted U.S. Representative Ben Cline of Virginia for a jobsite tour in Broadway, VA. During the visit, the Congressman addressed the need for common sense workforce development. Specifically, the group noted that while the federal government invests $120 billion a year in higher education funding, only about $4 billion is spent for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training programs and Career and Technical Education (CTE) funding. To help address that inequity AGC urged the congressman to co-sponsor the bipartisan JOBS Act (H.R. 3497), which would expand federal student financial aid (Pell grants) to short-term CTE and apprenticeship training programs. The tour took place on Lantz Construction Company’s nearly $12 million project for Rockingham County School Board that includes renovating and creating additions for John C. Myers Elementary School. To see the full press release on the event, click here.
 
For more information or if your company is interested in hosting a member of Congress for a job site tour please contact Jenni Traver at jennifer.traver@agc.org.
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Traveliní to Tulsa

AGC discusses industry issues with Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern

On August 6, AGC, along with the AGC of Oklahoma Building Chapter and Tulsa Vision Builders—a joint venture between Flintco and Manhattan construction companies—toured a major construction project and discussed construction workforce needs with U.S. Representative Kevin Hern of Oklahoma. Rep. Hern toured the $55 million renovation and reconfiguration project of the Cox Business Center, a convention center located in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the visit, the group discussed, among other things, the direct impact that immigration has on construction workforce and encouraged Congressman Hern to co-sponsor H.R. 1740, the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act. This piece of legislation would create a market-based temporary guest worker visa system for less-skilled workers to do year-round, non-agricultural work. AGC is fortunate to have leaders in Congress like Rep. Kevin Hern who understand the critical impact construction has on the economy of the state and country. The event was covered by Tulsa World—to read the full article, click here.
 
For more information or if your company is interested in hosting a member of Congress for a jobsite tour please contact Jenni Traver at jennifer.traver@agc.org.
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More Tariffs announced on Chinese Imports

10 percent duties set to take effect September 1

On August 1, President Trump announced that a 10 percent tariff will be placed on virtually all remaining untariffed goods imported from China, valued at around $300 billion. This move is set to take effect September 1, 2019. Top members of the Chinese government have indicated the country plans to retaliate should these tariffs go into effect. Additional tariffs on China may lead to increased construction equipment, supplies and materials costs. For a full run-down of all construction industry-related trade actions under the Trump administration, click here.
 
For more information, please contact Cory Gattie at cory.gattie@agc.org.
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Advanced Safety Management Training Course

October 23 - 25, 2019 | Atlanta, GA

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.
 
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Highway and Utility Contractors Conference

November 6 - 8, 2019 | Tucson, Arizona

AGC’s 2019 Highway and Utility Contractors Conference, part of the Joint Contractors Conference, is the place to get ahead of your competition on all the issues impacting the highway, bridge, transit, and utility construction markets. Find out the latest information about next year’s elections, federal legislation, funding, regulations, technology, safety, workforce, and other developing industry trends from a list of top industry experts. This year’s conference is scheduled for November 6-8, 2019 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Desert Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Registration is now open. Visit the conference website here for more information on speakers, schedule, hotel, and registration.
 
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