Discussions Continue on Phase 4 Recovery Package

The U.S. House of Representatives was originally scheduled to return next week, but without a firm deal in place to pass an additional recovery bill House Democrats have delayed their plans to return to D.C. while Congress and the Administration continue discussions surrounding the next package to address the ongoing health and economic crisis.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and a number of other Republicans have indicated they want to wait and assess the implementation of current programs before proceeding with additional deficit spending. However, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have already begun working on Democrat demands for a Phase Four package that would likely seek to include additional aid to state and local governments, social safety net expansion, including unemployment benefits and nutritional assistance; expanded workplace safety protections for front-line workers; a “Heroes Fund” to provide hazard pay to front-line workers; additional health care funds; and additional direct payments to individuals. White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said the administration is weighing the idea of more aid to individuals, possibly adding to the first stimulus package’s $1,200 direct payment per qualified person.

On Sunday, Secretary Steven Mnuchin also said the Trump administration is considering government loans to help out the oil and gas industry, which has undergone severe economic damage during the pandemic. Congress so far has declined to provide the funding due to opposition from Democrats who oppose aiding the oil industry; however, Treasury still has roughly $250 billion in untapped funds allotted from the CARES Act that can be used in conjunction with the Federal Reserve to provide liquidity with the Secretary’s broad discretion.

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ABC Responds to Biden’s Infrastructure Plan That Is Rife With ABC-opposed Labor Policies:

By |March 31st, 2021|Categories: Federal Update, Statewide|

On March 31, the Biden administration released a more than $2 trillion infrastructure outline titled the “American Jobs Plan.” While the plan calls for federal spending over the next eight years to improve the nation’s infrastructure, including for transportation, broadband, energy, and drinking water, it also includes funding for schools and child-care facilities, affordable housing, workforce development and manufacturing.

Builders: Katko’s Vote Aiding Labor Unions Reduces Workers’ Rights

By |March 26th, 2021|Categories: ABC Press Release, News, Statewide|

The point here is this: The PRO Act is not for workers, as Congress claims, Katko made a bad vote, and our membership knows it. As they say, “the devil is in the details” and Congressman, it doesn’t seem like you looked through the fine print.

ABC’s 2021 Women in Construction Week Celebrates Amber French!

By |March 9th, 2021|Categories: News, Statewide|

Amber began her journey as an electrician in 2013. As a single mother of three boys, at the time, she knew that she needed a solid way to provide for her children while teaching them the value of hard work. 

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