21
NOV
2019

EPA Finalizes AGC-supported Addition of Aerosol Cans to the Universal Waste Regulations

On Nov. 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized an AGC-supported(link is external) that expands universal waste regulations to include aerosol cans and streamlines the management of this waste. This measure should help construction firms maintain a lower-tier...
21
NOV
2019

Congress Repeals Federal Highway Funding Cut

On Nov. 21, Congress sent FY 2020 funding legislation to President Trump that includes AGC-backed repeal of a $7.6 billion cut to federal highway funding, known as a “rescission,” that was scheduled to take place on July 1, 2020. This rescission—required by the current federal...
19
SEP
2019

Senate Committee Advances FY 2020 Transportation Funding

On Sept. 19, the Senate Appropriations committee approved its version of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding package for U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) programs. The Senate bill, like the House bill passed in June, includes the full $46.365 billion FAST Act obligation...
06
JUN
2019

AGC Joins Effort to End Surprise Medical Bills

Surprise medical billing is a growing issue where patients face unexpected charges after they receive medical care. Despite the partisanship in Washington, there are growing bipartisan calls in Congress and by President Trump to end surprise billing, making it one of the few...
08
MAY
2019

AGC of Texas Pledges $250,000

The time to engage in the legislative and political arenas has never been more critical. Now that the 116th Congress is back at work, along with new government leaders in state capitals and courts across the country, AGC efforts to protect the construction industry and expand...
26
APR
2019

Congress Takes Notice of Change Orders Delays

AGC-Backed Bill Encourages Transparency and Fairness On April 18, Reps. Marc Veasey (D-Tex.) and Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) introduced an AGC-backed bill—H.R. 2344—that would require a federal construction contracting agency to pay at least 50 percent of the actual (incurred or...
19
APR
2019

AGC Comments on FAA Drone Rules

Asks for Construction Site Waiver On April 15, AGC of America submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on two regulatory proposals dealing with the use of drones. AGC supported FAA’s proposal to lift its ban on the nighttime operation of drones and to allow...
01
FEB
2019

AGC Calls for Compromise on FY 2019 Government Funding

On Jan. 30, AGC urged members of the government funding bipartisan conference committee to reach a broad compromise and avert another government shutdown on Feb. 15. AGC recommended that a final deal should include funding and policies addressing the nation’s border security,...
01
FEB
2019

AGC-Backed Tax Bills Introduced

Bills would Repeal Estate Tax and Make Pass-Thru Deduction Permanent The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)—passed at the end of 2017—doubled the estate tax exemption from $5 million to $10 million. However, that provision expires in 2025 without further Congressional action.  Senator...
20
DEC
2018

AGC-Supported Job Training Provisions to Become Law

President Trump is expected to sign into law criminal justice reforms in the FIRST STEP Act before the holidays. This legislation includes numerous policy changes with the goal to reduce recidivism and help ex-offenders lead productive lives after leaving the criminal justice...