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Politics and Policy

ABC Hails Florida Legislation That Encourages Competition in Bidding on Public Construction Projects

Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:07 AM

Washington, June 15—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) for signing legislation into law that will promote open competition in the procurement of construction services funded by Florida taxpayers. 
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HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Headline ABC’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit

Friday, June 2, 2017 9:22 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will deliver the keynote address at its annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit, June 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The summit is part of ABC Legislative Week, which also features legal and legislative updates, meetings with lawmakers and political advocacy sessions for ABC Young Professionals.
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Missouri Governor Signs ABC-supported Law to Protect Taxpayers, Construction Industry from Project Labor Agreement Mandates; ABC Urges Federal Action

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 5:03 PM
WASHINGTON, May 30—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Eric Greitens (R-Mo.) for signing legislation into law that will promote fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Missouri taxpayers. SB 182 ensures controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) cannot be mandated by the government on state, state-assisted and local construction projects, guaranteeing that the almost three out of four members of Missouri’s private construction workforce who have chosen not to join a labor union can fairly compete to work on projects funded by their own tax dollars. Read the rest of entry »

Trump Admin’s First 100 Days Have Brought Improved Business Climate for Construction Industry

Friday, April 28, 2017 2:33 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today praised President Trump for taking important steps to create a pro-growth business environment in a statement from ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Congratulates Labor Secretary Acosta

Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:47 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today congratulated R. Alexander Acosta on being confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in a statement from President and CEO Michael Bellaman. Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin Becomes the 23rd State to Pass ABC-supported Bill to Protect Taxpayers, Workers from Project Labor Agreement Mandates; ABC Urges Federal Action

Monday, April 17, 2017 12:26 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) for signing legislation into law that will promote fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Wisconsin taxpayers. The bill, SB 3, will ensure that the government cannot mandate controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) on state, state-assisted and local construction projects, guaranteeing that the almost three out of four members of Wisconsin’s private construction workforce who have chosen not to join a labor union can work on projects funded by their own tax dollars.
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Iowa Governor Signs Bill to Protect Taxpayers, Boost Jobs for Iowa’s Construction Industry

Thursday, April 13, 2017 1:10 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) for signing legislation into law that will promote fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Iowa taxpayers. The bill, SF 438, will ensure that the government cannot mandate controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) on state, state-assisted and local construction projects, guaranteeing that the 85 percent of Iowa’s private construction workforce that has chosen not to join a labor union can work on projects funded by their own tax dollars. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Industry Praises President Trump for Eliminating Burdensome Obama-era Recordkeeping Rule

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:55 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended President Trump for signing a resolution into law eliminating the Obama administration’s controversial “Volks rule” (formally known as Clarification of an Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness final rule). Congress passed the resolution through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Read the rest of entry »

House Committee Approves ABC-supported Bill to Increase Competition, Lower Costs on Federal Construction Contracts

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:18 AM
Washington, D.C., March 28—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s favorable reporting of the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1552) out of committee. The bill, introduced by Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), will boost competition on government construction projects and reduce building costs to taxpayers by preventing federal agencies from forcing contractors to sign controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) in order to compete to build federal and federally assisted construction contracts. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Praises President Trump for Eliminating Illegal Obama Blacklisting Rule

Monday, March 27, 2017 3:15 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended President Trump for signing a resolution into law effectively eliminating the Obama administration’s illegal “blacklisting” rule (formally known as the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule). Implementation of most of the rule’s onerous and duplicative reporting and disclosure requirements were temporarily blocked on Oct. 24 when a U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of ABC’s lawsuit and granted a preliminary injunction. Read the rest of entry »