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Capitol Insider - April

April 2022



NUCA: Say NO to Suspending the Federal Gas Tax!

Washington Summit, May 23-25: One Month Away, Register Today!

OSHA Proposes Changes to Form 300 Recordkeeping Regs

Elections and NUCA/PAC: Going Strong Since 1976

Supreme Court Reinstates Trump-era Pipeline Rule

Second Session, 117th Congress Schedule

NUCA Official Letters To Congress

Sign Up For NUCA Advocacy Alerts!

Join NUCA's Government Affairs Committee

NUCA: Say NO To Suspending The Federal Gas Tax

NUCA is encouraging all of its members to contact their House and Senate lawmakers and oppose efforts to suspend the federal gasoline tax that would temporarily lower the cost of fuel. The government affairs department sent on April 5 a Muster advocacy alert to all NUCA members urging them to let their elected officials know this funding source is used to finance the core infrastructure projects signed into law last fall.

 

Our industry’s projects will bear the cost of suspended federal fuel taxes. Suspending only the federal gas tax directly threatens the infrastructure improvements NUCA advocated for under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) last November, and undermines $350 billion towards federal-aid highway apportioned programs. NUCA supports other federal action – such as enabling increased domestic oil/gas production and energy infrastructure construction – but we must oppose any proposal that would threaten the infrastructure dollars that fund the projects our members build.

If you haven't sent a Muster alert to your Members of Congress, it's not too late to do so. Simply click on the link below and you can send a pre-written email that urges them to oppose this legislation. Click here.

 

Washington Summit, May 23-25: One Month Away, Register Today!

Coming off the biggest legislative win this industry has ever seen with last year's $1.2 trillion infrastructure law will be a tough act to follow, but the job is not done. We hope you'll make plans to come to Washington, D.C. in late May and attend NUCA's 2022 Washington Summit.

 

There is much work on Capitol Hill for our members to accomplish. Check out the agenda at the official Summit website, WeDigAmerica.org.

 

Our day on Capitol Hill, May 25th, will begin with our breakfast policy discussions with key Washington lawmakers. The expanded morning event we have planned for Summit Day is scheduled to include Senators, select House committee leaders, and Administration officials who know the significant importance of infrastructure to our nation's economic and public health. 

 

Summit will emphasize an industry reality to officials: Now that we have the resources, we need the employees to finish these projects. Workforce development will be at the top of Summit's agenda, with a push to reform the H-2B visa program as a start. 

 

We're going to focus on the implementation phase of the IIJA, urging Congress to monitor USDOT and EPA programs affecting our projects. There will also be lobbying to increase future resources to replace all of the lead service lines in the U.S. and not just the critical ones deserving immediate attention.

 

We're also going to urge Congress to reform the private activity bond (PAB) laws, allowing for billions in private money to assist public resources in building our projects. 

 

We look forward to seeing you in Washington later this spring! Please contact your NUCA Chapter for a list of lawmaker meetings they are scheduling for attendees.

 

Registration:

Registration for the May 23-25 Washington Summit is now open. Register here.

 

Hotel:

The Summit will be headquartered again at the convenient Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20005. Book hotel here.

Elections and NUCA/PAC: Going Strong Since 1976

NUCA's Political Action Committee, NUCA/PAC, is your strong voice on Capitol Hill - supporting pro-infrastructure policies, and defending your business against harmful laws and regulations that can affect your bottom line.

 

NUCA/PAC enables the American utility construction industry to approach vital public policy issues by helping to elect like-minded Members of Congress. 

 

Get engaged in the process by authorizing NUCA/PAC to share information with you and your employees. However, Federal law requires NUCA/PAC to first obtain your written permission to solicit your voluntary contributions.

 

Please click here for the NUCA/PAC authorization form. (You will need you NUCA member logon. If you do not have it, please contact NUCA's Lauren Hensley at lauren@nuca.com or 703-358-9300.)

 

2022 will prove to be an exciting election cycle for Congress. NUCA/PAC will be engaged and involved--let's make our industry's PAC the strongest it can be.

OSHA Proposes Changes to Form 300 Recordkeeping Regs

A change proposed to OSHA's Form 300 in the Obama Administration is back on the regulatory docket. On March 30, OSHA published a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change the occupational injury and illness recordkeeping requirements currently used by employers. The proposal seeks to require some employers with over 100 employees to enter much of the same data that would have been required under the original 2016 rule. 

 

Specifically, OSHA proposes to amend its regulation to require establishments with 100 or more employees in certain designated industries to electronically submit information from their OSHA Forms 300, 301, and 300A to OSHA once a year. In addition, the proposed rule would remove the current requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees, not in a designated industry, to electronically submit information from their Form 300A to OSHA on an annual basis. 

 

The new standard is still in the proposal stage and may encounter legal challenges. Employers can submit comments until May 31, 2022. NUCA is seeking more information about the Biden Administration's proposal and how extensively the utility construction industry would be affected by this change. More here.

Supreme Court Reinstates Trump-Era Pipeline Construction Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 6 reinstated, for now, a Trump-era rule that restricted the power of states and Native American tribes to block pipelines and other energy projects. The justices agreed 5-4 to halt a lower court judge’s order throwing out the rule and sending it back to the Environmental Protection Agency. The Biden Administration has said it intends to rewrite the rule, but the administration has said a final rule is not expected until the spring of 2023. The Trump-era rule affecting Section 401 of the Clean Water Act will remain in effect until then.

 

Since the 1970s, it had been the rule that a federal agency could not issue a license or permit to conduct any activity that could result in any discharge into navigable waters unless the affected state or tribe certified that the discharge was complied with the Clean Water Act and state law, or waived certification. In 2020, the Trump Administration curtailed EPA's review power after complaints that state officials had used the permitting process to stop new energy projects. The Trump Administration said its actions would advance their goal to fast-track energy projects such as oil and natural gas pipelines. More here. 

Record All Your Jobsite Incidents With Just One App: NUCA WINS

NUCA WINS 2.1 offers even more valuable new features and enhancements. NUCA WINS 2.1 now allows multiple incidents to be linked together in one documented event.

 

Whether your supervisors need to document injury, damage, or safety events, they can now do it all from one convenient, intuitive app, right on their tablet or smartphone. Your company will benefit from accurate and timely reporting, and receive immediate notification in case of any jobsite incidents.

 

NUCA WINS 2.1 is your one-stop app for all adverse event recording and tracking.

Visit NUCAWins.com to learn more and schedule a demo of the app.

Second Session, 117th Congress Schedule

Congress is on recess until April 25. It will return to regular order until Friday, May 27, when it goes on recess for a week for Memorial Day. Summit week will include a mix of full Senate votes and House committee action. For a 2022 Congressional calendar that shows both House and Senate schedules for the rest of the year, go here.

NUCA Official Letters To Congress & Federal Agencies

February 28, 2022 - Coalition Letter to Congress: Support the Fair and Open Competition Act (S. 403/H.R. 1284)

 

All formal NUCA correspondence with Congress and federal regulatory agencies can be found at nuca.com/letters.

Sign Up For NUCA Advocacy Alerts!

If you're a NUCA member, your Washington governments affairs team wants you to be part of our Capitol Hill advocacy program! NUCA urges you to sign up to receive our Muster advocacy alerts. These emails will alert you to pending legislative action where your opinion can make a difference.

It's easy to sign up via the link below. Use your personal home address if you can do so, since our online Muster advocacy program finds your members of Congress via your voter registration address. But business addresses work just as well to receive our alerts.

I'm a NUCA member and I want to receive NUCA's Advocacy Alerts!

NUCA’s Government Affairs office can be contacted at:
Office: 703-750-1326 Eben Wyman, Principal: eben@wymanassociates.net

Zack Perconti, Associate: zack@wymanassociates.net