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Politics and Policy

ABC Releases Scorecard on State Policies Affecting the Construction Industry

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 11:05 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today launched “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which reviews and grades state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial construction industry. The scorecard website, meritshopscorecard.org, identifies states that have created an environment where merit shop contractors are well positioned to succeed and states where strategic improvements need to be made in order to create a friendly business climate. Read the rest of entry »

Jeb Bush Addresses ABC Member Concerns

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:30 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 17 – Presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addressed and responded to questions from members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum this evening. Bush answered questions from members of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business and National Retail Federation.
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Sen. Marco Rubio Addresses ABC Member Concerns

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 6:15 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 4 – Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) addressed and responded to questions from members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum this evening. Rubio answered questions from members of the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Associated General Contractors, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Federation of Independent Business and the National Retail Federation. Read the rest of entry »

Appeals Court Upholds Idaho Law Protecting Fair and Open Competition on Public Construction Projects

Friday, September 18, 2015 11:23 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and ABC’s Inland Pacific Chapter today celebrated a victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit set aside a lower court’s decision against an Idaho law that banned government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction projects.
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ABC Opposes NLRB’s Joint Employer Ruling Uprooting Decades-Old Standards

Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:26 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement in response to today’s National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) joint employer ruling in the Browning-Ferris Industries of California case. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Urges Withdrawal of Obama Administration’s Unlawful and Impractical ‘Blacklisting Proposal’

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:09 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today submitted comments urging the withdrawal of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Notice of Proposed Guidance (NPG) implementing President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (Executive Order 13673), commonly referred to as the blacklisting proposal. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Industry Concerns with ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule Remain

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 3:58 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement on the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) final rule issued today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). Read the rest of entry »

Obama Administration’s ‘Blacklisting’ Proposal Bad for Contractors, Employees and Taxpayers

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:25 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement regarding the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” proposed rule issued by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council. The proposed rule, previously commonly referred to as the “blacklisting executive order,” and a guidance memo issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13673 targeting the federal contracting community were both released today. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Applauds Passage of Bill to Force Withdrawal of ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 7:34 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, which would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to withdraw the flawed “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule and develop a new proposed rule after engaging in meaningful stakeholder consultation. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Urges Passage of Legislation to Increase Competition on Federal Construction Projects

Monday, March 30, 2015 11:04 AM
Washington, D.C. - Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today voiced its strong support for the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671/S. 71). The bill, introduced by Rep. Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), will increase fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects. Read the rest of entry »