ACEC National’s 2022 Legislative Agenda- Linda Bauer Darr, President/CEO ACEC

To the ACEC Community,

 

Advocating for the engineering industry is our primary focus at ACEC, and we’re starting the new year with a full agenda.

Topping the list is the passage of legislation to protect firms that took forgivable PPP loans during the pandemic and now face the prospect of having to return this critical assistance because of a flawed regulatory decision. We are working with our Capitol Hill allies to attach corrective legislation to the FY’22 appropriations package, as well as other potential vehicles. We’ll need your help in this effort, and you will hear from us soon about reaching out to your House and Senate members.

 Passage of that spending package is also a critical priority, both to keep federal agencies and programs operating and to fully realize the benefits of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) because some of the newly authorized transportation funds are on hold until the appropriations bill is finalized. We’re working with a broad coalition of stakeholders to push this process forward.

 Passage of the IIJA was one hallmark of ACEC’s advocacy efforts in 2021, but our work doesn’t stop there. We’re now focused on implementation, working with our policy committees to identify major challenges that might arise during the regulatory process, as well as to keep our members updated as new information becomes available. Click here to access ACEC’s resource center for the IIJA, which we update regularly with guidance from federal agencies and other resources.

 We’re also engaged with the Administration’s proposed vaccination policies, both for federal contractors and for businesses with 100 or more employees. The fate of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) affecting larger businesses is now in the hands of the Supreme Court, following many court challenges late last year. The Court will hear oral arguments later this week and could decide fairly quickly. The Executive Order affecting federal contractors remains on hold following numerous court challenges and will probably also be decided by the Supreme Court. We will keep you informed as information becomes available.

 The new year will no doubt present us with additional challenges and opportunities, including potential congressional action on tax code changes as part of the Build Back Better agenda and new Corps of Engineers water projects as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The talent shortage will no doubt present major challenges to our industry as we embark on new projects made possible by the IIJA. 

 What’s very clear is that 2022 will be a very busy year for our industry, with the skills and innovation of America’s engineering industry in demand more than ever before. ACEC will be there every step of the way to help, to guide, and where needed to lead.

 Thank you for being a part of the ACEC family, and I wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Linda Bauer Darr

President & CEO

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