NACA Presents Views on Infrastructure Investment
- Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:50
The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA)* presented strong views on transportation investment to U.S. House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.-09) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.-04).
In particular, the NACA partner associations recognized the Committees focus on the challenges affecting the nation’s infrastructure, but also expressed concern, “….That the investment in our surface transportation infrastructure is painfully inadequate to meet our current needs, let alone the needs of future generations. We believe that previous efforts fell short and as a result, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) is still not adequately funded and Congress is no closer to enacting a permanent, or even long-lasting, solution to address its solvency.
The group further stated, “We cannot squander the investments previous generations made by allowing our infrastructure to crumble and collapse,” and encouraged the T&I Committee, “…To make the investments that help ease the congestion and capacity issues that plague our surface transportation network, while simultaneously, building highways for the future that can accommodate current and future trends, including autonomous vehicles, business and distribution corridors, and enhanced access for e-commerce.”
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* NACA is comprised of 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 Tilt-Up Concrete Association.
Associations Brief Congress on Industry Priorities
- Friday, 10 February 2017 16:04
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).
* 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.