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January 23, 2009
On November 15, 2008, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council issued a final rule to require federal contractors and subcontractors to use the U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS), or "E-Verify," system as a means of verifying that their employees are eligible to work in the United States. While the final rule originally applied to solicitations issued and contracts awarded after January 15, 2009, a legal challenge to the rule has led to the government agreeing to suspend applicability of the rule until February 20, 2009.
January 16, 2009
On January 15, the House Democratic Leadership announced details of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Details of the $825 billion package were released by the House Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees. The total package consists of $275 billion in economic recovery tax cuts and $550 billion in targeted investments, coupled with several unprecedented accountability measures. AGC estimates that approximately $150 billion of the spending proposed in this bill would benefit the construction industry.
December 23, 2008
On November 14, 2008, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council issued a final rule to require federal contractors and subcontractors to use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS), or “E-Verify” system as the means of verifying that their employees are eligible to work in the United States.
December 5, 2008
Congressional leaders have talked about an economic stimulus package that could total as much as $500 billion. While it is unlikely that it would be enacted before President-elect Obama takes the oath of office on January 20, AGC has been successful in advocating for significantly increased investment in Federal construction programs, including flood protection, military construction and federal facilities in the stimulus bill. 
November 14, 2008
The FAR Council on November 12 issued a final rule on its "Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and Disclosure Requirements." The rule becomes effective on December 12, 2008.
November 14, 2008
The final rule requiring Federal contractors and subcontractors to use the E-Verify system administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as the means of verifying that certain of their employees are eligible to work in the United States was published November 14, 2008. The rulemaking will take effect January 15, 2009.
November 14, 2008
The 111th Congress will be sworn in January 6, 2009. The Congress will consist of larger Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. In addition to the election results, there will be congressional leadership and committee changes as well as new cabinet posts.
November 14, 2008
Despite a great deal of talk about Congress taking up economic stimulus legislation in a lame duck session, it still remains uncertain whether or not this will happen. The Senate is scheduled to be in session next week. In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has expressed the desire to go back into session to address stimulus legislation but she has not yet officially called the House back into session. In a press conference this week, President-Elect Obama urged Congress to pass stimulus legislation as soon as possible. However, President Bush has expressed skepticism about the benefit from this legislation.
November 14, 2008
AGC is asking for your help in gathering information concerning current conditions in the construction industry as well as the positive impact that would result from increased infrastructure funding.
October 16, 2008
As reported Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) convened a forum with economic experts to discuss an economic recovery plan for the nation.  She announced that she would be calling on the appropriate committee chairmen to conduct hearings on various portions of an economic recovery package in the upcoming weeks.

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