Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) senior vice president of government and industry relations Kip Eideberg issued the following statement on the Problem Solvers Caucus COVID-19 stimulus framework, “March to Common Ground,” which was released earlier today.
“This unprecedented group of bipartisan lawmakers has demonstrated yet again what is possible when you put policy ahead of politics and work tirelessly to come up with common sense solutions to the most pressing issues facing our country. Our industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing recession, and far too many equipment manufacturers are still struggling to keep the lights on and workers on the shop floor. The Problem Solvers Caucus COVID-19 stimulus framework is a pragmatic blueprint for how negotiators can get back to the table and bring immediate relief to American workers and families. On behalf of the 2.8 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry, we urge them to follow the lead of the Problem Solvers Caucus and get the job done.”
AEM continues to lead the industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is working closely with state and federal officials to help keep equipment manufacturing in America strong and ensure the nation’s economic resilience. AEM has called for bold action from Congress and federal agencies, including continued federal designation deeming equipment manufacturers and their employees, suppliers, and distributors as “essential” and additional support to ensure small and medium-sized equipment manufacturers have access to the cash they need to keep operations going.
AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry supports 2.8 million jobs in the U.S. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $288 billion a year to the U.S. economy.