ABC’s Free Enterprise Alliance Announces Million-dollar Issue Advocacy Ad Buy:
Official Press Release
ABC’s Free Enterprise Alliance today announced a million-dollar issue ad buy in 25 states nationwide. The advocacy campaign, which includes digital ads and mailers, will educate constituents on the dangers of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, highlight benefits of the Paycheck Protection Program and encourage voting in the upcoming election. The surround sound campaign will run through Election Day, Nov. 3.
The ads outline the negative implications of the ABC-opposed PRO Act, legislation that was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 6 and remains a priority for Democrats. Earlier this year Joe Biden released the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations campaign document, in which he vows to prioritize passing the PRO Act (H.R. 2474). If signed into law, the PRO Act will overturn freedom of choice in all existing right-to-work states, take away a worker’s right to a secret union ballot and eliminate the ability for workers to pursue independent contracting opportunities.
FEA will encourage constituents to tell members of Congress to oppose the PRO Act, running digital ads in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Ads directed toward the following representatives are now live: Sens. Peters (R-Mich.) and Jones (R-Ala.) and Reps. Slotkin (Mich.-08), Stevens (Mich-11), Shalala (Fla.-27), Davids (Kan. 03), Luria (Va. 02), Spanberger (Va.-07), Lee (Nev.-03), Casten (Ill.-06), Underwood (Ill.-14), Golden (Maine-02), Crow (Colo.-06), Craig (Minn.02), Phillips (Minn.-03), Pappas (N.H.-01), Cartwright (Pa.-08), Lamb (Pa.-17), Rose (N.Y.-11), Brindisi (N.Y.-22), Kind (Wisc.-03), Ryan (Ohio-13), O’Halleran (Ariz. 01), Kirkpatrick (Ariz.-02), Cisneros (Calif.-39), Porter (Calif.-45), Rouda (Calif.-48), Kim (N.J.-03), Malinowski (N.J.-07), Torres Small (N.M.-02), Allred (Texas-31), Wild (Pa.-07), Axne (Iowa-03), Fletcher (Texas-07), Mucarsel-Powell (Fla.-26), Peterson (Minn.-07) and Finkenauer (Iowa-01).
The multi-faceted campaign also aims to educate ABC members about the job-saving Paycheck Protection Program, that will speed America’s return to widespread prosperity. The PPP program is a vital lifeline for small businesses, including the more than 177,000 in the U.S. construction industry, ensuring access to the liquidity and resources needed to remain in business and provide pay and benefits for hardworking employees. FEA will urge constituents to contact the following Senators and Representatives who supported PPP across digital and mail ads: Sens. McSally (R-Ariz.), Gardner (R.-Colo.), Tillis (R-N.C.), McConnell (R-Ky.), Perdue (R.-Ga.), Ernst (R-Iowa), Collins (R-Maine), Cornyn (R-Texas), Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Rep. Marshall (Kan.-01).
Lastly, FEA will use digital and mail ads to encourage Americans in Minnesota, Florida and Pennsylvania to get out and vote in this upcoming election, prioritizing issues of free enterprise.
The work of FEA is made possible by ABC’s generous members and donors. For more information on how you can get involved and help expand FEA’s issue advocacy footprint, contact Melanie Pfeiffenberger at [email protected].
COVID-19 Relief Negotiations Continue as Senate Votes on Targeted Package:
House Speaker Pelosi sent a letter last night to her colleagues which said that the self-imposed Tuesday deadline to reach a COVID-19 relief deal: “enabled us to see that decisions could be reached” and that “both sides are serious about finding a compromise.” House committee chairs have been deputized to work out some remaining points to be resolved on the elusive package ranging from $2.2 to 1.8 Trillion.
Even if a deal manages to come together between House and White House negotiators, it wouldn’t be guaranteed to receive attention in the Senate as, there is less room for compromise in the upper chamber. Majority Leader McConnell has teed up a vote this afternoon on a $500 Billion targeted COVID-19 relief package, which mirrors the targeted ABC-supported S. 178 (Section by Section) bill that failed to advance in the Senate in September. Just as the procedural vote failed on stand-alone PPP funding bill yesterday, the relatively larger bill that will be voted on today is not expected to gain the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate. After today’s vote, the Senate will move to begin the confirmation process of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, beginning with the Senate Judiciary Committee vote tomorrow and final confirmation vote early next week.
ABC CEO Mike Bellaman Op-Ed - What's at Stake for Construction in the 2020 Elections:
In an Op-Ed posted today in Construction Business Owner, ABC CEO Mike Bellaman, highlighted what is at stake for the construction industry in the 2020 elections. In the piece, Bellaman noted the importance of key issues such as: rebuilding America’s infrastructure through fair and open competition, the ABC-opposed Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, and expanding workforce development opportunities.
Read the full Op-Ed here: https://www.constructionbusinessowner.com/popular-now/op-ed-whats-stake-construction-2020-elections
OSHA Issues FAQs on N95 Respirator Effectiveness Against Coronavirus:
On Oct. 19, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a set of Frequently Asked Questions on the effectiveness of N95 respirators against coronavirus exposure as part of the agency’s COVID-19 FAQs page.
According to an OSHA news release, the agency is aware of incorrect claims stating that N95 respirators do not capture particles as small as the virus that causes the coronavirus, and OSHA’s new FAQ explains why an N95 respirator is effective at protecting users from the virus.
In addition to these new FAQs, OSHA recently issued frequently asked questions and answers regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities resulting from work-related cases of the coronavirus.
Additional coronavirus resources can be found on the OSHA website.
OFCCP Launches Landing Page Related to Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping
On Oct. 21, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced that it has launched a landing page for Executive Order 13950, Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, which was issued on Sept. 22 by President Trump. According to OFCCP, while the order took effect immediately, federal contractors’ specific requirements apply only to federal contracts entered into beginning November 21, 2020.
The following resources are available on the new landing page:
Additional compliance assistance resources are available on OFCCP’s website at www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/compliance-assistance.
State Legislative COVID-19 Relief Efforts Article:
As states have continued to hold special legislative sessions or continuations of their regular sessions through the summer and into the fall, many are taking significant action through various grant programs and other financial vehicles to alleviate the economic effects of COVID-19 on the small business sector. This article contains a comprehensive roundup of where these efforts stand around the country. ABC National’s State Affairs team will continue tracking these bills and are available to assist in supporting them and helping your members take advantage of the subsequent tools at their disposal where successfully passed and made available.
TOMORROW - ABC’s Election Briefing Series FEA Featuring National Republican Senatorial Committee:
Tomorrow, ABC will continue its Election Briefing Series with a National Update featuring Kevin McLoughlin, Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
These updates are a part of the ABC Election Update Series, which is powered by the Free Enterprise Alliance. It is reserved for ABC members and registration is free of charge thanks to our generous sponsors.
Register here for this complimentary event: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4032543964631545104