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Politics and Policy

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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ABC, NAHB Applaud D.C. Circuit Court Decision to Reject Lawsuit to Compel OSHA to Issue Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Diseases/COVID-19

Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:03 PM

WASHINGTON, June 11—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development Greg Sizemore and National Association of Home Builders Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard issued the following joint statement today on the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision to reject a lawsuit brought by the AFL-CIO to compel the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an “emergency temporary standard” for infectious diseases/COVID-19:

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ABC Urges Swift Action in the Senate to Enact Paycheck Protection Program Fixes

Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:14 PM

WASHINGTON, May 28—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today lauded the passage of H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives and urged the U.S. Senate to quickly take up the legislation:

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ABC, AICPA, NFIB, S Corporation Association and Other Small Business Advocates Say SBA Must Issue More Clear Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness, Focus on Program’s Intent

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON, May 12Today, Associated Builders and Contractors, American Institute of CPAs, National Federation of Independent Business, the S Corporation Association and four other small business advocates issued the following statement in response to the lack of clear and consistent guidance from the Department of the Treasury’s and Small Business Administration’s on the Paycheck Protection Program. The statement is also supported by the National Electrical Contractors Association, American Council of Engineering Companies and the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. Together, these groups represent the voice of several million small businesses.

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Additional PPP Loan Funding a Vital Lifeline for Construction Industry, Says ABC

Friday, April 24, 2020 12:40 PM

WASHINGTON, April 24—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today issued the following statement on the signing of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provides additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program:

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ABC Helps to Author Strategy for Safe, Strong Recovery as Part of Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:19 PM

WASHINGTON, April 15—Associated Builders and Contractors President and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Bellaman today issued the following statement regarding the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups:

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The CARES Act is a Critical Lifeline for Construction Industry, Small Business Community, Says ABC

Friday, March 27, 2020 4:14 PM

WASHINGTON, March 27—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today issued the following statement about the signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which provides $2 trillion in federal funding and programs to address the ongoing coronavirus crisis:

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ABC Comments on DOL’s Final IRAP Rule

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:29 AM

WASHINGTON, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development Greg Sizemore today issued the following statement on the release of the final Department of Labor industry-recognized apprenticeship rule:

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