Fed Update: NAM urges lawmakers to move on critical infrastructure funding

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 14, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined forces this week to urge Congress to adopt a multiyear, fully funded surface transportation bill to offer certainty and support for infrastructure projects that improve safety, facilitate trade and create jobs. 

“Transportation infrastructure carries the weight of the economy and helps sustain long-term economic prosperity,” Timmons testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, stressing the urgency of bringing the federal Highway Trust Fund to an improved condition of solvency and long-term sustainability.

“Unfortunately, I hear concerns about the state of our infrastructure from NAM members constantly, regardless of their size or sector,” said Timmons. “From the world’s largest multinationals to family businesses up and down Main Streets across America, everyone recognizes that our aging infrastructure is a significant impediment to our nation’s competitiveness and our ability to maintain our mantle of economic leadership.”

Timmons was joined by a diverse group of panelists all advocating for a new surface transportation bill, including Donohue, Trumka, Mike Hancock of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and Dr. T. Peter Ruane of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

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