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Politics and Policy

It’s Time to Overhaul the 90-year-old Davis-Bacon Act, Says ABC

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, March 3—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement from Ben Brubeck, ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs, on the 90th anniversary of the Davis-Bacon Act, a 1931 law that requires contractors and subcontractors that perform work on federally funded or assisted construction contracts in excess of $2,000 to pay a government-determined prevailing wage and benefit rate on an hourly basis to on-site workers.

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ABC Opposes H.R. 1, an Attack on Free Speech

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON, March 2—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement from Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen voicing its strong opposition to H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, which is expected to be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 3.

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ABC Applauds Bill to Increase Fair and Open Competition on Taxpayer-funded Construction Contracts

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:06 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24—Associated Builders and Contractors today voiced its strong support for the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1284 / S. 403), which was introduced today by Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.).

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ABC Statement on Senate Committee Vote Approving Nomination of Mayor Walsh as Labor Secretary

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11— Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement on the vote by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to approve the nomination of Mayor Marty Walsh as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Congress’s Reintroduction of the PRO Act Will Do Anything But ‘Build Back Better,’ Says ABC

Thursday, February 4, 2021 3:48 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement today in response to Congress’s reintroduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

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Arizona Is the No. 1 Merit Shop Construction State, According to ABC’s 2020 Scorecard

Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:25 PM

ABC released its 2020 Merit Shop Scorecard today, an annual ranking based on state policies and programs that encourage workforce development, strengthen career and technical education, grow careers in construction and promote fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects.

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ABC’s Free Enterprise Alliance Announces Million-dollar Issue Advocacy Ad Buy

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:17 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21—Associated Builders and Contractors’ Free Enterprise Alliance, which educates elected officials and the public about the importance of fair and open competition, today announced it has made a million dollar issue advocacy ad buy in 25 states nationwide. The advocacy campaign, which includes digital ads and mailers, will educate constituents on the dangers of the PRO Act, highlight benefits of the Paycheck Protection Program and encourage voting in the upcoming election.

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ABC Endorses President Trump for Reelection

Friday, August 28, 2020 9:25 AM

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 28—Associated Builders and Contractors is proud to announce its endorsement of President Donald J. Trump for reelection. In a letter to the president, ABC President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman and ABC 2020 National Chair Tim Keating, owner and president of R. C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Florida, said:

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NEPA Rule Will Eliminate Unnecessary Delays, Reduce Costs for Construction Sector, Says ABC

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 7:33 PM

WASHINGTON, July 15—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen issued the following statement on the final National Environmental Policy Act rule, which was released today:

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ABC: Anti-competitive House Infrastructure Bill Excludes Many U.S. Workers From Rebuilding America

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON, July 1—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, by a vote of 233 to 188:

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