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Rep. Liz Cheney Tours Highway Project in Wyoming

On Oct. 8, AGC, along with the Wyoming Contractors Association and High Country Construction, hosted U.S. Representative and Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney for a tour of a local highway construction project in Fremont County, Wyoming.

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New Executive Orders to Protect Against Back-Door Regulation

On Oct. 9, the president signed two executive orders (EO) that would make it more difficult for federal agencies to regulate through guidance and policy documents that are not otherwise subject to public comment or notice requirements under law.

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AGC Testifies on Water Infrastructure Investment

On Sept. 19, Jamey Sanders, Vice President of Choctaw Transportation and Division Chair of AGC of America’s Federal and Heavy Construction Division, testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the importance of water resource infrastructure to the U.S. economy. 

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule - Sets Salary Threshold of $35,568 per year

On Sept. 25, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule updating the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements and allowing employers to count a portion of certain bonuses (and commissions) towards meeting the salary level. The final rule includes many of AGC’s policy recommendations

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EPA Threatens California with Loss of Federal Highway Funding

In a Sept. 24 letter to the California Air Resources Board, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiated a process to resolve deficiencies in several of the state’s plans to improve air quality.

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Senate Committee Advances FY 2020 Transportation Funding

On Sept. 19, the Senate Appropriations committee approved its version of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding package for U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) programs. The Senate bill, like the House bill passed in June, includes the full $46.365 billion FAST Act obligation limitation for the federal-aid highway program, a $1.1 billion increase over 2019. In addition, the bill includes $2.7 billion discretionary appropriations for highway programs, almost the exact same amount as the House but with different priorities. However, as it appears that the full House and Senate will not approve these bills or negotiate final spending figures prior to the September 30 end of the fiscal year, funding for U.S. DOT programs will be included as part of the Continuing Resolution that will be necessary to keep federal government programs operating.

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Administration Rolls Back Federal Overreach in the 2015 Waters Rule

On Sept. 12, AGC attended the unveiling of a final rule to repeal the 2015 definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rulemaking. 

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AGC Joins EEOC EEO-1 Litigation

On August 19, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit seeking to overturn the district court’s decision from March that reinstated the EEOC’s revised EEO-1 Component 2 form. On August 26, AGC—with the help of its Construction Advocacy Fund—joined 13 other associations on an amici brief that explains to the court the problems employers have with the new EEO-1 form; a narrative that was not included in the parties’ briefs.

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Eighty Percent of Contractors Report Difficulty Finding Qualified Craft Workers

Eighty percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey recently released by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America.
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AGC Hosts Rep. Cloud for a Tour of Hospital Renovation

On September 4, Rep. Mike Cloud visited The Beck Group’s nearly $30 million project for Ascension Seton Bastrop Hospital in Bastrop, TX along with Austin Chapter- AGC and AGC of America.

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