Washington, June 24—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman today released the following statement regarding President Biden’s announcement signaling a bipartisan agreement on a $953 billion infrastructure plan:
“ABC is encouraged by the still-developing bipartisan agreement on an investment in America’s infrastructure. This is an important step towards getting the infrastructure investment American taxpayers need and deserve. While we wait for more details to emerge, ABC remains concerned with the two-pronged approach emerging from Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration, which would seek to pair this agreement with a subsequent effort to use the budget reconciliation process to enact partisan tax hikes and restrictive labor policies concurrent with any potential bipartisan agreement.
“Any infrastructure package should ensure that small construction businesses, which make up 99% of the industry, flourish through fair and open competition, which means the Biden administration and Congress must avoid enacting partisan policies such as the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, government-mandated project labor agreements and a one-size-fits-all approach to workforce development. A bipartisan deal should mean everyone is welcome to rebuild America, regardless of whether they are affiliated with a labor union.”
Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at abc.org.