The latest: A record-setting construction investment bill—the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill—just needs to pass the House before it can be signed into law. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding it hostage until she can pass a very different, $3.5 trillion “human” infrastructure bill.
Why it matters: Thousands of construction jobs and projects are one the line. Not only will further delay impede a wide variety of new projects from hitting the street to bid, but funding for ongoing construction projects is also in jeopardy. If the bipartisan infrastructure bill does not pass before September 30, the federal-aid highway and transit construction programs will expire, causing a slowdown and eventual end to federal payments to states for transportation construction projects already underway.
What to do: That is why we you need to tell your members of Congress to support the bipartisan infrastructure bill—which will reauthorize the highway and transit programs and provide record levels of funding to all types of construction projects—and urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass it before September 30 to avoid job losses and construction delays.
In addition to record federal investment in a broad range of construction projects (click here for details), the bipartisan infrastructure bill:
- Does NOT include new tax hikes on any construction firms;
- Does NOT tie federal funding to the AGC-opposed PRO Act;
- Does NOT tie federal funding to government-mandated project labor agreements;
- Does NOT tie federal funding to local hire goals;
- Does NOT put new restrictions on states’ ability to build new roads; and
- INCLUDES sensible environmental review and permitting reforms put forth by former President Trump;
Despite having the opportunity to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill that will help the construction industry rebuild America, Speaker Pelosi is jeopardizing its passage because she wants to pass a separate $3.5 trillion “human” infrastructure bill. In the “human” infrastructure bill, Speaker Pelosi plans to:
- Increase taxes on construction firms of nearly all types and sizes;
- Pass the greatest threat to union and open-shop construction firms—the PRO Act—in whole or in part; and
- Tie federal tax incentives to various workforce mandates on public and private construction projects, among many other things.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill represents the best chance to significantly invest in building and maintaining a broad range of physical infrastructure without unnecessarily burdening the construction industry with new taxes and workforce mandates. We cannot let this opportunity to enact it pass the construction industry by.
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