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March 29, 2021
                Every week brings new reports of materials costs hitting record highs, while lead times lengthen or become ever more uncertain.  AGC of America recently released a Construction Inflation Alert. This document is intended to help chapters and members explain to owners,... Read More

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The Senate this week is poised to pass three-part legislation to keep the existing tax rate for most Americans, provide some disaster relief and stimulate the production of energy in the United States.  The alternative minimum tax “patch” is the highest priority, as it would stop a tax increase on... Read More
September 18, 2008
Earlier this week the House passed a Democratic energy plan that would allow some offshore drilling, but with restrictions.  Passed along party lines, the bill would open up areas for oil shale development in Western States and drilling from 50 to 100 miles offshore if a state votes to agree to the... Read More
September 18, 2008
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday approved several measures awaiting committee consideration, including three bills to authorize funding for water infrastructure, bridge rehabilitation and dam repair.  The Water Infrastructure Financing Act would authorize appropriations... Read More
September 18, 2008
The Senate overwhelmingly approved the FY 09 defense authorization bill Wednesday after a showdown over earmarks with Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) forced Democrats to scuttle plans to attach a massive "manager's package" of amendments to the annual legislation. After of roughly 100 amendments were... Read More
September 18, 2008
Taking the final step necessary to ensure that the payment of Federal-aid highway funds to states will continue uninterrupted, President Bush on September 15 signed HR 6532. The legislation transfers $8 billion from the US Treasury’s general fund to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Congress acted... Read More
September 17, 2008
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The producer price index (PPI) for finished goods tumbled 1.6% before seasonal adjustment (-0.9% seasonally adjusted) in August but rose 9.6% over the past 12 months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. The PPI for inputs to construction industries, a weighted average of materials... Read More
September 16, 2008
On Wednesday, September 10, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the efforts to build a fence along the country’s southern border.  The hearing mostly focused on the delays behind the building of the virtual fence, but briefly touched on the cost increases for the physical fence... Read More
September 12, 2008
In the coming weeks, staff changes will take place at HQ USACE. Major General Don Riley, who was promoted to Deputy Commanding General earlier this year, left a vacancy in the Civil Works Directorate. Earlier this week, Lieutenant General Van Antwerp announced that Major General Bo Temple, the... Read More
September 12, 2008
McCain/Palin received a post-convention bounce, leading in one poll this week by as much as ten points (USA Today/Gallup 9/5-9/7).  Average poll numbers produce a less dramatic but still significant change in direction for the GOP. Since the end of the Republican Convention, polls shows Sen. McCain... Read More
September 12, 2008
On September 8, AGC urged the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to focus on six priority areas - those that will most impact the ability of AGC members to hire, manage their businesses and pay taxes into the future - in the waning weeks of the 110th Congress. The construction industry is suffering a drop... Read More
September 12, 2008

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