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AGC Announces Legislative Priorities

January 11, 2005. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) announced today its legislative priorities for the next two years, calling on Congress to increase investment in highway and transit improvements, expand infrastructure investment to promote economic growth (including navigation funding for waterways) and make tax cuts permanent.

“A strong construction industry is vital to our nation’s economy, particularly as recent employment rates indicate that 12 percent of the 2.2 million jobs created in the U.S. last year were in the construction industry,” said AGC CEO Stephen E. Sandherr. “AGC will continue to work closely with Congress and the White House to push for enactment of these important initiatives.”

Among its top priorities, AGC is committed to the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), a federal highway and transit program that will create jobs, reduce congestion, upgrade road conditions and save lives. At a time when approximately 84 percent of U.S. goods are delivered via the highway system, it is crucial to maintain and improve America’s road conditions.

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