Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates

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Federal Update 10/15/18

The House and Senate are both in recess through the election with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel striking a deal with Senate Democrats to confirm three circuit court and 12 district court judges, allowing Democratic Senators in tough re-elections campaigns to hit the trail back in their home states. OSHA Clarification on Drug Testing and Incentive Programs On Oct. 11, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a memorandum clarifying its position on workplace safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing included in the 2016 final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (also known as the Electronic Injury Reporting and Anti-Retaliation final rule), issued under the Obama administration. ABC National plans to offer a webinar on the memo—details should be announced this week. Infrastructure Update: On Oct. 10, the U.S. Senate approved the America’s Water Infrastructure Act, a waterways infrastructure bill that requires reau ...

Nonresidential Spending Reaches New High in August, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1— National nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.7 percent in August to its highest level since the U.S. Census Bureau began the data series in 2002, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis released today. Total nonresidential spending stood at $762.7 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate in August, which represents an increase of 8.4 percent compared to one year ago. Private nonresidential spending fell 0.2 percent in August largely due to a 1.3 percent decline in power-related spending, the largest private construction spending category, and public nonresidential spending increased 2 percent. “The good news on the nation’s economy and the construction sector just keeps coming,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The increase in overall nonresidential construction spending was reasonably predictable given the predominance of positive leading indicators such as ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator, which r ...

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