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Politics and Policy

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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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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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 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: 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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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: 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 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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