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AGC's Construction Advocacy Fund
WE HAVE BEEN QUITE busy during the past year fighting for the interests of the con-
BY STEPHEN E. SANDHERR
Over the coming
months, we will
continue our battle
to fix the federal
fund and secure a
and protect the
industry from the
misguided Waters of
the U.S. rule.
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struction industry in Washington, D.C. Indeed, one of the things that distinguishes this
association is our ability to deliver meaningful results on such a wide variety of issues
that affect our industry.
Since last summer, AGC of America has successfully defended the use of fly ash in
construction materials by getting the Environmental Protection Agency to agree to continue allowing its use in a range of widely used products, including concrete. We have
also secured an additional $50 million a year to build new and repair old locks and dams
along the nation's inland waterways.
Thanks to our efforts, Congress opted to limit the use of single bid reverse auctions for
federal construction procurement and imposed an outright ban on them for design-build
military projects. We also persuaded federal safety officials to make significant improvements to their proposed confined spaces rule that will make it easier for firms to keep
And we successfully lobbied to streamline and strengthen federal workforce development programs by securing passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. All
the while, we have kept up a steady drumbeat of pressure on lawmakers to enact longterm infrastructure measures and help us rebuild the once-vibrant pipeline for training
and preparing new workers for the industry.
Even though we have amassed a list of noteworthy accomplishments, our work is far
from finished. Over the coming months, this association will continue our battle to fix the
federal highway trust fund, secure a long-term surface transportation bill, push for a more
robust training pipeline and protect the industry from the administration's misguided
Waters of the U.S. rule.
We expect to see a flurry of new federal regulatory measures, including affirmative
action measures for federal contractors, new union election procedures, eReporting on
safety statistics, and storm water mandates. Some of those measures promise to have a
profound effect on our industry.
That is why I hope that members like you will support the AGC Construction Advocacy
Fund. The fund pays for much of the work AGC of America does to advocate on the industry's behalf. It finances research, supports lobbying operations and allows us to maintain
a high profile in key Congressional districts across the country. Unfortunately after years
of battling what has to be one of the least-business friendly environments in Washington,
D.C., the fund is running dry.
That is why last year we asked members to contribute $10 per employee to help us in our
fight to protect the construction industry and your company's continued success. We hope
you will join with many of your AGC of America colleagues in supporting the fund this year.
Please visit us online at constructionadvocacyfund.agc.org to contribute and learn
more about our fight on your behalf. Your support will allow us to continue to fight for the
interests of the construction industry.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2015
Lean in and Learn
Getting Ready for the Big Ships
Old, New, Tried & True
The Picture of Health
Workforce Shortage Report: Southern Region
Bringing the Los Angeles Hall of Justice Back to Life
Employee Benefit Selections Can Yield Greater Rewards
2015 Insurance Guide
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - September/October 2015