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1506, 2020

AGC Releases Full Analysis of House Democrats Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

On June 15, ahead of the markup of the legislation in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, AGC released a full analysis of the INVEST Act, the House Democrats’ recently introduced surface transportation reauthorization bill. This seven-page document provides a deep dive into the provisions of the bill, including analysis on investment and funding levels, workforce related policies, environmental initiatives and regulations, project delivery and safety, technology, research, and development. A one-page

306, 2020

AGC Victorious in Leading Congressional Passage of PPP Loan Improvements

On June 3, the Senate passed the AGC-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020 (H.R. 7010) after AGC members sent tens of thousands of messages seeking improvements to the PPP. The measure makes significant improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program that AGC has been pushing for and its passage marks another legislative victory for the association. Among these improvements are: (1) Extending the amount of time that loan

2605, 2020

OSHA Issues Guidance to Help Construction Workers During the Pandemic

On May 26, OSHA launched a webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions—many of which AGC members have likely already incorporated in their safety plans—to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. One item AGC members should take note of is how the guidance details specific construction tasks with exposure risk levels (from low to very high). AGC will continue to monitor how the current pandemic

2205, 2020

Congress & SBA Work on AGC-Backed PPP Loan Fixes

AGC continues to lead efforts—both legislative and regulatory—to bring needed flexibilities to the terms of the Paycheck Protection Program for the construction industry. In the House of Representatives, AGC is working with Reps. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) and Chip Roy (R-Tex.) to advance their bipartisan legislation that would: (1) allow loan forgiveness for expenses from 8 to 24 weeks; (2) strike the restrictive 75%/25% rule on loan proceed use; (3) expand loan terms

1105, 2020

AGC Continues Push for Relief Funding for State DOTs

On May 11, over 135 members of the House—led by Reps. Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Bob Gibbs (R-OH)—called on Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy to support approximately $50 billion in federal funding for state departments of transportation (DOTs) in the next COVID-19 response package. AGC, along with other transportation construction stakeholders, spearheaded this effort. Also this week, House Democrats proposed providing $15 million in direct funding for state DOTs in their

2304, 2020

Congress Passes New Coronavirus Relief Package

Billions in new SBA PPP Program Funding Included On April 23, the House passed a $480 billion coronavirus relief package that included $310 billion in new funding for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The Senate passed this measure overwhelmingly on Tuesday, April 21. AGC has been pushing for the new funding due to construction firms struggling to maintain existing payrolls amid declining demand for construction services. This measure comes

2503, 2020

Senate passes $2T Coronavirus “Phase Three” Relief Package

On March 25, the Senate passed, 96-0, H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  It is expected to be taken up by the House of Representatives soon. The CARES Act, a $2 trillion economic relief package, is the third in a series of coronavirus related measures Congress has taken up in recent weeks to address the pandemic sweeping the country. This legislation encompasses a host of provisions

1903, 2020

President Trump Signs Employer-Fronted Paid Leave Mandate into Law

On March 18, President Trump signed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, into law in response to the recent Coronavirus outbreak. This measure, while taking many level-headed actions to mitigate risks to our communities, included a new employer-fronted paid leave mandate that AGC strongly advocated against. AGC recommended to Congress that the federal government—not construction employers—is best equipped to administer and front compensation for COVID-19-related illness leave. These requirements take

1303, 2020

OSHA Revises Coronavirus Reporting Requirement After AGC Intervention

On March 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provided guidance requiring the recording and reporting of workplace exposures to COVID-19. The guidance, while well intended, did not consider all of the potential negative impacts on the regulated community. On March 12, AGC of America CEO Stephen Sandherr spoke one-on-one with U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia on this issue noting AGC’s deep concerns with and opposition to such