1. On January 18, 2018, the House voted to avoid a government shutdown in support of a NECA-supported continuing resolution H.J.Res.125 - Making an extension of continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes. This bill will fund the government at FY 2017 levels until midnight on February 16, 2018. However as of this morning, the Senate has not yet scheduled a vote, due to the lack of votes needed to pass the continuing resolution. This bill needs a minimum of 60 votes and so far, only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), has publicly stated he would vote to keep the government open. Unless this bill is enacted or another agreement is reached, the government will shut down at 11:59pm tonight.
NECA’s Look Ahead: This would be the first government shutdown since 2013 and the reason is because the CR does not include a Democratic-backed deal on The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The CR did take up a top NECA legislative priority, the punitive excise tax or “Cadillac Tax” on the 178 million employer-provided healthcare plans nationwide. The bill will delay the “Cadillac Tax” until 2022. Additionally, the CR included a six-year extension of The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). NECA will continue to report on developments.
2. A bipartisan group of lawmakers called the “Problem Solvers Caucus” released their long-awaited infrastructure plan. The Problem Solvers Caucus is chaired by Rep.Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and the Infrastructure Working Group is chaired by Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT).
NECA’s Look Ahead: The Problem Solvers Caucus has created a bipartisan plan to fix many of the major problems facing the nation’s aging infrastructure. NECA will continue to support the caucus’ efforts to address the infrastructure issues facing the country and looks forward to legislative language to accompany their plan.
3. Earlier this week, Representatives Don Bacon (R-NE), Steve Knight (R-CA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Al Lawson (D-FL) reintroduced a revised version of the bipartisan Change Order Transparency for Federal Contractors Act. This legislation would require the contracting agency to provide details on their change order procedures and their historical performance data with solicitations.
NECA’s Look Ahead
: NECA strongly supports the Bipartisan Change Order Transparency for Federal Contractors Act and will work with its coalition members from within the construction industry to advance this legislation. We are thankful for the Representatives’ work and their willingness to address the change order issues that plague our industry.