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House Approves Long-Awaited Spending Deal

On March 6, the House of Representatives passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 which provides funding for six key departments, including transportation, energy, housing and urban development, and others.

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FHWA Proposes to End Long-Standing Buy America Waiver

On March 7, 2024, the Federal Highway Administration announced that it has released a Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to end the longstanding Manufactured Products Waiver that has been in effect since the 1980s.

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AGC Raises Concerns on Two Key Rulemakings

On February 15 and 27, respectively, AGC along with its partners on the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) met with representatives from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to further discuss the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) proposal to update its existing standards to better protect miners against occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) proposal to expand who can serve as the employee representative during the walkaround portion of enforcement inspections.

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EPA to Expand Regulatory Approach to PFAS

AGC has long discussed risk exposures for contractors associated with the anticipated regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.

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AGC Joins Amicus Brief to Save Secret-Ballot Elections

On Feb. 9, AGC of America and other business groups coordinated by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace jointly filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to set aside a significant National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) decision that makes it easier for unions to gain recognition without a secret-ballot election beyond 8(f) recognition in construction.

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Federal Agencies Request Feedback on Low-Carbon Construction Materials

The Inflation Reduction Act empowered the federal agencies to explore the use of construction materials that have a lower embodied carbon (lower emissions associated with their life cycle).

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Alert on Critical Tax Relief

The U.S. Senate is sitting on immediate tax relief legislation that can put more money into your pockets, instead of the IRS’s. We need you to take action!

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AGC Lawsuit Delays Joint Employer Rule

A federal court delays National Labor Relations Board joint employer regulation effective date to March 11, as it considers an AGC lawsuit to block it permanently.

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SEC Climate Risk Disclosure Rule

In line with AGC recommendations, the Securities and Exchange Commission will reportedly finalize a climate risk disclosure rule that will NOT require construction companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions while working on publicly traded companies’ projects.

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Gov’t Shutdown Averted?

For the fourth time in FY 2024, Congress appears to have avoided a government shutdown . . . temporarily. What should contractors know?

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