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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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ABC Applauds NEPA Reform Bills to Modernize Permitting Process

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:50 PM

WASHINGTON, March 9—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement applauding Sen. Mike Lee (R - Utah) for introducing the UNSHACKLE Act, along with several other pieces of legislation, today to improve and modernize the federal permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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ABC: House Vote on the PRO Act Would Strip Workers of Their Privacy, Freedom and Choice

Monday, March 8, 2021 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON, March 8—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman today released the following statement strongly opposing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (H.R. 842). The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the PRO Act this week.

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It’s Time to Overhaul the 90-year-old Davis-Bacon Act, Says ABC

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, March 3—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement from Ben Brubeck, ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs, on the 90th anniversary of the Davis-Bacon Act, a 1931 law that requires contractors and subcontractors that perform work on federally funded or assisted construction contracts in excess of $2,000 to pay a government-determined prevailing wage and benefit rate on an hourly basis to on-site workers.

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ABC Opposes H.R. 1, an Attack on Free Speech

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON, March 2—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement from Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen voicing its strong opposition to H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, which is expected to be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 3.

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ABC Applauds Bill to Increase Fair and Open Competition on Taxpayer-funded Construction Contracts

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:06 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24—Associated Builders and Contractors today voiced its strong support for the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1284 / S. 403), which was introduced today by Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.).

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ABC Statement on Senate Committee Vote Approving Nomination of Mayor Walsh as Labor Secretary

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11— Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement on the vote by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to approve the nomination of Mayor Marty Walsh as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Congress’s Reintroduction of the PRO Act Will Do Anything But ‘Build Back Better,’ Says ABC

Thursday, February 4, 2021 3:48 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement today in response to Congress’s reintroduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

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Arizona Is the No. 1 Merit Shop Construction State, According to ABC’s 2020 Scorecard

Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:25 PM

ABC released its 2020 Merit Shop Scorecard today, an annual ranking based on state policies and programs that encourage workforce development, strengthen career and technical education, grow careers in construction and promote fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects.

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