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Survey: 97% of ABC Contractors Say Biden’s Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement Policies Would Make Federal Construction More Expensive

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 9:54 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28—According to a September 2022 survey of ABC contractor members published today, 98% oppose President Biden’s proposed rule mandating project labor agreements on federal construction projects of $35 million or more. PLA schemes needlessly increase costs and exacerbate the construction industry’s skilled labor shortage because they exclude almost nine out of 10 workers from participating in these contracts.

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ABC’s 2022 Tech Report Features Real-World Journeys in Construction Innovation

Monday, September 26, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26—Associated Builders and Contractors today released its second annual construction technology report comprised of case studies that spotlight specific technologies and innovation best practices that ABC member contractors are utilizing to strengthen their value proposition. The report also features safety technology survey data from ABC contractors.

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ABC: Imminent Rail Strike Would Pulverize Fragile US Economy and Supply Chain

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 8:19 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement regarding the devastating effects of a looming rail strike on the already weak U.S. economy and supply chain.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Dip in August, But Are Up 17% From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 9:34 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14—Construction input prices decreased 1.4% in August compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 1.4% for the month as well.

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ABC’s Contractor Confidence Rebounds; Construction Backlog Indicator Flat in August

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained unchanged at 8.7 months in August, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 22 to Sept. 7. The reading is a full month higher than in August 2021.

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ABC: New NLRB Joint Employer Proposal Will Harm Small Businesses

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 1:02 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the National Labor Relations Board’s new joint employer proposed rule under the National Labor Relations Act.

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Construction Employment Increases by 16,000 in August, Says ABC

Friday, September 2, 2022 9:43 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2—The construction industry added 16,000 jobs on net in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 311,000 jobs or 4.2%.

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ABC: Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases by a Modest 0.8% in July

Thursday, September 1, 2022 10:39 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1—National nonresidential construction spending increased 0.8% in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $847.6 billion for the month.

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ABC: Suicide Prevention Is a National Priority for Construction

Thursday, September 1, 2022 7:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1—On the first day of Suicide Prevention Month 2022, Associated Builders and Contractors calls on the entire construction industry to strengthen total human health among its workers and decrease the number of deaths by suicide.

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Construction Job Openings Up by 22,000 in July, Says ABC

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 10:47 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30—The construction industry had 375,000 job openings in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings increased by 22,000 last month and are up 38,000 from the same time last year.

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ABC Members Exempt from Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, 11th Circuit Rules

Friday, August 26, 2022 10:34 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement from Ben Brubeck, ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs, on the 11th Circuit Court decision on vaccination mandates for federal contractors announced on Friday evening.

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President Biden’s Inflationary PLA Schemes Hurt Taxpayers and Construction Job Creators

Thursday, August 18, 2022 10:09 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement in response to the publication of a proposed rule, Federal Acquisition Regulation: Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects, implementing President Biden’s Executive Order 14063, which requires federal construction contracts of $35 million or more to be subjected to controversial project labor agreements.

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ABC Announces 2022-2023 Tech Alliance Members

Monday, August 15, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the members of its third annual Tech Alliance—a consortium of firms that create construction technology and innovative solutions for ABC contractor members, the majority of which primarily perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.

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House Passage of Democrats’ Reconciliation Package Fails Job Creators and Hardworking Taxpayers

Friday, August 12, 2022 10:07 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed Senate Democrats’ $740 billion tax-and-spend bill.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Decreased 2% in July, Up 17% From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:21 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11—Construction input prices decreased 1.8% in July compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices decreased 1.8% for the month as well.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator and Contractor Confidence Index Waver in July

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, August 9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell 0.2 months in July and stands at 8.7 months, according to an ABC member survey conducted July 20 to Aug. 3. The reading is up 0.2 months from July 2021.

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ABC: Democrats’ Reckless Reconciliation Package Will Worsen Inflation, Not Curb It

Saturday, August 6, 2022 6:37 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on Senate Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Act,” a $740 billion tax-and-spending spree scheduled to pass in a partisan political process at a time when our economy is pointed toward recession.

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ABC: Construction Employment Increases By 32,000 in July

Friday, August 5, 2022 9:17 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5—The construction industry added 32,000 jobs on net in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has increased by 311,000 jobs, or 4.2%.

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ABC Urges Support for Senate Resolution That Preserves Construction Permitting Reforms, Reduces Costs and Delays

Thursday, August 4, 2022 7:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen issued the following statement regarding today’s vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution introduced by Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, to overturn the Biden administration’s National Environmental Policy Act rule:

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ABC: Construction Unemployment Is Under 2% in 10 States

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3—The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate plunged 3.8% in June 2022 from June 2021, down from 7.5% to 3.7%. Meanwhile, all 50 states had lower unemployment rates over the same period, according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Ten states had an estimated construction unemployment rate under 2%; the highest unemployment rate was 6.5% in New Mexico.

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Construction Job Openings Decreased by 71,000 in June; US Economy Poised to Slow, Says ABC

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 11:37 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2—The construction industry had 334,000 job openings in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings decreased by 71,000 last month but are up 13,000 from the same time last year.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls 0.5% in June, Says ABC

Monday, August 1, 2022 10:42 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1—National nonresidential construction spending was down by 0.5% in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $829.4 billion for the month.

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ABC: Democrats’ Reconciliation Deal Would Plunge US Into Recession

Thursday, July 28, 2022 1:23 PM

WASHINGTON, July 28—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement regarding the Senate Democrats’ reckless tax and spending spree.

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U.S. Economy Contracts in Second Quarter, Investment in Structures Falls Again, Says ABC

Thursday, July 28, 2022 9:17 AM

WASHINGTON, July 28—The U.S. economy contracted at a 0.9% annualized rate in the second quarter of 2022, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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ABC: Construction Materials Prices Increased in June, Up 20% From a Year Ago

Thursday, July 14, 2022 9:32 AM

WASHINGTON, July 14—Construction input prices increased 1.9% in June compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 1.8% for the month.

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ABC to Congressional Democrats: Do Not Subject Small Businesses to Your Reckless Tax Hikes

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON, July 13—Associated Builders and Contractors today urged Congressional Democrats not to raise taxes on small, individual and family-owned businesses as part of any effort to enact a partisan reconciliation bill.  

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Lower in June; Contractor Confidence Falters

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, July 12— Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell 0.1 months in June and stands at 8.9 months, according to an ABC member survey conducted June 21 to July 5. The reading is up 0.4 months from June 2021.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Increases in June, Says ABC

Friday, July 8, 2022 9:38 AM

WASHINGTON, July 8—The construction industry added 13,000 jobs on net in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 292,000 jobs, an increase of 4.0%. 

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Construction Job Openings Decline in May, Says ABC

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 11:36 AM

WASHINGTON, July 6—The construction industry registered 434,000 job openings in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The JOLTS survey defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings decreased by 6,000 in May but are up 126,000 from the same month last year.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Slightly Dips in May, Says ABC

Friday, July 1, 2022 10:23 AM

WASHINGTON, July 1—National nonresidential construction spending was down by 0.6% in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $832.5 billion for the month.

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ABC: Government-Registered Apprenticeship System Woefully Inadequate to Meet Construction’s Skilled Workforce Shortage

Thursday, June 30, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, June 30—It would take 14 years for federal and state government-registered apprenticeship programs to educate the 650,000 workers the construction industry needs to hire just in 2022, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data from 2021. DOL data indicate that the construction industry’s federal government-registered apprenticeship system produced just 23,881 completers of its four-to-five-year apprenticeship programs, and in addition, construction industry apprenticeship programs registered with state governments produced an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 completers in FY 2021.

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ABC to White House: Abandon Exclusionary Policies That Reject 87% of Construction Workers

Friday, June 17, 2022 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON, June 17—Associated Builders and Contractors, in reaction to the Biden administration’s announcement today of its Talent Pipeline Challenge initiative, released the following statement highlighting how exclusionary and anti-competitive measures promoted by the Biden administration will exacerbate the skilled labor shortage.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rises in May; Contractor Confidence Falters

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, June 14—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator increased to nine months in May from 8.8 months in April, according to an ABC member survey conducted May 17 to June 3. The reading is up one month from May 2021.

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Construction Input Prices Are Up 21% From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 9:29 AM

WASHINGTON, June 14—Construction input prices rose 2.3% in May compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices also increased 2.3% for the month.

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ABC: Nonresidential Construction Adds 19,400 Jobs in May

Friday, June 3, 2022 9:21 AM

WASHINGTON, June 3—The construction industry added 36,000 jobs on net in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 283,000 jobs, an increase of 3.8%.

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Construction Job Openings Increase in April, Says ABC

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 11:34 AM

WASHINGTON, June 1—The construction industry registered 449,000 job openings in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey. The JOLTS survey defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings increased by 23,000 last month and are up 120,000 from the same time last year.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls in April, Says ABC

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 11:23 AM

WASHINGTON, June 1—National nonresidential construction spending was down 0.4% in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $844.4 billion for the month. Despite the monthly setback, nonresidential construction spending is up 6.6% from a year ago.

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ABC to Biden Administration: Withdraw the DOL’s Davis-Bacon Proposed Rule

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:55 AM

WASHINGTON, May 18—In a comment letter filed on May 17, Associated Builders and Contractors urged President Biden’s U.S. Department of Labor to withdraw an inflationary and flawed proposed rule revising Davis-Bacon Act and Related Acts regulations that apply to federal and federally assisted construction projects funded by taxpayers.

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Inflationary Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wages Cost Taxpayers More for Public Works Projects

Monday, May 16, 2022 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON, May 16—The flawed method used by the federal government to calculate “prevailing wages” under the 91-year-old Davis-Bacon Act adds at least 7.2% to the cost of federal and federally assisted construction projects and inflates wages by 20.2% compared to local market averages, according to a new report from the Beacon Hill Institute. Associated Builders and Contractors has called on the U.S. Department of Labor to modernize its wage determination process for decades, but a proposed rule the agency released on March 18 actually makes this archaic and unscientific process even more inaccurate, inflationary and biased.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Increase in April, Says ABC

Thursday, May 12, 2022 10:04 AM

WASHINGTON, May 12—Construction input prices increased 0.8% in April compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 0.9% for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Up in April; Contractor Confidence Down

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, May 10—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator increased to 8.8 months in April, according to an ABC member survey conducted from April 20 to May 4. The reading is up 0.9 months from April 2021.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Dips in April, Says ABC

Friday, May 6, 2022 9:15 AM

WASHINGTON, May 6—The construction industry added 2,000 jobs on net in April, but nonresidential construction employment decreased by 2,000 positions, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 235,000 jobs, an increase of 3.2%. 

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ABC: Members Invested $1.6 Billion in Construction Workforce Education to Upskill 1.3 Million in 2021

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, May 4—Associated Builders and Contractors member contractors invested $1.6 billion to provide more than 1.3 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety education in 2021, according to its 2022 Workforce Development Survey, up from $1.3 billion in 2020. The annual assessment quantifies the scope of ABC members’ workforce development initiatives to advance their employees’ careers in commercial and industrial construction to build the places where Americans live, work, learn, heal and play.  

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Construction Job Openings Increased in March; Demand for Labor Remains Strong, Says ABC

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 11:31 AM

WASHINGTON, May 3—The construction industry had 396,000 job openings in March 2022, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Industry job openings increased by 13,000 in March and are up 60,000 from the same time last year.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 1% in March; Recession Could Be Around the Corner, Says ABC

Monday, May 2, 2022 11:03 AM

WASHINGTON, May 2—National nonresidential construction spending was down 0.8% in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $839.2 billion for the month.

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ABC 2022 Safety Performance Report: Top-Performing STEP Members Are Six Times Safer Than Industry Average

Friday, April 29, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, April 29—Associated Builders and Contractors today unveiled its 2022 Safety Performance Report, an annual, comprehensive study of the impact of the STEP Safety Management System and guide to safety best practices on construction jobsites. STEP is a proven system, more than 30 years old, that enables top-performing members to achieve incident rates 645% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics construction industry average. The annual study is published to coincide with Construction Safety Week, May 2-6.

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GDP: U.S. Economy Contracts, Investment in Structures Down Again, Says ABC

Thursday, April 28, 2022 10:11 AM

WASHINGTON, April 28—The U.S. economy contracted at a 1.4% annualized rate during the first quarter of 2022. Investment in nonresidential structures declined at an annual rate of 0.9% during the quarter and has contracted nine of the past 10 quarters, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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ABC: State Construction Unemployment Is Down in 45 States From a Year Ago

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, April 27—The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate dropped 2.6% in March 2022 from a year ago, down from 8.6% to 6%, while 45 states had lower unemployment rates over the same period, according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. This considerable improvement occurred as cases of the omicron variant fell and many states began lifting some or all of their COVID-19 restrictions.

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18 GOP Governors to Biden: Back Off Project Labor Agreement Mandates

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON, April 26—Associated Builders and Contractors today applauded a letter sent to President Joe Biden by 16 Republican governors, led by Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Bill Lee of Tennessee, opposing the Biden administration’s policies promoting government-mandated project labor agreements on taxpayer-funded construction projects.

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NEPA Rule Will Cause Needless Delays for Small Businesses and Increase Costs for Taxpayers, Says ABC

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 8:54 AM

WASHINGTON, April 19—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck today issued the following statement on the final National Environmental Policy Act rule.

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