Advocacy

ABC is the AMA, AARP or NRA of the construction industry. As a member of ABC, your voice is heard in the local, state and national legislative branches. Your membership includes being part of ABC of Florida, which represent all five Florida chapters in governmental affairs. ABC of Florida employs a full time lobbyist during the legislative session, assisted by the number one outside lobbying firm Gray Robinson. ABC national has a Governmental Affairs department and two full time national lobbyists that monitor the pulse of all national legislative issues that effect the construction industry and advocates for Free Enterprise and Merit Shop legislation. ABC is the only association that represents the general contractor, sub-contractors and construction related associates collectively

2017 State Priority Bills

As a member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), you are a vital part of our legislative efforts to be the voice of the construction industry and further the merit shop philosophy. As a voter and a constituent, your representatives are very interested in what you have to say. Use your knowledge and experience to promote grassroots activity, especially among other ABC members and your employees.

National Legislative Priorities

The Davis-Bacon Act is an 80-year-old wage subsidy law administered and enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that mandates so-called “prevailing” wages for work performed on federally financed construction projects. Davis-Bacon hinders economic growth, increases the federal deficit, imposes enormous burdens that stifle contractor productivity, ignores skill differences for different jobs, and imposes rigid craft work rules.

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Anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) are special interest schemes that end open, fair and competitive bidding on contracts to build taxpayer- funded construction projects. Government-mandated PLAs discourage merit shop contractors from bidding on taxpayer- funded construction contracts and drive up costs between 12 percent and 18 percent, which results in fewer infrastructure improvements and reduced construction industry job creation.

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The five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is tasked with interpreting and enforcing the National Labor Relations Act. The agency is supposed to serve as a neutral arbiter of federal labor law, but under the Obama administration it has promoted the narrow policy goals of politically powerful unions.

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Under current law, construction contractors cannot use the completed contract method (CCM) of accounting if average annual gross receipts exceed $10 million, which has not been adjusted for inflation since 1986. H.R. 1993 would increase the threshold to $40 million and would index the threshold for inflation. Adjusting this threshold for inflation would allow more than 90 percent of ABC members that are small businesses to utilize CCM.

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ABC is troubled by the energy and environmental policy actions of the Obama administration, which have been moving forward—without congressional approval—via regulation and other administrative methods. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has brazenly pursued costly and burdensome regulations without regard for the grave implications they would have on American businesses and their employees.

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President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13673, known as the “Blacklisting” EO because it could prevent some federal contractors from winning future federal contracts, will discourage qualified large and small businesses from pursuing federal contracts, threaten the livelihood of millions of Americans and increase costs to taxpayers.

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Providing quality health care benefits is a top priority for ABC and its member companies. ABC continues to call on Congress to advance common-sense health care solutions that will provide greater choice and affordability.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the massive health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Five years later, the Obama administration has faced dozens of lawsuits challenging the legality of certain provisions in the ACA, issued thousands of pages of complex regulations implementing the law, and struggled to sufficiently educate businesses about the law’s employer provisions. The ACA continues to create uncertainty and confusion in the construction industry, making it difficult for the nation’s contractors to plan for the future and create jobs.

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