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October 9, 2008
On October 3, the President signed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA) of 2008. Members led the charge and AGC was one of the first business groups to become engaged in the debate. AGC greatly appreciates its members' 4,000 letters and unknown number of phone calls in support of this legislation.
October 9, 2008
A continuing resolution signed into law September 30 funds the federal government through March 6, 2009 and includes a provision that extends the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify program. The E-Verify program offers employers an online tool to verify the legal status of workers and remains voluntary for new hires. AGC supported a 5-year extension of E-Verify, but is concerned about the accuracy and reliability of the program.  The extension prevents the program from expiring.
October 9, 2008
Regarding the presidential race, pundits are pretty clear about the uphill battle McCain faces.  Charlie Cook, publisher of the Cook Report summed it up as follows: “Since early September this race has shifted rather dramatically in Obama's favor. As long as the focus is almost exclusively on the economy, this race is almost unwinnable for McCain. It would take a major external event, the proverbial October Surprise, to shift the spotlight to national security or some other subject that would allow McCain to highlight his strengths.”  As of October 8, all major national polls on average show Obama up 5.6%.
October 2, 2008
The Senate Wednesday by a vote of 74 to 25 passed its version of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA) of 2008 as an amendment to a tax extenders package, H.R. 1424.  In addition to the inclusion of a tax extenders package that includes business and energy tax extenders, the alternative minimum tax (AMT) patch, and additional disaster assistance, the primary difference between the bill the House defeated Monday and the Senate-passed bill is an increase in the FDIC insurance coverage to a maximum of $250,000.
October 2, 2008
The House and Senate have approved a sweeping set of acquisition reforms, some of which had been under consideration for the past two years. Provisions in the fiscal 2009 Defense authorization bill (S. 3001) would increase competition in contracting, tightening regulations on interagency procurements and mandate the establishment of a database to monitor companies that have faced criminal and civil actions.
October 2, 2008
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent advance draft copies of the Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Cranes and Derricks on September 17.
October 2, 2008
On September 22, the Department of Labor (DOL) awarded AGC with the prestigious Susan Harwood Grant Training program for the seventh year in a row.
September 26, 2008
AGC is currently conducting a Legislative Priority Survey to solicit information from AGC general contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers/service providers and all other members to better determine the most important legislative issues to the construction industry.
September 25, 2008
Yesterday AGC issued the following statement on the financial industry rescue package. CONTRACTORS CALL FOR PROMPT ACTION ON FINANCIAL RESCUE PLAN Washington, D.C. – The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the nation’s largest commercial construction association, today called on Congress to take swift and decisive action to pass the financial industry rescue package.
September 25, 2008
House and Senate Democrats are advocating for a second economic stimulus bill, and infrastructure funding - including highway funding - is being discussed.  AGC met with Hill leaders and has sent a letter to the Hill detailing the job creation benefits that result from infrastructure funding.

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