Leading bipartisan Members of Congress joined hundreds of members of the transportation construction industry and its suppliers in Washington D.C. Tuesday to support the passage of a multi-year, fully funded transportation bill. The second annual RALLY for ROADS brings attention to the impact transportation and highway investment has on our nationâ€™s economy.
â€śAmericaâ€™s infrastructure is vital to economic growth and job creation,â€ť said Kerri Leininger, a RALLY for ROADS spokesperson and the Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. â€śAmericaâ€™s transportation needs are too great, and its impact on the nationâ€™s economic health and well-being are too substantial to delay passage of a surface transportation bill any longer.â€ť
RALLY for ROADS is a bipartisan rally sponsored by 15 national transportation construction associations. Ten members of congress participated in the event including Chairman for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Mica (R-FL) and Democratic Chief Deputy Whip, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Representatives from all facets of the road construction, manufacturing, services, retail, agriculture and natural resources industries will join together to support the rally.
â€śDeficiencies in Americaâ€™s surface transportation systems have cost households and businesses billions of dollars,â€ť said Leininger. â€śOur livelihoods depend on Americaâ€™s roads. The support for RALLY for ROADS from congressional and industry members highlights the importance of getting our nationâ€™s infrastructure back on track.â€ť
â€śRALLY for ROADSâ€ť is sponsored by the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA), American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), Portland Cement Association (PCA), International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) the US Chamber of Commerce, and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)