Vice President Joe Biden (right) urges business leaders to pressure lawmakers to resolve the Highway Trust Fund crisis.
ACPA’s Vice Chairman Mike Lipps (Duit Construction) and VP of Highways and Federal Affairs Leif Wathne, P.E., were among 51 business leaders invited to a White House Business Council meeting on transportation & infrastructure on July 9.
The purpose of the meeting was to brief Vice President Joe Biden and other senior White House and Administration officials on the importance of funding transportation infrastructure.
The meeting and luncheon included comments by Vice President Joe Biden, who urged the participants to pressure federal lawmakers to act on the Highway Trust Fund crisis.
“We need your help,” he said. “We need you to remind your representatives in both parties that when they fail to invest in infrastructure, we’re putting America behind almost every leading country in the world.”
He said not acting would put 700,000 jobs at risk, while also delaying 112,000 highway and 5,600 transit projects.
Leif Wathne and Mike Lipps speak with one of the meeting participants.
The meeting also focused on jobs creation and promotion of competitiveness, issues of great importance to ACPA members and staff. Also participating in the meeting were senior Administration and White House staff, including U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FHWA Deputy Administrator Greg Nadeau.
One of the benefits of the meeting was the association’s participation in a forum of this caliber and stature, and one in which senior transportation agency officials from both the U.S. DOT and FHWA were present.
ACPA was one of a select group of organizations that represented the highway & heavy construction industry. The group also included ACPA members Lane Construction, BASF Corporation, Volvo Group N.A., Vulcan Materials, and Zachry Corporation.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx addresses the group.
The diverse roundtable included companies that top the Fortune 500, as well as small to medium sized companies, representing a broad cross section of the American economy.
All of these organizations–including AAA, American Airlines Group, Caterpillar Inc., CSX Corporation, CVS/Caremark, The Dow Chemical Company, FedEx Freight Corp., General Electric Company, General Motors, Wal Mart, and Xerox–share a vested interest in the nation’s highways, airports, and other transportation infrastructure systems.
ACPA’s involvement in the roundtable discussion and luncheon came via an invitation from Ami Copeland, Executive Director of Business Forward. Copeland and ACPA’s Bill Davenport previously collaborated for several years on political fundraising activities.