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NECA Legislative Update: Top Three 2/2/18

Feb 01, 2018

Screenshot 2018-02-01 14.16.561. On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address to the joint session of Congress.

NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA is encouraged by the President’s call to invest $1.5 trillion in our nation’s infrastructure. NECA also believes that infrastructure investment is a rare opportunity where both Republicans and Democrats will be able to work together to achieve a long-term legislative solution. NECA CEO John Grau released a statement in response.

2. The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), passed legislation that is a top NECA priorityH.R. 3808, the Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. John Faso (R-NY), would reform liability laws for federally funded projects by eliminating “absolute liability” (a key component of what is commonly known as the “Scaffold Law”). H.R. 3808 passed by of vote of 16-14, largely along party lines, with Republicans supporting the bill.

NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA signed onto a broad coalition letter before the hearing and will continue to work closely with stakeholders on this important legislation. We will work with the coalition to grow the number of co-sponsors on the bill and encourage House leadership to bring the bill to a vote. Additionally, NECA will work with the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to include the legislative text in the larger House infrastructure package.

3. In anticipation of the upcoming debate over infrastructure investment, NECA delivered a letter to both the President and Congressional leadership urging for their continued federal support of Project Labor Agreements. Under current law, the federal government encourages the consideration of the use of PLAs on federal contracts over $25 million. This process has shown not only a clear benefit for reducing risk and cost for the federal government, but for advancing the interests of the electrical construction industry.

NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA continues to combat the ill-founded views of those who regard federal recommendations as mandates and who seek to burden the federal government and taxpayers with unnecessary risk.

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