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NRMCA, Highway Coalition Join Members of Congress In Calling for Federal Infrastructure Funding
Friday, May 17, 2019

Silver Spring, MD – May 17, 2019 – The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association this week joined other members of the Highway Materials Group (HMG) and Members of Congress in calling for passage of a trillion dollar federal infrastructure funding package to begin repairing America’s aging roads and bridges. In a press conference coinciding with Infrastructure Week and the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In, leaders of the trade associations urged lawmakers to draft legislation to begin rebuilding critically needed infrastructure that has been left to deteriorate for far too long. They noted that with the Highway Trust Fund expiring in 2020, the time for action is now.

Bipartisan members of the House headed by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL- 13) joined representatives from a diverse array of companies and associations to highlight the importance of sustainable federal infrastructure funding.

“Every day we don’t act to improve our nation’s infrastructure, we fall further behind our global competitors,” said Blumenauer, chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee’s Tax Policy Subcommittee. “It is past time that we step up and demonstrate the courage necessary to pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill. I look forward to working with the Highway Materials Group and vast array of supporters in finally delivering for the American people.”

“Since 2003, federal spending on infrastructure has decreased by 20% when adjusted for inflation,” added Davis, ranking member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Highway & Transit Subcommittee. “We need major investment in our infrastructure if our economy is going to continue to thrive. I’m encouraged by the interest of both parties to get something done on infrastructure this Congress, but we have to figure out a way to pay for it. I believe it is long past time to consider ways to diversify funding streams for transportation projects and it’s the only way to guarantee long-term sustainability. I’m looking forward to continuing these conversations throughout Infrastructure Week and as we work to get a bill done.”

Speaking on behalf of NRMCA, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Concrete and NRMCA Chairman Bill Sandbrook called on President Trump, the House and the Senate to show true leadership to arrive at a funding solution.

“We are not here to point fingers – rather this is an historic opportunity. The last big infrastructure deal with dedicated user-financing was enacted in 1982. The Trump Administration and Congress have an opportunity to do something equally historic as the bipartisan deal President Ronald Reagan struck with Congress,” said Sandbrook. “However, infrastructure can’t happen without dedicated funding, and an increase in the gas tax is the only realistic option and is where presidential and congressional leadership is required. The federal gas tax was last increased in 1993. The highway and transit funds face a $171 billion shortfall just to maintain current spending. Can you live off what you made in 1993? Well infrastructure sure can’t. There is no other viable short-term option to raise the money necessary.”

“These are acrimonious times, but Washington must hear that they were elected to serve the people,” Sandbrook continued. “We the people want an infrastructure system that will propel our children and grandchildren into a safe and sustainable future. Inaction is not an option.”

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and the Portland Cement Association echoed Sandbrook’s remarks.

“Almost 40 percent of the bridges in this nation are so old they would qualify for AARP membership,” said NSSGA Chairman Bob Weldon. “Our nation is facing a backlog of more than $800 billion in highway and bridge capital needs. Our organizations, and the men and women we represent, are urging Congress to focus on funding meaningful infrastructure investment.”

“Now is the time for the President and Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner to increase the gas tax, which is the most efficient means in the short term to pay for the needed improvements to the nation’s highway and transit systems,” said Michael Ireland, CEO of the Portland Cement Association who submitted his remarks in a prepared statement.

Underscoring the message of Infrastructure Week, the HMG also released an ad, “Life Won’t Wait,” that is being aired on local stations in the metro-DC market, highlighting the impacts to daily life from a lack of investment for infrastructure.

The Highway Materials Group is comprised of 11 national associations, representing companies that provide the construction materials and equipment essential to building America’s roads, highways and bridges. It employs tens of thousands of men and women in well-paying American jobs and strongly supports increased investment in America’s surface transportation network. Besides NRMCA, members include the American Coal Ash Association, America Concrete Pavement Association, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Associated Equipment Distributors, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Portland Cement Association and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

Founded in 1930, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is the leading industry advocate. Our mission is to provide exceptional value for our members by responsibly representing and serving the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion, education and partnering to ensure ready mixed concrete is the building material of choice.

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Contact Info: Andrew Tyrrell
Email: atyrrell@nrmca.org
Phone: 301-587-1400



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