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Legislative & Special Projects, Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel
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Infrastructure

August 28, 2015

Tell Him/Her to Finish Work on Highway & Transit Bill

The Senate completed action on a six-year transportation reauthorization bill before the August recess. The House has indicated that it will work on its version of a long-term highway & transit bill when members return to Washington after Labor Day. With one week left in the August recess, it is important that you meet with your Congressman and stress the importance of passing a long-term, fully funded transportation bill. 

August 28, 2015

This week, the Congressional Budget Office released its semiannual update of budgetary and economic projections. The report further highlights the challenges facing Congress as they try to fill the revenue gap in the Highway Trust Fund to provide a six-year highway & transit bill. 

August 28, 2015

On Aug. 26, AGC submitted its comments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council and the U.S. Department of Labor on their proposed rule and guidance, respectively. The rule and guidance implement the president’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order 13673, commonly called the Blacklisting Executive Order.

August 28, 2015

At the request of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, AGC recently led several workshops with Department resident engineers from around the country on the value of project-level partnering. Over the course of two days, AGC discussed the need for contractors and owner representatives to not only establish trust at the front end of the project, but to maintain it throughout project delivery—whether through formal or informal partnering means. Several AGC contractor members participated in the workshops and stressed the need for honest, consistent communication and the establishment of decision escalation processes as a means to deliver projects on time and on budget. The workshops included brief presentations from contractors, interactive team-building exercises and back and forth questions and answers between the Department engineers and AGC contractors. The Department held this workshop as part of a broader training initiative, the theme of which was “turning the page” on the old ways and looking towards improvement ahead.

December 1, 2015
Teri Jones, SUNDT

As a professional working in the Business Development world, you are probably acutely aware that the reason for your existence is to Develop Business and that entails more than fine dining and golf! Pre-Winning plays a large role in your company’s ability to secure the type of work, and build the type of relationships, that will produce the desired results.

November 1, 2015
Colleen Kelly, Beacon Occupational Health & Safety Services

Has all of the romance drained out of your business proposals? You used to spend hours thinking about the client’s needs and wants. What would their ideal contractor look like? How could I show that we’re the perfect match? But lately, things have become stale. You’re less interested in them and would much rather talk about yourself. If your win rate is going down the tubes, now’s the time to rethink your proposal writing strategy.

October 20, 2015

Construction employment expanded in 35 states and the District of Columbia between September 2014 and September 2015 yet only 23 states added jobs between August and September, according to an analysis released today of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the fact as many states lost construction jobs as added them last month was likely due to a combination of labor shortages and uncertainty about a host of federal investment programs.

October 2, 2015

Short-Term Bill Funds Government until Dec. 11

Yesterday, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution and sent it to the president for his signature to ensure no lapse in government funds today, the first day of fiscal year 2016. The 10 week-stopgap spending bill, which is set to expire on Dec. 11, was passed in the Senate by a vote of 78-20 and the House by a vote 277-151.  In both chambers, the only no votes came from Republicans, who refused to support a bill that did not defund Planned Parenthood.

October 2, 2015

Contact your Reps – Visit Hardhats for Highways 

Another week has passed without any progress for the House’s plan for passing a long-term highway & transit bill prior to the expiration of the current extension on Oct. 29.  Although there have been reports of negotiations between House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on how to fund a long-term transportation bill, they have not yet reached a compromise.  The Senate has already passed a six-year bill with three years of funding.

October 2, 2015

In addition to passing the continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating, Congress also passed a six-month extension of the Federal Aviation Administration spending authorization and the Airport and Airway Trust Fund taxation authority. The extension provides $1.675 billion in contract authority for the Airport Improvement Program for the first half of fiscal year 2016. This is $65 million higher than half of the FY 2015 enacted level of $3.220 billion. Originally, program funding in FY 2015 was set at $3.350 billion, but that level was cut by a $130 million rescission in the FY 2015 appropriations act. The six-month extension for FY 2016 restores half of that rescission and hopefully that funding level will be continued through the remainder of the year.

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