ACPA participated in the Infrastructure Working Group (IWG) meeting last week. Hosted by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) the meeting was held Thursday in Washington, DC.
Featured speaker Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), encouraged participants to keep the momentum going in advocacy efforts aimed at highway and other infrastructure investment.
Blumenauer recently unveiled a bill that would increase federal fuel taxes by 5 cents per gallon every year for five years. The bill also calls for indexing the tax to allow for adjustments; leveraging the proceeds; and eventually replacing it with a different funding mechanism. Congressman Blumenauer is a senior member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and a champion for infrastructure modernization.
Other highlights from the meeting include an observation that “Buy America” will be an area of interest in next bill. Stakeholder groups also observed that “Infrastructure Week,” which was aimed at increasing awareness and support for infrastructure investment and safety, was very successful.
There was also good support of last week’s TCC fly-in, as well as discussions about the need for strong leadership and support from the White House in order to move meaningful infrastructure funding measures forward in Congress.
Photo source: US Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s website.