AGC Urges Congress To Address Critical Economic Issues Before Election

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 in employment, especially in highway and transportation construction, where there has been a drop of more than 5% in the past year. The construction industry has also seen significant volatility in diesel/energy prices over the last five years. AGC urged Congress to focus on the following top six priorities: • Fixing the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund, which passed the Senate Wednesday and the House on Thursday; • Extending the authorization for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) into the 111th Congress; • Finalizing appropriations for fiscal year 2009 and providing economic stimulus that creates jobs; • Improving domestic energy security; • Extending tax provisions; and • Reauthorizing the E-Verify program. To view a copy of the letter click here.