1. On Thursday, May 25th NECA contractor Greg Long addressed the House Small Business Committee at a hearing covering the issue of change orders. The hearing lasted nearly two hours and covered everything from profit margins to bonding procedures. Members of the Committee were extremely receptive to Mr. Long’s professional insights and appeared to be unified regarding the need for change order reform.
NECA’s Look Ahead: This is NECA’s second appearance before a Congressional committee this year and we hope to continue the tremendous rate of exposure our industry and issues have received. NECA will remain a top figure for information and experience as the change order conversation continues.
2. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) along with Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Chairman Steve Knight (R-CA), introduced the “Small Business Payment for Performance Act of 2017,” which offers our contractors the ability to continue work without fear of withheld payments for change orders. The bill requires a partial payment of 50 percent within the time frame specified by the Prompt Payment Act for any additional change order work. View NECA’s statement on the bill here.
NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA, as a member of the Construction Industry Procurement Coalition, has been an avid supporter of this type of change order reform and is extremely excited for the prospect of this bill making its way to the House floor for a full vote.
3. The Congressional Budget Office released its long awaited analysis on the American Health Care Act which passed the House by a narrow margin late last month. The independent office found that the health care bill would amount to 23 million fewer people having healthcare by 2026. Although the bill was touted by republican offices as cutting the country’s deficit by $119 billion over the next decade, many critics view this as a result of its cuts to Medicaid and private insurance subsidies.
NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA will continue to monitor this legislation, which is expected to undergo extreme rewriting in the Senate. We will also continue to denounce the inclusion of the so-called Cadillac Tax which unfairly taxes the employer-provided health care system for providing workers with a truly substantial health care option.