Monthly Archives: March 2017

Infrastructure Funding Targeted for Reduction in President Trump’s Budget

Tell your Senators and Representative to Maintain Funding for these Programs President Trump recently released a budget outline to identify administration priorities for Fiscal Year 2018. This budget outline is a mixed bag for federal infrastructure accounts as it proposes to cut billions in federal spending from construction-related programs. Proposed cuts include: a $2.4 billion

Legislation to Prohibit Government Mandated PLAs Advances in Congress

Contact Your Members of Congress and the President The AGC-supported “Fair and Open Competition Act” passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this week. The legislation would prohibit federal contracting agencies from mandating that contractors and unions enter project labor agreements (PLAs) on direct federal projects. In addition, the bill would preserve the right

House Introduces AGC-Supported Gas Tax Bill

This week, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Peter DeFazio (Ore), introduced the AGC-supported Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act, which would provide approximately $500 billion – a 30 percent increase – in infrastructure investment for federal surface transportation programs. The bill finances these investments by authorizing Invest

Congress Rolls Back Misguided OSHA Rule

Awaits President’s Signature This week, the Senate followed the House in passing a bill that repeals the OSHA “Volks” Rule and it now heads to the president’s desk where he is expected to sign it into law. AGC led a lobbying effort in passing the bill and issued a statement after the vote that the

AGC Calls for Review and Rejection of New EEO-1 Report

On March 17, AGC and industry allies called for the Trump administration to review and reject the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) expansion of data reporting in the new EEO-1 form. The EEOC’s revisions to the EEO-1 form do not comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act. For example, as a result of EEOC’s changes, the

AGC Pushes for Increased Airport Construction

AGC sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operation, Safety, and Security Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) expressing our support for increasing funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and lifting the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge.  The letter was submitted to the subcommittee as part

AGC Meets with Transportation Secretary Chao

Prioritizes Infrastructure Investment, Regulatory Reform AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr and members of AGC’s Congressional Relations staff met with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao this week to discuss working with her and the Trump Administration on infrastructure investment and regulatory reform. In advance of the meeting, AGC provided a list of Transportation Department regulatory requirements, both newly

Congress Asks AGC for Guidance on Water Infrastructure

Testifies before House of Representatives On March 9, AGC called for permit streamlining, long-term funding and timely construction execution decision making—i.e., change order decisions—by and for federal agencies involved in water infrastructure construction, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. AGC member Jonathan Kernion—president of Cycle Construction Company based in

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