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Sending letters to Congress and other government agencies allows ABC to publically advocate the views and interests of our members. These letters are welcomed and often sought because of the respected and influential voice of ABC Government Affairs.

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Wed 09/10/2014 @ 01:27
ABC sent a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act (S.2199) due to grave concerns with several of the provisions contained in the legislation.  ABC is adamantly opposed to any form of unlawful discrimination but does not believe S. 2199 properly addresses problems with wage disparities or discrimination in the workplace.
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Mon 09/08/2014 @ 04:13
ABC sent a letter to the U.S. House in support of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Act, which would prevent the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing their new policy to redefine "Water of the United States" (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act.  The EPA's attempt to redefine WOTUS would significant expand federal control of land and water resources across the country and create a new web of bureaucracy that would impede construction projects and jeopardize job creation.  ABC will consider the vote on H.R. 5078 a "Key Vote" for our 113th congressional scorecard.
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Thu 07/17/2014 @ 01:24
ABC sent a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of S. 2244, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014 which was passed the Senate on July 17 by a 93-4 vote.  Without an extension of the TRIA program, banks would be less inclined to lend the necessary funds to new construction projects and companies may be forced out of the industry because of financial risks.
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Tue 07/15/2014 @ 02:47
ABC sent a KEY VOTE letter to the House of Representatives in opposition to an amendment offered by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act that would prevent federal contractors with Fair Labor Standards Act violations from being awarded any federal contracts funded by the bill.  This would essentially become a "blacklist" of federal contractors that would not be permitted to compete for federal work.  ABC will consider this a KEY VOTE for the 113th congressional scorecard.
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Thu 07/10/2014 @ 10:52
ABC sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing an amendment offered by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) to H.R. 4923, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.  Mr. Ellison's amendment would prevent federal contractors with Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations in the past five years from receiving any federal contracts funded by this bill.  This would essentially create a "blacklist" of federal contractors and would keep employees off job sites, raise costs and reduce competition.
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