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NECA Top Three 10/14/16

Oct 13, 2016

1. NECA and its partners in the Construction Employers of America (CEA) sent letters to the transition teams for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that detailed policy recommendations to support American small businesses and strengthen and expand our middle class by creating high-paying jobs in the specialty construction industry.  The letters to the Trump and Clinton transition teams outline infrastructure investments, labor policies, and apprenticeship programs that the next presidential administration must address through legislation or executive action.

NECA’s Look Ahead: CEA and its member associations look forward to working with the next administration to implement sound policies that invest in our future. CEA provided policy recommendations for the next administration that will support the specialty construction industry and grow our economy:

  • Promote Sound Infrastructure Policies and invest in our nation’s aging infrastructure
  • Modernize Retirement Plan Options through federal authorization of composite plans
  • Prepare the Next Generation of Skilled Workers by supporting apprenticeship training programs
  • Invest in Energy Efficient Buildings and set and enforce strong and attainable building codes
  • Enhance Manufacturing Efficiency and support policies that advance the deployment of combined heat and power and waste heat to power technologies
  • Support Responsible Employers Through Bid Listing and require prime contractor project winners to use the listed subcontractor at the price listed
  • Close Employee Misclassification Loophole through reform of existing tax law to identify bad actors so the government can recoup lost tax revenue

2. NECA, along with over 30 of the nation's leading business, labor, transportation and travel groups called on both major party presidential candidates to include long-term, sustainable funding measures as part of their infrastructure plans and are offering to help get those plans enacted in letters sent to the Clinton and Trump campaigns. The various groups said that finding ways to pay for future improvements to the nation's transportation infrastructure would help boost employment levels and economic growth.

NECA’s Look Ahead: The surface transportation law that was enacted at the end of 2015 failed to include measures to ensure the long-term solvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund, the source of the vast-majority of federal funding for highway, transit and other surface transportation projects in the country. The groups added that in addition to supporting legislative proposals from either of the two candidates that include long-term funding measures, they also stand ready to assist the next presidential administration in formulating and implementing their infrastructure agenda. 

3. NECA and its surety bonding coalition partners sent a letter to the Federal Acquisition Reform (FAR) Council urging the council to implement an important statutory change regarding the types of assets that individual sureties can pledge to support their surety bonds on federal construction contracts. Section 874 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 amends Title 31 USCA § 9304 to require individual sureties to use only “eligible obligations” as defined in 31 CFR Part 223, as collateral for their obligations to the federal agencies and to deposit such assets in the care and custody of the federal government. 

NECA’s Look Ahead: The signatory associations request that the current FAR regulations, specifically FAR 28.203-2(b)(3), be revised and made consistent with the statutory changes adopted in the FY 2016 NDAA prior to the November 30, 2016, effective date of the new requirements.