CAGC Delegation Lobbies Carolinas Congressional Delegation for Construction Support at NCLC

September 28, 2022

CAGC Delegates In front of the U.S. Capitol Building

Last week CAGC leaders, including members and staff, met in Washington, D.C. with Congressional Delegations from the Carolinas to urge their support of infrastructure and Career Technical Education (CTE) funding, and to oppose mandatory Project Labor Agreements pushed by unions, burdensome Buy America provisions that will create unnecessary red tape and proposed heat standards that would be extremely impractical for the construction industry.

The three-day National and Chapter Leadership Conference, held Sept. 18-20, featured business and political sessions, networking events and visits to Capitol Hill by about 300 representatives of AGC of America’s 89 chapters, including CAGC.

“This year’s AGC National Chapter Leadership Conference again gave us a great opportunity to help support the construction industry in the Carolinas by informing us of the latest on what we need to know politically, and then having us do something about it by making personal visits with our Congressional delegations in North and South Carolina,” said Charlie Wilson, Chair of the CAGC Board of Directors.

CAGC representatives participating in the AGC of America event included the five Board of Director officers: Charlie Wilson, President; Mark Johnnie, Chair Elect; Dean Wilson, Treasurer; Ty Edmondson, Vice Chair; and Casey Schwager, Immediate Past Chair. Also participating in the annual outing were Dave Simpson, CAGC President & CEO, and Allen Gray, Director of AGC’s Utility Infrastructure Division and former CAGC Utility Division Director.

A highlight of the trip included personal visits with U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC (who supported CAGC’s push to do more with immigration efforts to ease the construction workforce shortage, including his support of asylum reform), and U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, who voiced support about continuing to significantly increase CTE funding. In addition, the CAGC delegation met with the staffs of U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Richard Burr, R-NC, and U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry and Virginia Foxx, both of NC.

Some key points of the messaging to members of Congress included:

  • More needs to be done with guest worker relief and immigration reform, including extending DACA & TPS, to allow badly needed and qualified people into the construction industry at a time when the workforce shortage is our number-one challenge. 

  • Continue increasing CTE funding at a time when federal funding is running at $27B for CTE versus $101B for higher education.

  • Oppose government-mandated Project Labor Agreements on federal projects.

  • Oppose HR 2193 involving federal heat standards and instead support industry efforts and best practices. 
CAGC Delegation Working the Congressional Halls Meeting with Colleagues

Members of the CAGC Delegation recently visited Washington D.C. to meet with Congressional Delegations from the Carolinas. Pictured here working the congressional halls from left to right are Dave Simpson, CAGC President and CEO, and Board of Directors Officers; Ty Edmondson, Vice Chair; Charlie Wilson, Board Chair; Mark Johnnie, Chair Elect; Casey Schwager, Immediate Past Chair; and Dean Wilson, Treasurer.

CAGC Delegation in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.

The CAGC Delegation worked to support infrastructure and Career Technical Education funding and oppose mandatory Project Labor Agreements, burdensome Buy America provisions and proposed heat standards that would be extremely impractical for the construction industry.

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, R0-NC, meet with CAGC Delegation

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, R0-NC, meets with CAGC Delegation.

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC, with CAGC Delegation

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC (sixth from left), with CAGC Delegation and Allen Gray, (second from left) Director of AGC of America’s Utility Infrastructure Division and former CAGC Utility Division Director.

U.S. Representative Joe Wilson, R-SC, with CAGC Delegation

U.S. Representative Joe Wilson, R-SC, with CAGC Delegation with Allen Gray.

CAGC Delegation with Washington Monument in background

Members of the CAGC Delegation on their recent trip to Washington D.C. to meet with Congressional Delegations from the Carolinas.