NACA senior officials met with members and staff of the Congressional Cement Caucus.

The North American Concrete Alliance* met the Congressional Cement Caucus in Washington, D.C., on February 5 to present a briefing on the state of the cement and concrete industries and infrastructure priorities for the 115th Congress.  

Jim Toscas, Portland Cement Association’s President & CEO, kicked off the briefing with an overview of the industry and its goal of speaking with a strong, unified voice.  The briefing continued with brief remarks by senior officials representing the 11 NACA-affiliated associations.

Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President, offered comments on behalf of the association.  Two key points he made were:

  • ACPA works closely with the National Academies of Science; the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Defense Tri-Services’ engineering commands.
  • ACPA senior staff and members also provide testimony before relevant Congressional Committees of jurisdiction, as we readily offer industry perspectives on policy matters, funding, research, and other topics associated with our Nation’s surface transportation infrastructure.

Following the briefings, there was time for questions & answers, which provided further insights into infrastructure priorities, which are gaining visibility, awareness, and traction in Washington, D.C. 

The Congressional Cement Caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.-15) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.-7).

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*  NACA member organizations participating in the briefing included the American Concrete Pavement Association; American Concrete Pipe Association; American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association; American Concrete Pumping Association; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; National Concrete Masonry Association; National Precast Concrete Association; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; Portland Cement Association; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute; and the Tilt-Up Concrete Association.