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Update on Highway Materials Group Actions

As we reported last week, ACPA continues to participate in DC construction coalitions to discuss ongoing COVID-19 relief and recovery legislative packages and how infrastructure investment priorities can be best positioned for consideration.

Following the Highway Materials Group meeting, members penned a letter to Congressional leadership.  Click here to read the letter, which was finalized shortly before our previous newsletter was published last week.

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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.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

Highway Construction Coalitions Focus on Infrastructure

 ACPA continues to participate in DC construction coalitions to discuss ongoing COVID-19 relief and recovery legislative packages and how infrastructure investment priorities can be best positioned for consideration.

Both the Transportation Construction Coalition and the Highway Materials Group met this week to discuss potential coalition actions.  The situation remains fluid as legislative priorities in Congress continue to shift among the ongoing spread of COVID-19 within the United States.  

Industry is focused on ensuring Congress includes robust, long-term funding for transportation infrastructure in any upcoming recovery package being considered by Congress and the Administration. 

A letter to Congressional leadership and a potential advertising campaign are being considered as part of this effort. ACPA will continue to engage with these groups on behalf of the concrete pavement community, and provide updates as appropriate. 

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Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

HMG Discusses Highway Legislation and More

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.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

Highway Materials Group Event Focuses on Federal Investment

Members of Congress and officials from companies and associations involved in rebuilding America’s aging infrastructure held a press conference at the House Triangle yesterday to discuss the critical need for federal investment in the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure.

Organized by the Highway Materials Group (HMG) coalition, the event included comments by U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee’s Tax Policy Subcommittee, and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), Ranking Member  (RM) of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Highway & Transit Subcommittee.

“Every day we don’t act to improve our nation’s infrastructure, we fall further behind our global competitors,” Chairman Blumenauer says, adding, “It is past time that we step up and demonstrate the courage necessary to pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill. I look forward to working with the Highway Materials Group and vast array of supporters in finally delivering for the American people.”

“Since 2003, federal spending on infrastructure has decreased by 20% when adjusted for inflation,” RM Davis says. “We need major investment in our infrastructure if our economy is going to continue to thrive. I’m encouraged by the interest of both parties to get something done on infrastructure this Congress, but we have to figure out a way to pay for it. I believe it is long past time to consider ways to diversify funding streams for transportation projects and it’s the only way to guarantee long-term sustainability. I’m looking forward to continuing these conversations throughout Infrastructure Week and as we work to get a bill done.”

Representing ACPA at the event were Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President. 

HMG Sponsors TV Ads
In related news the HMG sponsored TV ads over a two-week period to urge Congress to fund and pass meaningful infrastructure investment legislation. The campaign TV commercial, “Life Won’t Wait,” shows the human toll that the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure takes on our daily lives. The HMG is joining with the American Trucking Associations in this venture to give greater voice across sectors on the need to fun infrastructure investment now.  The ad campaign is running through May 23 in the Washington, DC. media market.  

For more information on the pressing need for infrastructure investment and the cost of doing nothing, visit www.roadtoabetterfuture.com. On social media, be sure to follow the hashtags #InfrastructureNOW and #TimeToBuild.

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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. We employ tens of thousands of men and women in well-paying American jobs, and we strongly 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.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

See the commercial and other videos on ACPA’s YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/ConcretePavements

HMG Meeting Focuses on Airport Funding

A Highway Materials Group meeting last week focused on reauthorization of the broad-based FAA bill, which includes airport construction and related work.

Guest speaker Annie Russo, Sr. VP of of Government and Political Affairs at ACI-North America (ACI-NA), provided a detailed overview of the three main airport revenue sources.

The talk underscored the importance of raising the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) cap, preserving the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), and maintaining the tax-exempt status of bonds. These are key positions central to ACI’s “Beyond the Runway” initiative, which align with ACPA’s positions and priorities in the aviation market.

Leif Wathne participated in the meeting on behalf of ACPA, and along with Gary Mitchell, works closely with ACI-NA and other airport and construction alliances in support of airport development and related pavement construction issues that directly benefit ACPA members.

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