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Equipment Manufacturers Urge Support for Highway Bill




H.R. 7 bill maintains federal funding for infrastructure in one of the most difficult budget environments in recent years.  The bill reforms and consolidates existing highway programs, accelerates project approval times, and eliminates earmarks.

American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act will be an economic engine for job growth and global competitiveness. Association of Equipment Manufacturers urged support for the highway bill scheduled for consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The long-awaited legislation would point the way to job creation, desperately needed infrastructure improvements, and greater national and international competitiveness for all domestic businesses.

“Our manufacturers believe H.R. 7 is one of the most important pieces of legislation before Congress this session for job growth and for our economic well-being,” said AEM president Dennis Slater. “AEM urges the House to quickly consider and approve H.R. 7 and to move quickly to conference with the Senate prior to the March 31 deadline of the current stop-gap funding.”

Slater said that roads, highways and bridges require long-term project planning. The bill would provide the construction industry with the market certainty it needs to make capital investments in employees and in equipment.

– Courtesy of Association of Equipment Manufacturers



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