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House, Senate Approve Dueling Budgets

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate last week voted to pass their respective budget resolutions, marking the first time in four years that both chambers of Congress have approved a fiscal plan for the federal government. Read the rest of entry »

House Committee Approves Bill to Limit NLRB Actions

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce March 20 approved a bill that would require the National Labor Relations Board to stop all activity that requires a three-member quorum until the legal disputes involving the board are resolved. 
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Health Care Law Continues to Create Uncertainty and Confusion

On the eve of the third anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ABC March 22 issued a statement calling attention to how the health care law continues to create uncertainty and confusion in the construction industry, making it difficult for the nation’s contractors to plan for the future.
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House Passes ABC-supported Job Training Reform Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives March 15 voted 215-202 to pass the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (H.R. 803), which will strengthen the workforce development system and increase employment opportunities by creating a more streamlined approach that focuses on businesses’ hiring and training needs.
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ABC and Coalition Comment on Employer Provisions in Health Care Law

As part of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care Coalition, ABC March 15 submitted comments to the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service in response to a Dec. 28 proposed rule on the employer shared responsibility provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Groups Continue to Support Bill to Repeal Health Insurance Tax

The Stop the HIT Coalition, of which ABC is a member, March 19 sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate offering support for the Jobs and Premium Protection Act of 2013, introduced by Sen. John Barrasso and Sen. Orrin Hatch, that would repeal the health insurance tax provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 
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ABC Outlines Features of a Successful Guestworker Program

ABC March 13 joined five other construction groups to send a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections outlining the features of a successful guestworker program in response to a hearing, "Examining the Role of Lower-Skilled Guest Worker Programs in Today's Economy.” 
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NLRB to Seek Supreme Court Review of “Recess” Appointment Decision

The National Labor Relations Board March 12 announced it will file a petition with the United States Supreme Court for review of a Jan. 25 decision by an appeals court, which found President Obama’s “recess” appointment of members to the board in early 2012 was unconstitutional. 
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ABC Members Send 3200 Letters to Elected Officials Using ABC Advocacy App

Since its launch in February, ABC members have used the ABC Action app to send more than 3200 letters to their elected officials addressing issues critical to the merit shop construction industry. 
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USACE Issues PLA Survey for Florida Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is soliciting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a large-scale school construction project in Duke Field, Fla. and the surrounding area. 
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