Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the follow statement today in response to Congress passing an extension of the Nationâ€™s highway and transit programs through September 30, 2011:
“With Congress passing yet another short-term extension of the Highway bill to keep the program running through September, it is critical that they now move to serious action on a comprehensive, long-term bill. America’s urgent need to rebuild roads, highways and bridges requires a long-term strategy; we canâ€™t afford any more delays. Congress needs to show serious bipartisan leadership and action to address this critical national priority, so that a six-year bill can be enacted within this extension
period. If the President wants manufacturers to put people to work jumpstart the economy, he will insist on a six-year Highway bill to build safer roads and bridges, and work with the Congress to find a way to get it done. Americaâ€™s equipment manufacturers stand ready to help them succeed.”
AEM foundedÂ I Make America, a national grassroots effort to dramatically strengthen American manufacturing jobs right here in the U.S. to improve our economy and our country’s global competiveness.