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ACPA Call to Action: Urge Federal Infrastructure Investment Now

ACPA is urging members, chapter affiliates, staff, and others in the industry to urge your Members of Congress and President Trump to support increased infrastructure investment.

ACPA and partners of the North American Concrete Alliance* are leading this effort to emphasize the importance and urgency of legislative action now. Please review the background information below, then click here to act today.

Background Information Here are the important points to consider:

  • Despite bipartisan agreement on the importance of federal infrastructure investment, Congress has yet to send a surface reauthorization or infrastructure bill to the President for enactment.
  • The Senate EPW Committee last summer passed the bipartisan America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (S. 2302) to reauthorize the federal-aid highway program for five years, investing $287 billion in roads and bridges.
  • Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), a $1.5 trillion package that includes a five-year $319 billion surface transportation reauthorization measure and additional related spending.
  • This week, we expect President Donald Trump to tout his administration’s transportation agenda during a campaign event in Atlanta, while Democratic challenger Joe Biden is expected to lay out an updated blueprint of his infrastructure plans.
  • While we are pleased that the House of Representatives passed a broad infrastructure package that increases surface transportation funding, it is time for Congress and the Administration to come together and pass bipartisan legislation to reauthorize our surface transportation programs that provide robust investment in infrastructure with a sustainable, long-term funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund.

As an industry stakeholder that belongs to the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA), it is important for you to voice your support for a large-scale infrastructure package that addresses our industry’s concerns about the Highway Trust Fund. Please click here to see the letter and act today!

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* The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns & initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Foundations Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

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ACPA Call to Action: Urge Federal Infrastructure Investment Now

ACPA is urging members, chapter affiliates, staff, and others in the industry to urge your Members of Congress and President Trump to support increased infrastructure investment.

ACPA and partners of the North American Concrete Alliance* are leading this effort to emphasize the importance and urgency of legislative action now. Please review the background information below, then click here to act today.

Background Information Here are the important points to consider:

  • Despite bipartisan agreement on the importance of federal infrastructure investment, Congress has yet to send a surface reauthorization or infrastructure bill to the President for enactment.
  • The Senate EPW Committee last summer passed the bipartisan America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (S. 2302) to reauthorize the federal-aid highway program for five years, investing $287 billion in roads and bridges.
  • Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), a $1.5 trillion package that includes a five-year $319 billion surface transportation reauthorization measure and additional related spending.
  • This week, we expect President Donald Trump to tout his administration’s transportation agenda during a campaign event in Atlanta, while Democratic challenger Joe Biden is expected to lay out an updated blueprint of his infrastructure plans.
  • While we are pleased that the House of Representatives passed a broad infrastructure package that increases surface transportation funding, it is time for Congress and the Administration to come together and pass bipartisan legislation to reauthorize our surface transportation programs that provide robust investment in infrastructure with a sustainable, long-term funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund.

As an industry stakeholder that belongs to the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA), it is important for you to voice your support for a large-scale infrastructure package that addresses our industry’s concerns about the Highway Trust Fund. Please click here to see the letter and act today!

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* The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns & initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Foundations Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

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ACPA Provides Comparison of Highway Legislative Packages

In ACPA’s “3 Minutes on Monday” this week, Leif Wathne provides a concise overview of recent highway funding legislative actions in Washington, DC.

He starts out with an explanation of America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (or ATIA), which the Senate EPW committee passed last summer. It provides $287 billion dollars over five years and amounts to roughly a 27% increase over current FAST Act spending levels.

On the House side, the T&I Committee passed its version of a highway bill—The INVEST in America Act—on June 18th. It provides $319 billion dollars for highway investments, also over five years.  This represents roughly a 42% increase over current levels, but also includes significant changes to the highway program. After passage by the T&I committee along party lines, democratic leadership in the House then rolled that bill into a broader $1.5 trillion dollar infrastructure package called the Moving Forward Act, which passed in the House largely along party lines on July 1.

While ACPA and our coalition partners are encouraged by this latest development as a necessary step toward reauthorizing federal surface transportation programs before the expiration of the FAST Act on Sept. 30, final enactment of meaningful highway legislation will require a bipartisan, bicameral compromise. Leif also provides a preview of the legislative call to action, which is the subject of our story, “ACPA Call to Action: Urge Federal Infrastructure Investment Now.”

Click here to see the video special report, the 15th in our ongoing series.

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House Appropriators Approve THUD Bill

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TRIP Releases Report on Restoring the Interstate Highway System

A new report by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit, focuses on the U.S. Interstate Highway System and provides excellent information that supports the critical need for investment in this valuable highway system.

The report describes how, as the Interstate reaches 64 years old, it faces increasing congestion, unprecedented levels of travel—particularly by large trucks—and insufficient funding to make needed repairs and improvements.

The report, Restoring the Interstate Highway System: Meeting America’s Transportation Needs with a Reliable, Safe & Well-Maintained National Highway Network, says America’s most critical transportation link will need to be rebuilt and expanded to meet the nation’s growing transportation need.

It examines the Interstate system’s use, condition and benefits, and the findings of a 2019 report prepared by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), at the request of Congress as part of the FAST Act. The TRB report addresses the condition and use of the Interstate system and on actions required to restore and upgrade the Interstate system.

The TRIP report includes a chart that ranks states whose Interstate systems are the most congested, have experienced the greatest increase in vehicle miles of travel (VMT) since 2000; carry the greatest share of commercial trucks; have the largest share of pavement in poor condition and bridges in poor/structurally deficient condition; and have the highest fatality rate.

Click here to see the appendix, which includes data for all states. The report is a “must read” for anyone with an interest in investing in, building, rehabilitating and preserving this important system of highways. ACPA is a member of TRIP and currently serves on its Board of Directors.

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