1. In response to the challenges facing the multiemployer system, Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) introduced the NECA-supported bipartisan Giving Retirement Options for Workers (GROW) Act (HR 4997) on February 13.
The legislation, which was carefully developed over the past several years, aims to do three things:
- Modernizes the multiemployer system
- Strengthens retirement security for workers while protecting retirees in traditional multiemployer pensions
- Fosters business growth and competitiveness by providing greater certainty and stability for employers
As long advocated by NECA, the GROW plan would allow for the use of composite plans and would create a sustainable and viable retirement option for our contractors and workers.
NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA strongly supports the GROW Plan and urges Congress to take swift action to approve the legislation. Please take action and write your Senators and Representatives today and encourage them to cosponsor this legislation.
2. On February 12, 2018, President Donald Trump released his long awaited $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, “Building A Stronger America.” NECA released the following statement on the proposal.
NECA’s Look Ahead: The plan was received with overall positivity. NECA CEO John Grau was invited to participate in a stakeholder conference call with the White House, led by Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure Policy DJ Gribbin. Additionally, NECA released two more statements in conjunction with the Construction Employers of American (CEA), and the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC). Although the plan calls on Congress to invest only $200 billion of the $1.5 trillion, raising that amount of money will prove to be a significant challenge for the gridlocked Congress. NECA will continue to advocate for the much-needed investment in our nation’s infrastructure and will regularly update members as the legislation advances. Please read NECA’s detailed analysis of the plan.
3. In an effort to advance NECA’s positions on federal government set-aside programs, a NECA contractor from Louisiana came to Washington, D.C. to speak with lawmakers from the House Small Business Committee regarding his experience and recommendations for the program.
NECA’s Look Ahead: While well intentioned, the Small Business Administration’s implementation of the 8(a) program remains inadequate to compensate for the roadblocks found across the federal procurement industry. NECA will continue to advocate for its common-sense recommendations and solutions to many of the woes facing the 8(a) program.