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Politics and Policy

ABC Backs Bill to Increase Competition on Taxpayer-Funded Construction Contracts

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:12 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today voiced its strong support for the Fair and Open Competition Act (S. 622). The bill, introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), will reduce costs for taxpayers by encouraging all qualified construction companies to compete for federal and federally funded construction projects. S. 622 prevents federal agencies and recipients of federal funding from requiring contractors to sign controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Urges Government Neutrality Toward PLAs, Pushes Davis-Bacon Reform in Reaction to Executive Order on Government Efficiency

Monday, March 13, 2017 9:23 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 13 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today praised President Trump’s executive order calling for greater government efficiency and urged the administration and Congress to take steps to reduce the cost of public construction projects in a statement from ABC Vice President of Labor, Regulatory and State Affairs Ben Brubeck. Read the rest of entry »

Congressional Action to Block Illegal 'Blacklisting' Rule Is a Win for Contractors, Taxpayers and the American Workforce

Monday, March 6, 2017 6:37 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 6– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended the U.S. Senate for joining the U.S. House of Representatives in passing legislation (H.J. Res. 37)that will block implementation of the Obama administration's controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Read the rest of entry »

ABC Praises President Trump’s Commitment to Infrastructure Investment in Address to Congress

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:28 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb., 28- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) issued the following statement from Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen in response to President Trump’s pledge to commit needed resources to rebuild American infrastructure and to work with the business community to craft a transparent regulatory system that will encourage business investment during tonight’s address to the joint session of Congress: Read the rest of entry »

Executive Order to Rein In Waters of the U.S. Rule Will Help Prevent Jobsite Delays and Uncertainty for Construction Industry

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:01 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28– Associated Builders and Contractors  (ABC) today released the following statement applauding President Trump for his Executive Order ordering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which had been previously been blocked under a nationwide stay issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Read the rest of entry »

President Trump’s Executive Action Will Spur Job Growth, ABC Says

Friday, February 24, 2017 4:57 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive action(s) providing regulatory relief: Read the rest of entry »

Legislation to Block ‘Blacklisting’ Rule Will Protect Contractors’ Rights

Thursday, February 2, 2017 4:01 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 2– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation (H. J. Res. 37) that will block implementation of the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Read the rest of entry »

President Trump’s Executive Action to Withdraw Estate Tax Hike Will Benefit Family-Owned Construction Businesses

Friday, January 20, 2017 5:05 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today released the following statement in support of President Trump’s Executive Order XXXXX, which withdrew a U.S. Department of Treasury proposed rule that would have resulted in sweeping changes to estate tax policies and imposed significant new tax costs on family-owned businesses. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Praises President Trump’s Executive Action to Rescind ‘Blacklisting,’ Order, Restore Contractors’ Rights

Friday, January 20, 2017 11:16 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded President Trump’s Executive Order XXXXX, which rescinds President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order 13673, commonly referred to as “blacklisting.” Implementation of the blacklisting final rule was temporarily blocked on October 24, 2016, when a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in favor of ABC’s lawsuit and granted a preliminary injunction against the reporting provisions of the rule.  Read the rest of entry »

Free Enterprise Momentum Continues with Passage of Prevailing Wage Repeal and Right to Work Laws in Kentucky

Saturday, January 7, 2017 11:50 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 7– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended the Kentucky Senate’s passage of bills that would end forced unionization and repeal the state’s wasteful prevailing wage law. Read the rest of entry »