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Legislation

ABC Calls Out NLRB, DOL Actions and PLAs During House Hearing

ABC Vice President of Federal Affairs Geoff Burr April 10 testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services subcommittee during a hearing, “Regulatory Approaches to Foster Economic Growth.” In his testimony, Burr spoke on behalf of ABC and the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) about burdensome regulations and policies.
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Senate Immigration Plan Repeats Mistakes of Failed Reforms, Construction Groups Say

ABC, in conjunction with five other construction groups, April 3 expressed concern that the Senate “Gang of Eight” deal on a temporary guest worker program repeats mistakes of previous, failed attempts at immigration reform. The “Gang of Eight is a bipartisan group of Senators working on comprehensive immigration reform.

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House, Senate Approve Dueling Budgets

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate last week voted to pass their respective budget resolutions, marking the first time in four years that both chambers of Congress have approved a fiscal plan for the federal government. Read the rest of entry »

House Committee Approves Bill to Limit NLRB Actions

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce March 20 approved a bill that would require the National Labor Relations Board to stop all activity that requires a three-member quorum until the legal disputes involving the board are resolved. 
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Funding Resolution Restricts Proposals on H-2B, MSDs Through FY 2013

President Obama March 26 signed into law a continuing appropriations resolution that will fund the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Commission for the second half of fiscal year 2013, but that also maintains restrictions on actions by DOL. 
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Health Care Law Continues to Create Uncertainty and Confusion

On the eve of the third anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ABC March 22 issued a statement calling attention to how the health care law continues to create uncertainty and confusion in the construction industry, making it difficult for the nation’s contractors to plan for the future.
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House Passes ABC-supported Job Training Reform Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives March 15 voted 215-202 to pass the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (H.R. 803), which will strengthen the workforce development system and increase employment opportunities by creating a more streamlined approach that focuses on businesses’ hiring and training needs.
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Groups Continue to Support Bill to Repeal Health Insurance Tax

The Stop the HIT Coalition, of which ABC is a member, March 19 sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate offering support for the Jobs and Premium Protection Act of 2013, introduced by Sen. John Barrasso and Sen. Orrin Hatch, that would repeal the health insurance tax provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 
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ABC Outlines Features of a Successful Guestworker Program

ABC March 13 joined five other construction groups to send a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections outlining the features of a successful guestworker program in response to a hearing, "Examining the Role of Lower-Skilled Guest Worker Programs in Today's Economy.” 
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NLRB to Seek Supreme Court Review of “Recess” Appointment Decision

The National Labor Relations Board March 12 announced it will file a petition with the United States Supreme Court for review of a Jan. 25 decision by an appeals court, which found President Obama’s “recess” appointment of members to the board in early 2012 was unconstitutional. 
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