SENATE VOTE TO REPEAL 3 PERCENT TAX WITHHOLDING MANDATE A VICTORY FOR CONSTRUCTION FIRMS, WORKERS AND TAXPAYERS

SENATE VOTE TO REPEAL 3 PERCENT TAX WITHHOLDING MANDATE A VICTORY FOR CONSTRUCTION FIRMS, WORKERS AND TAXPAYERS

With Construction Firms in No Position to Provide Interest-Free Loans to Federal Government, Repeal of Tax Withholding Measure Will Boost Economy, Top Construction Official Says

November 11, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement today in response to the Senate vote (by a margin of 95 to 0 with one Senator voting present) to repeal the 3 percent tax withholding mandate:

“An overwhelming, bipartisan majority of Senators understand that repealing the 3 percent tax withholding mandate is essential to boosting economic growth. With construction activity down by $400 billion and the industry’s unemployment rate at 13.7 percent, the last thing construction employers need is to be forced into giving interest-free loans to the federal government. That is why today’s Senate vote comes as welcome news for construction firms, workers and taxpayers alike. As our members made clear in a recently released survey, many firms will be better able to offer positions to the veterans this legislation also supports without the enormous cost of this measure looming.”

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