Your South Texas AGC leaders represent you at the Capitol.
Corbin van Arsdale, Vice-President and Chief Council of the Texas Building Branch, escorted our group to discuss legislative issues concerning the construction industry. This day allowed us the great opportunity to visit with Representative Todd Hunter, Representative J.M. Lozano and Senator Hinojosa’s Chief of Staff.The South Texas AGC continues to stay informed and involved in legislative issues that pertain to our community and our industry.
In Attendance: Corbin van Arsdale (AGC/TBB) , Shannon Reynolds (Beecroft Construction), Mike Lippincott(Fulton Construction), Ray Jones (Fulton Construction), Debbie Schibi (South Texas AGC), Tommie Lee (TL MEP).
Today, the Committee on Ways and Means approved, by unanimous consent, H.R. 674, a bill to repeal 3 percent withholding. The House is expected to vote on the bill the week of Oct. 24. AGC is asking you to contact your representative to urge them to support passage of this legislation. Read More
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 50-49 to block the president’s $447 billion jobs plan from being considered on the Senate Floor. The House has no intention of considering the president’s plan as a whole. Read More
The Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act was introduced on Oct. 11, to reauthorize the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF), establish a Clean Water Trust Fund, and set up a federal loan guarantee program for water infrastructure projects. AGC supports the bill and will be actively recruiting cosponsors. Read More
September 12, 2011
In his testimony, Sandherr detailed AGC’s opposition to 3 percent government withholding, outlining the unfair burden it places on contractors. Sandherr proceeded to request that the IRS delay the enforcement of the withholding and recommended that the IRS provide additional guidance to assist pass-through and joint venture taxpayers comply with 3 percent government withholding. Go to the AGC National site to read the full remarks.
House Appropriations Subcommittee Cuts Highway and Transit Funding
September 10, 2011
This afternoon, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) voted out their fiscal year 2012 funding bill which significantly slashes funding for Federal-aid highway and Federal Transit programs. AGC urged the subcommittee to refrain from making more cuts to construction accounts when considering the THUD bill.
The bill is designed to use all the resources coming into the highway trust fund and the mass transit account. Itwould cut funding from $41.1 billion to $27.7 billion for highways and $8.3 billion to $5.2 billion for transit. These funding levels reflect the levels provided in the House passed Budget Resolution, which sought to limit spending from the Highway Trust Fund to the revenue received from the gas tax.
Chairman of the subcommittee Tom Latham (R-Iowa) was adamant in his support for additional funding for Highway Trust Fund programs in later iterations of the legislation if additional resources can be identified. However, he was bound to the funding levels set in the Budget Resolution. Ranking Member John Olver (D-Mass.) offered an amendment to restore the current funding levels. The amendment failed on a party line vote.
Chairman Latham, and other Republicans on the committee, expressed the need to pass a reauthorization bill and address the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund in the reauthorization. It is not clear whether or not the THUD appropriations bill will move through the House of Representatives.
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