International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review

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.

AGC’s top legislative priorities include:
• Expanding infrastructure investment to promote economic growth
• Protecting and building on the successes of TEA-21 and AIR-21
• Supporting expansion of federal drinking water and wastewater funding
• Supporting water resources navigation and flood control funding
• Meeting America’s school construction needs
• Making Tax Cuts permanent
• Supporting changes to tax policies that promote investment business development and business expansion
• Supporting legislation to increase the availability of health insurance—such as association health plans and malpractice insurance reform
• Preserving justice and due process for constructors facing litigation
• Providing construction expertise to support homeland security
• Responding to the workforce needs to the industry with effective immigration reform

AGC represents the largest most diverse membership in the construction industry. The association’s grassroots efforts show that its members are intimately involved in the legislative process and are a critical force in continuing to strengthen America’s economy.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents more than 35000 firms including 7500 of America’s leading general contractors and over 12000 specialty-contracting firms. Over 14000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. The web address is: