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December 4, 2008
AGC of America is excited to announce the 2009 Highway & Utilities Contractors Issues Meeting, to be held February 5 -7, 2009 at the La Quinta Resort and Club in Palm Springs, California. This meeting is the premier gathering place for contractors and related businesses involved in every aspect of highway and utility construction to hear about and discuss issues and trends in these markets.
December 4, 2008
The National Governors Association (NGA) at its national conference this week urged President-elect Obama to consider establishing a national infrastructure bank that could issue bonds to finance infrastructure projects as part of the economic stimulus package currently being developed. During his campaign, Obama proposed creating an infrastructure bank that could issue up to $60 billion in tax-credit bonds, which provide investors with a tax credit instead of interest payments.
December 4, 2008
Congressional Democrats, realizing that the opportunity to pass a massive economic stimulus package during the 110th Congress is shrinking due to time constraints, as well as resistance by Senate Republicans and the Bush Administration, are considering whether to convene the week of December 8 to take up a smaller stopgap measure to provide immediate relief to low-income households. Congress may also consider a rescue package for the automotive industry if a consensus can be reached.
November 14, 2008
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) notified Representatives today that the House will reconvene in lame duck session on Wednesday November 19. The Senate was already scheduled to meet next week and will convene on Monday November 17. It is unclear if either body will consider an economic stimulus bill. Speaker Pelosi apparently has suggested to Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) that the Senate take up the House passed economic stimulus bill which includes infrastructure funding of $34 billion.
November 12, 2008
The Senate will return next week in a lame duck session to address several legislative proposals, potentially including economic stimulus legislation. In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has expressed the desire to go back into session to address stimulus legislation but she has not yet officially done so. President–elect Obama, in a press conference this week, urged Congress to pass stimulus legislation as soon as possible. However, President Bush has expressed skepticism about the benefit from this legislation.
November 12, 2008
Our Congressional supporters advocating for inclusion of infrastructure funding in the economic stimulus legislation have asked AGC for information about current conditions in the construction industry as well as the positive impact that would result from increased infrastructure funding. Please also take a few minutes to complete the brief attached survey. This information will be very useful in our efforts on Capitol Hill.
October 30, 2008
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October 30, 2008
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October 21, 2008
The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) coalition met today with Mort Downey, former DOT Deputy Secretary and currently advisor to the Obama campaign on transportation to discuss the candidate’s positions on these issues. Mr. Downey presented a four page description of Sen. Obama’s positions which recognize the need to upgrade existing transportation infrastructure to meet current and future needs and create jobs. Sen. Obama has proposed a $60 billion over 10 year National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank to expand and enhance, not supplant, existing federal transportation investment.

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