The Highway Materials Group met this week to discuss several promising legislative initiatives, as well as to map out plans to inform and persuade Members of Congress on issues of mutual importance to the industry.

HMG members heard an update on the House Democrat Infrastructure Framework Announcement (first reported in ACPA TODAY on January 31.)  Group members also discussed a recent House Ways & Means Infrastructure Finance Hearing.

Also on the agenda were the topic of letters on recent actions on a number of policy issues including resilience, material neutrality, passenger facilities charges, hours of service, etc.  A Capitol Hill briefing addressed the members associations’ concerns about the need for surface action and concern of short-term extensions/inactivity, which led to a discussion about an action plan for 2020.

The group also discussed several issues related to the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), which provides $287 billion in contract authority over five years beginning at the expiration of the FAST Act on September 30, 2020.  Click here to see our original report on the ATIA.

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The Highway Materials Group is comprised of eleven national associations, representing companies that provide the construction materials and equipment essential to building America’s roads, highways and bridges. The HMG associations’ members employ tens of thousands of men and women in well-paying American jobs, and support increased investment in America’s surface transportation network.  Members include: 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 Ready Mixed Concrete Association; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; Portland Cement Association; and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

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