Plagiarized from The Construction Dive
In an attempt to avoid partisan rhetoric in the last few days of voting, I decided to try to highlight differences in the two Presidential tickets as it relates to our industry. With no editorializing by me, these comparisons came straight from The Construction Dive, a well-respected non-partisan industry publication. See what you think!
Federal Minimum Wage:
In June 2019, Trump said in an interview with Telemundo he would consider a federal minimum wage higher than $15 per hour.
Biden backs a $15 federal minimum wage and an end to the tipped minimum wage.
Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal included a paid family leave program that would have given new parents six weeks of leave through the unemployment insurance system. He also touched on the topic during his 2019 State of the Union address, touting a nationwide paid family leave program “so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.” He also signed into law a provision granting emergency paid leave during the novel coronavirus pandemic; that mandate sunsets at the end of 2020.
Biden’s website calls for “legislation that will provide 12 weeks of paid leave for all workers for their own or a family member’s serious health condition.”
Federal Diversity Training:
Under Trump’s directive, federal agencies have been instructed to end anti-racism or anti-bias training sessions that encourage “government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda,” according to a two-page Sept. 4 memo written by White House Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought. Trump expanded the mandate in a Sept. 22 Executive Order by including federal contractors and grant recipients among the groups barred from offering this kind of training. At the Sept. 29 presidential debate, Trump said the training represents “a radical revolution that was taking place in our military, in our schools, all over the place.”
During the Sept. 29 debate, Biden supported training on racial insensitivity. “People have to be made aware of what other people feel like, what insults them, what is demeaning to them,” he said. “Its important people know. Many people don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings, but it makes a big difference. It makes a gigantic difference in the way a child is able to grow up and have a sense of self-esteem.”
Trump has long advocated for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, a cornerstone of his first presidential campaign. Based on previously released legislative goals, the Trump administration would likely advocate for passage of a comprehensive infrastructure package focused on improving America’s roads, highways, airports and smart grid, according to the National Law Review. President Trump’s proposed second-term agenda also indicates a focus on creating a national high-speed wireless internet network.
Other provisions of his plan include bolstering the country’s oil and gas industries and the continued rollback of environmental regulations that impede development.
Biden’s plan calls for $2 trillion of investments over four years in the country’s infrastructure, transportation and auto industries. It focuses on the role of unions to rebuild the country’s roads, bridges, water systems and electricity grids. He also wants to upgrade 4 million buildings, weatherize 2 million homes and spend $100 billion to modernize schools. Biden said that building work would create “1 million good-paying jobs.”
Biden’s proposals to markedly increase federal infrastructure spending would lift demand for construction, telecoms and utilities, said analysts at Moody’s in a recent report.
The Trump administration’s stance on immigration is perhaps best summarized by the “America First” ethos which seeks to promote American workers and businesses. Since taking over, through the actions of the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the administration has emphasized halting illegal immigration and slowing legal immigration, achieving the latter in part by increasing regulations and costs for employers and prospective immigrants.
The H-1B program, in particular, has been a target for reduction and other visa programs have seen changes leading to decreased applications or use. Industries such as agriculture and hospitality are particularly reliant on seasonal temporary work visas.
USCIS also has increased spending as the administration enacted policies to limit asylum and refugees at the border and deport undocumented immigrants. The administration also sought to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The Biden platform for immigration vows to “take urgent action” to undo or reverse many of Trump’s actions, highlighting restoration of asylum, eliminating policies such as the “Muslim ban” and reforming temporary visa programs. He has cited immigration’s role in the economy and its value to U.S. employers.
“Trump has waged an unrelenting assault on our values and our history as a nation of immigrants,” his platform said. “It’s wrong, and it stops when Joe Biden is elected president.”
Vice President Mike Pence in a recent debate said the administration has, since the start of the pandemic, added back 11.6 million jobs — about half those lost — “because we have a president who cut taxes, rolled back regulation and fought for free and fair trade.” The administration also saved 50 million jobs with the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), he said; “We literally have spared no expense.” The PPP estimate, however, has been called into question.
Sen. Kamala Harris, during the vice presidential debate, noted that Biden plans to create clean energy jobs as part of his climate plan. Biden’s plan also says he will “build a strong industrial base and small-business-led supply chains to retain and create millions of good-paying union jobs in manufacturing and technology.”
That should clear things up, right? LOL
That’s All Folks!