After the Senate approved the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure measure yesterday, several industry associations issued the following statements:
(AGC): The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to the passage in the Senate today of a bipartisan infrastructure measure:
“The new infrastructure measure passed by the Senate today provides much-needed new federal investments in a wide range of infrastructure projects. These investments will help generate new demand for construction services, equipment, and materials. More important, the new investments will create high-paying construction career opportunities and help make our economy more efficient and competitive.
“Unfortunately, some members of the House want to delay action on the bipartisan measure until passing an unrelated, partisan, spending bill. The last thing Washington should do is hold a much-needed, bipartisan infrastructure bill hostage to partisan politics. Delaying action on the infrastructure measure will hurt the economy and deny workers opportunities to start high-paying construction careers. It is time to put people back to work instead of paying them to stay home. That is why we are urging the House to quickly pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and send it to the President for signature.”
(NECA): David Long, CEO of The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:
“On behalf of our 4,000 contractors across America, NECA has supported the push for bipartisan legislation that provides the investment and resources to help rebuild and modernize our nation’s infrastructure. I want to thank the U.S. Senate for taking these steps and passing the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which brings these important and sweeping changes even closer to reality. This legislation will create new job opportunities for our contractors and their employees and ensure our nation’s economic competitiveness.”
(NAM): Following U.S. Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement:
“The Senate’s passage of this historic, bipartisan legislation is a tremendous achievement and a credit to President Biden and the group of senators who met across the aisle to address our country’s longstanding infrastructure needs. This is the type of infrastructure investment manufacturers have long championed, and the bipartisan approach shows that our legislators can indeed still come together to accomplish transformational change. We now urge members of the House to follow the Senate’s example, pass this bipartisan bill and send it to the president’s desk for his signature without delay.
“The more than 12 million men and women of manufacturing are counting on Congress to get this done—because it will renew and revitalize our nation’s physical infrastructure, improving productivity and quality of life for everybody, without erasing the tax reforms that helped manufacturers keep our promises to innovate, hire more employees, raise wages and benefits and reinvest in communities.
“The NAM has led the charge for historic investments in infrastructure for years, as outlined in our infrastructure blueprint, ‘Building to Win,’ and many of its recommendations are in the final Senate bill. The bill also includes a range of actions that the NAM calls for in our climate policy plan, ‘The Promise Ahead,’ along with many of the NAM’s supply chain and permitting goals, which are laid out in ‘Strengthening the Manufacturing Supply Chain.’
“With world-class infrastructure enhancing our competitiveness, manufacturers will be better prepared to help build an economy that lifts up all Americans and enables us to lead through this century and into the next.”
Find a list of key NAM priorities in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act here.
(NAW): The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) issued the below statement regarding the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
From Eric Hoplin, President and CEO:
“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a significant accomplishment that will help the wholesale distribution industry more efficiently move goods and materials across the country, benefitting both American businesses and consumers.
“We commend the bill’s passage and call on Speaker Pelosi to abandon her insistence on pairing this bipartisan legislation with a progressive wish list of unprecedented spending paid for by America’s job creators that ignores the realities of the Democrats’ historically slim margins in both houses of Congress.”Tagged with infrastructure, legislation