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Politics and Policy

ABC Member Testifies to Congress: President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Would Devastate Small Business

Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:29 PM

WASHINGTON, June 10—Today, Annie Mecias-Murphy, co-owner and president of Associated Builders and Contractors member JA&M Developing Corp., headquartered in Pembroke Pines, Florida, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure on the negative impacts that the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan would have on small business contractors.

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ABC’s Sizemore Appointed to Serve on OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:41 AM

WASHINGTON, May 27—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced that Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Labor to serve as a representative for U.S. construction employers on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, which provides advice and assistance to the assistant secretary on occupational safety and health in construction standards.

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ABC to the White House: Do Not Exclude 87% of America’s Construction Industry From Your Infrastructure Plan

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 11—Today, Associated Builders and Contractors and more than 900 member companies and chapters from 47 states sent a letter to the White House highlighting concerns with President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan and recommendations to improve it, streamlining the permitting process and supporting bipartisan workforce development efforts. The letter also voiced strong opposition to the Protect the Right to Organize Act.

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ABC Slams DOL Withdrawal of Independent Contractor Rule

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON, May 5—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement that it will withdraw the independent contractor rule.

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President Biden’s Tax Plan Would Hit Small and Family-owned Businesses the Hardest, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 5:44 PM

WASHINGTON, April 28—In response to reports that President Biden will tonight announce tax increases as he details his American Families Plan, Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement.

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ABC Statement on President Biden’s First 100 Days in Office

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:50 PM

WASHINGTON, April 28—Ahead of President Joe Biden’s first congressional address, Associated Builders and Contractors issued the following statement from Michael Bellaman, its president and CEO, on key merit shop construction industry priorities that should be considered by the administration.

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ABC Reacts to Republican Lawmakers’ Infrastructure Framework

Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:56 PM

WASHINGTON, April 22—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement in reaction to the Republican lawmakers’ infrastructure framework.

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ABC Calls for Fair and Open Competition, Bipartisan Ideas in Infrastructure Plan

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON, March 31—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman today issued the following statement responding to President Biden’s announcement of a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan.

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ABC Statement on Senate Confirmation of Mayor Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary

Monday, March 22, 2021 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON, March 22— Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement on U.S. Senate confirmation of Mayor Marty Walsh as the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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ABC Condemns Biden Administration’s Proposals to Rescind DOL’s Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Final Rules

Thursday, March 11, 2021 11:43 AM

WASHINGTON, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement from Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck on the Biden administration’s proposals to rescind the U.S. Department of Labor’s joint employer and independent contractor final rules.

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