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Politics and Policy

Associated Builders and Contractors Announces New Government Affairs Team Leads

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:47 AM
AssociatedBuilders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that it has promoted two staffers to lead its government affairs team. Ben Brubeck will serve as ABC’s vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs; and Kristen Swearingen will serve as vice president of legislative and political affairs. 
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ABC Applauds House Effort to Overturn Waters of the US Rule

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 12:35 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives passage of S.J. Res. 22, which requires the withdrawal of the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule under the Congressional Review Act. The bill passed by a vote of 253-166. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Lauds Bill to Increase Competition on Federal Construction Contracts

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 11:30 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 12 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s favorable reporting of the Government Neutrality in Contracting
Act (H.R. 1671) out of committee. The bill, introduced by Rep. Mulvaney (R-S.C.), will increase fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects by preventing federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLA) as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts. Read the rest of entry »

Carly Fiorina Addresses ABC Member Concerns in TeleForum

Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:18 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 7 – Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina addressed and responded to questions from members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum today. Fiorina answered questions from members of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business and National Retail Federation. Read the rest of entry »

Sen. Cruz Addresses ABC Member Concerns in TeleForum

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 3:40 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2 – Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) addressed and responded to questions from members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum today. Cruz answered questions from members of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business and National Retail Federation. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Releases Scorecard on State Policies Affecting the Construction Industry

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 11:05 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today launched “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which reviews and grades state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial construction industry. The scorecard website, meritshopscorecard.org, identifies states that have created an environment where merit shop contractors are well positioned to succeed and states where strategic improvements need to be made in order to create a friendly business climate. Read the rest of entry »

Jeb Bush Addresses ABC Member Concerns

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:30 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 17 – Presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addressed and responded to questions from members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum this evening. Bush answered questions from members of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business and National Retail Federation.
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Sen. Marco Rubio Addresses ABC Member Concerns

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 6:15 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 4 – Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) addressed and responded to questions from members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum this evening. Rubio answered questions from members of the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Associated General Contractors, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Federation of Independent Business and the National Retail Federation. Read the rest of entry »

Appeals Court Upholds Idaho Law Protecting Fair and Open Competition on Public Construction Projects

Friday, September 18, 2015 11:23 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and ABC’s Inland Pacific Chapter today celebrated a victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit set aside a lower court’s decision against an Idaho law that banned government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction projects.
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ABC Opposes NLRB’s Joint Employer Ruling Uprooting Decades-Old Standards

Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:26 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement in response to today’s National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) joint employer ruling in the Browning-Ferris Industries of California case. Read the rest of entry »