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Politics and Policy

Tax Reform Framework a Major Step Forward, Says ABC

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:06 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27—Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), issued the following statement supporting the Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code released today by congressional and administration leaders:
 
“The tax framework released today marks a promising step forward for the first genuine reform of the tax code in a generation. Associated Builders and Contractors is encouraged by the proposal, and we strongly support the tax reform process moving forward.
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ABC Applauds Confirmation of William Emanuel to NLRB

Monday, September 25, 2017 6:00 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25--Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement from Kristen Swearingen, vice president of Legislative & Political Affairs, on the confirmation of William Emanuel to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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CSLB Urges Swift Passage of Save Local Business Act

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:10 PM
WASHINGTON, September 13—Coalition to Save Local Businesses Executive Director Michael Layman released the below statement on today’s House Education and the Workforce joint subcommittee hearing on the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441). Read the rest of entry »

ABC Praises Trump Administration Regulatory Rollbacks in SBA Testimony

Monday, August 28, 2017 10:57 AM
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today praised the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back burdensome regulations that drive up construction costs and hold back small business hiring and expansion. 

Testifying at the 2017 National Regulatory Fairness Hearing at the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of the National Ombudsman on Aug. 28, ABC General Counsel Maury Baskin Esq. of Littler Mendelson P.C. urged action on the “persuader,” overtime and silica rules, the new “joint employer” standard, and other onerous rulemakings and policies.
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ABC Applauds Introduction of the Save Local Business Act to Rein In ‘Joint Employer’ Standard

Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:29 PM
WASHINGTON, July 28--Kristen Swearingen, vice president of Legislative & Political Affairs at Associated Builders and Contractors and chair of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Save Local Business Act, which would roll back the Obama administration’s expanded definition of “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act:
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Broad Business Coalition Seeks Rollback of New Joint Employer Standard

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:57 AM
WASHINGTON, July 12 — Coalition to Save Local Businesses Executive Director Michael Layman released the below statement on today’s House Education and the Workforce full committee hearing exploring the impact of the NLRB’s expanded joint employer standard. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Hails Florida Legislation That Encourages Competition in Bidding on Public Construction Projects

Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:07 AM

Washington, June 15—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) for signing legislation into law that will promote open competition in the procurement of construction services funded by Florida taxpayers. 
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HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Headline ABC’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit

Friday, June 2, 2017 9:22 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will deliver the keynote address at its annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit, June 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The summit is part of ABC Legislative Week, which also features legal and legislative updates, meetings with lawmakers and political advocacy sessions for ABC Young Professionals.
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Missouri Governor Signs ABC-supported Law to Protect Taxpayers, Construction Industry from Project Labor Agreement Mandates; ABC Urges Federal Action

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 5:03 PM
WASHINGTON, May 30—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Eric Greitens (R-Mo.) for signing legislation into law that will promote fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Missouri taxpayers. SB 182 ensures controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) cannot be mandated by the government on state, state-assisted and local construction projects, guaranteeing that the almost three out of four members of Missouri’s private construction workforce who have chosen not to join a labor union can fairly compete to work on projects funded by their own tax dollars. Read the rest of entry »

Trump Admin’s First 100 Days Have Brought Improved Business Climate for Construction Industry

Friday, April 28, 2017 2:33 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today praised President Trump for taking important steps to create a pro-growth business environment in a statement from ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman. Read the rest of entry »