This week, both the House and Senate continued to apply pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the significant expansion of its authority to regulation wetlands and wet areas under the Clean Water Act (CWA). In the Senate, all eight Republican Senators on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee sent a letter to President Barack Obama regarding federal regulation of CWA jurisdiction, which the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released in late March.
April 14-25, 2014 | www.HardhatsforHighways.org
Your Senators and Representatives will be back working in your home districts starting next Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 25. It is the perfect opportunity to set up meetings to discuss the importance federal highway funding has on your company and your job. Make an appointment to visit the District office closest to you. Bring this informational leave-behind and a company hardhat with the “Hardhats for Highways” decal affixed listing the number of jobs in your company that will be affected if funding is cut off. While these are the best times to visit, don’t hesitate to set up appointments at other times and visit with their staff members.
AGC and the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) are seeking input on how the looming Highway Trust Fund shortfall is impacting business decisions and state transportation programs. This survey, along with the recently launched Highways for Hardhats campaign, is part of AGC’s continued efforts to raise awareness of the impacts of Highway Trust Fund’s revenue crisis.
Today, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Environmental & Public Works (EPW) Committee announced they reached an “agreement in principle” on a reauthorization of MAP-21. Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and ranking member David Vitter (R-La.) were joined at the announcement by the Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) and ranking member John Barrasso (R-Wy.), where they said they hoped to pass the bill out of committee in May.
“Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake” is the theme of this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 7–11), which is intended to highlight the dangers to construction workers and motorists when highway improvement projects are underway. AGC participated in the national event, held in Seattle, Wash. on Tuesday, April 8, hosted by the Washington State Department of Transportation, with participation from the Federal Highway Administration, AASHTO, and other national construction associations.
Today, the House of Representatives passed the official Republican budget for 2015 on a party-line vote of 219-205 (12 Republicans voted no). Although the budget is largely symbolic, it has the potential to impact upcoming revenue shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund and reauthorization of MAP-21.
The deadline for public comment on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed rule on representation-case procedures ended this Monday, April 7. The proposed rule, known as the “quickie election” or “ambush election” rule, would expedite the union representation election cycle to as little as 10-21 days from the union’s filing of a petition for an election.
On April 8, President Obama took two executive actions that will impact federal contractors. First, the president signed an executive order (EO) that will require federal contractors to allow their employees to discuss their earnings with one another. Second, the president signed a presidential memorandum (PM) instructing the U.S. Secretary of Labor to issue new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit to the Department of Labor (DOL) data on compensation paid to their employees, including by sex and race.