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Democratic Leaders to Discuss Infrastructure with President Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will meet with President Donald Trump next week to discuss infrastructure, according to a story in POLITICO this morning.  

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m., the story reported, citing a senior Democratic aide. Pelosi is said to have requested the meeting during a phone conversation with the President on April 4.  

The transportation-construction industry, along with many others, will be eager to learn the outcome of the meeting, which if newsworthy, will be reported to ACPA members. Also today, ACPA and other transportation-construction industry leaders are particularly active on social media, calling for infrastructure investment and underscoring the urgent need to focus on highways, bridges and other surface transportation infrastructure. 

Click here to read the full story by POLITICO.

Photo credit: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo for POLITICO.

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Ad Campaign Urges Transportation Investment

A new ad campaign urges Congress and the Trump administration to develop and pass this year a robust transportation infrastructure investment package and implement a permanent fix for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).

The campaign, “Congress: Fix Our Infrastructure Problem Now,” was developed by the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) and Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM).

The campaign began Monday with an opinion piece in POLITICO asking the Nation’s leaders for a renewed commitment to “invest financially in America’s transportation infrastructure.” The piece also features digital ads that connect to the TCC’s website. To call attention to America’s transportation challenges, the opinion piece includes examples of deteriorating bridges and roadways that were forced to close recently in northern California, outside Boston and in downtown Chicago. 

The two-month campaign will culminate in a 30-second television spot (“Stuck”) that begins airing in May in Washington, D.C., in the run up to the TCC’s Washington fly-in and National Infrastructure Week.

The digital and TV ads outline the groups’ top two priorities:

  • Priority 1: Provide an expanded and sustainable way to pay for future HTF-supported investments that keep pace with our Nation’s growing infrastructure.
  • Priority 2: Expand HTF resources for projects that ease traffic congestion, improve safety and support long-term economic growth.

The opinion piece concludes: “A generational opportunity to turn blueprints and big thinking into a 21st century infrastructure network stands before us. Congress and the President need to get moving.”

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Letter to Congress: Prioritize Infrastructure Investment

ACPA was one of almost 150 stakeholders to co-sign a letter from the Infrastructure Working Group(1) in urging Congress to take up and pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that will improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of our nation’s infrastructure. The letter was addressed to key Leadership of the House and Senate, and urges Republicans and Democrats to unite to develop and pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that addresses six areas, including:

  • Federal investments;
  • Federal infrastructure accounts, including the Highway Trust Fund; 
  • Funding mechanisms, such as municipal bonds;  
  • Private investment in infrastructure, 
  • Creating efficiencies while continuing to environmental protections, and; 
  • Encouraging active participation at all levels of government and among the public and private sectors.

Click here to see the letter.

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(1) Organized by the Association of General Contractors of America and the National Association of Manufacturers, the group is organized to advocate to Congress the critical need for comprehensive infrastructure legislation. 


Presentation Outlines a Viable Plan for Interstate Highway Investment

ACPA had the opportunity to hear a compelling presentation that could serve as a viable plan for Interstate highway investment.  

The presentation, Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future, was based on a consensus report developed in response to language in the FAST Act of 2015.  The language requested the Transportation Research Board to conduct a study of the actions needed to upgrade and restore the U.S. Interstate Highway System. 

ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX); ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt, and ACPA Executive VP Leif Wathne heard the presentation by the Hon. Norman Y. Mineta* and TRB Chair Norman Augustine during the TRB Chair’s Luncheon last Wednesday.  

One of the key points of the study suggests current spending levels are much too low, and that $45 to $70 billion are needed annually over the next 20 years to undertake the long-deferred rebuilding of pavements and bridges and to accommodate and manage growing user demand. 

Particularly encouraging is that this figure applies to Interstate highways only and not the full Federal-aid highway system or other highways.  To see some additional highlights of the report, please click here. To view an online copy of the presentation, please click here.  To download the complete report on which the presentation was developed, please click here. To see a video of Messrs. Mineta and Augustine commenting about the consensus report, please click here.

The TRB Chair’s Luncheon is the premier event of the TRB Annual Meeting, drawing an estimated 750 leaders in transportation from the public and private sectors throughout the United States and abroad. TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. 

* Mr. Mineta served as the 14th U.S. Secretary of Transportation and was previously a U.S. Representative. Mr. Augustine is the retired Chairman of Lockheed Martin Corp.  They serve with more than a dozen other transportation and business leaders who provided oversight and other leadership in the development of the consensus study report.

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HMG Welcomes Trump Plan, Urges Funding Solutions

The Highway Materials Group* (HMG) issued a formal statement welcoming President Trump’s proposal to invest $1.5 trillion in America’s infrastructure. The group views the plan as a strong starting point in on-going discussions for much needed investment, but noted details were still too few.

“The plan needs a reliable pay-for that provides certainty for projects and shores up the Highway TrustFund,” said Jerry Voigt, President and CEO of the American Concrete Pavement Association. “HMG supports a variety of options such as fuel tax increases, vehicle miles traveled and highway freight fees, to name a few. All options should be on the table. We need infrastructure investment now.”

While the group isn’t opposed to privatization playing a role in investment, the group noted that it shouldn’t be the entire story and supports Congress pulling from many competing proposals to return to the certainty once brought from routine authorizations and appropriations bills. 

HMG encourages Congress to quickly pass bipartisan legislation that shores up the HTF and improves our country’s communities, commutes and economy.

Click here to see the full statement and here to visit the HMG website.

The Highway Materials Group is comprised of the American Coal Ash Association, American 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 the Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute.

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