Fate of Agreement on COVID-Relief Bill Uncertain

August 6, 2020

AGC Continues to Press for Construction Industry Priorities

As of August 6, negotiations between the White House and Democratic congressional leaders continue with diminishing hope of reaching a bipartisan agreement on another COVID-relief bill. The biggest hurdle remains a path forward on the CARES Act $600/week federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefit, which expired on July 31. With construction jobs, markets and the future of the industry on the line, AGC has focused its advocacy efforts on pressing for significant infrastructure construction investment, sensible liability protections for construction businesses, and a transition away from the $600/week UI benefit that has created an artificial barrier for some workers to return to safe construction workplaces, among other things.

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