Equipment Manufacturers: Let’s Keep Moving Forward in Bipartisan Negotiations
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act.
“Today’s passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, is an important step in reauthorizing our federal surface transportation program. AEM has long supported the development of a comprehensive infrastructure package, one that makes much needed investments in our roads, highways, bridges, waterways, and broadband networks,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “We commend the U.S. House of Representatives for staying focused on the looming expiration of the 2015 FAST Act, and the opportunity before us to leverage infrastructure investment as a means to support economic recovery efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. H.R. 2 lays down a strong marker for much-needed, long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure, and AEM will continue support this process as it moves forward.
“AEM understands the time and effort that went into crafting this legislation, and urges both chambers to move forward from today’s vote in a bipartisan fashion. We are committed to keeping up the momentum for long-term and sustainable infrastructure investment. The 2.8 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry are depending on lawmakers to get the job done.”
After the House Democrats introduced draft legislation to reauthorize surface transportation funding, AEM issued a statement encouraging lawmakers to continue bipartisan infrastructure funding negotiations. AEM also joined with the Transportation Construction Coalition in sending a letter in support of passage of H.R. 2.
AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 2.8 million jobs and contributes roughly $288 billion to the economy every year.