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Politics and Policy

ABC Celebrates Passage of Historic Tax Reform Bill

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:55 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman released the following statement after Congress passed The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“This is a historic day for the construction industry. For too long, ABC’s 21,000-plus members have paid the highest effective tax rate of any sector of the economy. We are a capital-intensive, domestically oriented industry comprised mostly of small, family owned and closely held merit shop construction companies employing hardworking Americans.
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Merit Shop Scorecard 2017: ABC Ranks America's Construction Business Climate by State

Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:25 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its annual update to “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which takes stock of state policies that influence the success or failure of a free enterprise-based environment for construction companies.  
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ABC Praises Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Friday, November 3, 2017 3:29 PM
ABC thanked House Republicans for working diligently with the White House to get a long-overdue tax reform bill off the ground and begin the legislative process. Our members will feel the direct positive impact of this bill with another dollar in their paychecks, allowing them to create jobs and drive growth.
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ABC Releases Statement on Critical House Vote in Tax Reform Process

Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:45 AM
“We applaud House members for adopting the FY 2018 budget resolution that positions Congress to move forward with comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform without the threat of a filibuster
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ABC Urges House to Act Quickly After Senate Passes Budget, Preserving Path for Tax Reform

Friday, October 20, 2017 10:22 AM
Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), today issued the following statement on the passage of a budget by the U.S. Senate:
 “This important step by the Senate keeps the process on track to produce once-in-a-generation tax reform...
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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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