22
MAR
2018

Commerce Department Publishes Exclusion Process Procedures for Steel and Aluminum Products

AGC Joins Coalition to Help Mitigate Effects of Tariffs on the Construction Industry On March 19, the Department of Commerce published its exclusion process procedures (interim final rule) for steel and aluminum tariffs. The Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security will...
22
MAR
2018

Billions of Dollars for Construction in FY 2018 Funding Bill

On March 21, congressional leaders unveiled a funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2018 that includes at least $10 billion in additional infrastructure investment—compared to FY 2017 and promised in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018—for roads, bridges, mass transit, airports, ports,...
08
MAR
2018

AGC Supports Expansion of Small Business Health Plan Options

Urges DOL to Protect Chapter-Sponsored Health Plans On March 6, AGC submitted comments to the U. S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) in response to a proposed rule intended to expand association health plans and increase flexibility for small...
16
FEB
2018

AGC Calls on Congress to Clarify Joint Employer Definition

This week, AGC joined a coalition effort to clear up confusion surrounding the many legislative definitions for “joint employer” in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Late last year, the House approved AGC-backed legislation that...
16
FEB
2018

President Releases FY 2019 Budget

This week, President Trump released his budget request covering fiscal year 2019.  The proposal, “An American Budget” calls for $4.4 trillion in federal spending in FY 2019, and while offset by $3.4 trillion in tax and other revenue sources, most estimates project the budget will...
09
FEB
2018

Pending Budget Deal Includes Billions for Construction

Would extend 179D Energy Efficient Commercial Construction Tax Incentive As of publication, Senate is considering—and the House has yet to consider—an AGC-supported bipartisan budget bill for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 that: (1) averts arbitrary, across the board cuts to...
02
FEB
2018

Obama Admin. 2015 WOTUS Rule Delayed

Status Quo Remains in Effect Implementation of the Obama administration’s 2015 “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule—which expands federal environmental permitting jurisdiction involving wetlands—has been delayed. On Jan. 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...
26
JAN
2018

AGC Calls on Congress to Address Tort Reform

AGC joined national organizations representing the real estate, contracting and construction sectors in support of a common-sense tort reform measure that would help control costs associated with excessive liability insurance premiums for construction projects in New York State....
26
JAN
2018

AGC Recommends Initiatives for Federal Highway Administration Program to Accelerate Infrastructure Construction

AGC submitted a list of recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for inclusion in round 5 of the “Every Day Counts” initiative to accelerate transportation infrastructure construction. Among the suggestions is a list of practices that could improve work zone...
19
JAN
2018

AGC Testifies in Support of NEPA/404 Permitting Merger

House Transportation Committee Considers Environmental Streamlining On Jan. 18, AGC’s Senior Counsel on Environmental Law and Policy Leah Pilconis testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of further federal environmental review and permit...