AGC Leads Successful Fight to Restart Airport Construction Projects - VIDEO
AGC CEO Steve Sandherr and U.S. Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood push to get $2.5 billion worth of stalled airport
construction projects restarted during an August 1 news conference at New
York's LaGuardia Airport.
AGC led the
construction industry’s effort to restart several billion dollars worth of
airport construction projects. The projects were halted in late July
after Congress failed to pass an extension to federal aviation legislation
because of a dispute over proposed changes to airline union voting rules and
subsidies for air service to rural communities. Without the legislation
in place, the Federal Aviation Administration was unable to fund billions of
dollars worth of airport improvement projects.
The association worked to educate the media and members of Congress about the
economic impacts of cancelling so many airport projects. AGC chief
economist Ken Simonson explained
to Reuters,CNN, National
Public Radio, USA
Wall Street Journal, The
New York Times and many other reporters that the construction halt will
cost 24,000 construction jobs, and threaten another 11,000 jobs in related
construction supply businesses and 35,000 jobs in the broader economy.
Meanwhile, AGC CEO Steve Sandherr
participated in an Aug. 1 media event with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to make the case that construction
workers shouldn’t have to suffer because Washington can’t resolve an unrelated
policy dispute. And AGC’s legislative team met with members of Congress to
resolve the issue.
Thanks in large part to AGC’s efforts, Congress enacted new temporary extension
to the aviation legislation on Aug. 5, helping restart billions of dollars
worth of airport construction projects. The
extension, however, does little more than put off the disagreements among
lawmakers over the broader reauthorization of the FAA, which has been stalled
over labor issues as well as funding levels and subsidies to rural airports.
This means the FAA may face a similar shutdown threat when this short-term
extension expires on Sept. 16.
will continue to work towards passage of a multiyear FAA reauthorization bill.
You can send a message to your legislators through AGC’s
web site urging Congress to complete action on this long overdue
more information, contact Brian Deery at (703) 837-5319 or email@example.com.
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