Letters to the Hill

Sending letters to Congress and other government agencies allows ABC to publically advocate the views and interests of our members. These letters are welcomed and often sought because of the respected and influential voice of ABC Government Affairs.

Fri 04/16/2021 @ 02:02

On April 13, ABC joined alongside other trade associations in sending a letter to House leadership with concerns regarding H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. The letter noted "Our organizations and members believe employees should be compensated equitably and without discrimination. Nevertheless, we have serious concerns about H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and write to express our opposition." 

H.R. 7 would:
➢ threaten employee bonus or incentive pay that, by definition, provides some employees a higher wage than others;
➢ prohibit employees from negotiating higher pay either before being hired or during employment;
➢ require employers to submit expansive new pay data on their employees to the EEOC unrelated to the Equal Pay Act’s focus on gender-based pay discrimination;
➢ require the Labor Department to reinstate a duplicative pay grade survey that has proven ineffective at addressing gender wage disparities among federal contractors;
➢ make it easier for trial lawyers to file large class actions against employers by reducing the criteria for plaintiffs to opt-in to a mass action, thereby expanding these actions to include plaintiffs not truly “similarly situated;” and
➢ establish unlimited punitive and compensatory liability under the Equal Pay Act against employers of every size.

Thu 03/25/2021 @ 03:14

On March 25, the Senate passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 by a vote of 92-7 to extend the Paycheck Protection Program before it expires at the end of this month. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for signature as the House previously passed the bill that will extend the program until May 31. Earlier this month, ABC joined a coalition of small business organizations in support of the bipartisan PPP Extension Act of 2021. According to the SBA more than $90 billion in funding remains available through the program.  

Thu 03/18/2021 @ 02:57

On March 17, Sen. Mike Lee introduced the Davis-Bacon Repeal Act for the 117th Congress. ABC sent a letter of support for the bill, stating in part that “Eliminating or modernizing the Davis-Bacon Act would create the conditions for all qualified contractors and their skilled workforce to compete to rebuild their communities and give taxpayers additional value for investments in public works projects as Congress works to enact critical infrastructure modernization and America faces a $2.6 trillion infrastructure gap by 2029.”

Mon 03/15/2021 @ 12:40

On March 2, 2021, ABC wrote to U.S House Leadership voicing strong opposition for H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021:

This bill represents an attack on free speech and would cripple the business structure of nonprofit associations like ABC. ABC urges all members of the House of Representatives to vote against H.R. 1 and will consider this a “KEY VOTE” for our scorecard on the 117th Congress. 
H.R. 1 is a misguided attempt to reform our elections and campaign finance laws. In practice, the bill would discourage Americans from exercising their First Amendment right to free speech, politicize the agencies tasked with protecting our elections and expose hardworking taxpayers to harassment, intimidation and retribution. 

Fri 03/05/2021 @ 12:48

Today, ABC sent a key vote letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, expressing opposition for the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. (H.R. 842):

While proponents of this bill claim it would simply protect the ability of workers to join a union if they so choose, the PRO Act would instead strip workers of their privacy, freedom and choice. Additionally, the PRO Act would impose undue costs on our nation’s small businesses at a time when they have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are striving to maintain their operations and provide jobs for millions of hardworking taxpayers.