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No Political Football

RR052319 HighwayBillMay 23, 2019 – I have a message for President Trump and Congress: Do not turn infrastructure funding into a political football! President Trump abruptly canceled an infrastructure meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer at the White House yesterday and declared that bipartisan cooperation was impossible while House committees are investigating him. He also demanded that Congress pass a trade agreement replacement for NAFTA before infrastructure legislation. Trump apparently took umbrage at remarks by Pelosi earlier in the day regarding a "cover-up," setting up the confrontation. Trump refused to even sit down when he walked into the scheduled Cabinet Room meeting with the Democratic leaders. He then headed to a pre-arranged news conference in the Rose Garden. This is no time for political posturing. We need a highway bill, and cooperation.

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Blumenauer Seeks Five-Cent Gas Tax Increase

RR052219 BlumenauerMay 22, 2019 – Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Trade, introduced a bill which would, according to Politico, raise the federal user fee on gasoline by five cents a year over five years. Blumenauer, a featured speaker at the Highway Materials Group’s recent Infrastructure Week press conference, introduced the legislation one day before President Trump’s second infrastructure meeting with Democratic congressional leaders. Back in April, the two sides previously met and agreed that a $2 trillion infrastructure package could help address the nation’s infrastructure. The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association said that progress is being made each and every week as Congress and President Trump’s administration continue infrastructure talks. Contact your representatives in Congress to make sure they know how important infrastructure is to you, your family, businesses and community. Tell Congress to Act Now! 

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We Welcome Pierre Villere

RR051719 PGV headshotMay 17, 2019 – This month, Rock Products is proud to announce a new monthly column, The Strategist, written by long-time industry veteran Pierre Villere. It will appear in the print edition of the magazine, in our e-newsletter and on our website.

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Infrastructure Week, Day Four

AEMlogo squareMay 16, 2019 – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and its member companies led the charge during a very busy week of infrastructure advocacy in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday morning, AEM President Dennis Slater moderated a panel as part of the 2019 American Road & Transportation Builder Association (ARTBA) Federal Issues Program. The discussion focused on the industry’s infrastructure priorities and featured ARTBA President and CEO Dave Bauer, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (ASHTO) Executive Director Jim Tymon, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) President and CEO Linda Bauer Darr, and American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Paul Skoutelas.

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Infrastructure Week, Day Three

RR051519 Donohue TomMarch 15, 2019 – Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donahue has stated his concerns about the state of our infrastructure. "The need for Congress and the administration to come together on a bipartisan plan to revitalize the physical platform of our economy is more urgent today than ever before," he said. "That’s because our nation’s infrastructure, although once the envy of the world, is now severely outdated. Our highways were developed in the 1960s, and our power lines are fast approaching the end of their life spans. Meanwhile, our inland waterways are managed with 100-year-old locks and dams. We’re essentially running a 21st century economy on a 20th century operating system – and Americans everywhere are paying the price. No doubt the cost of repairing our infrastructure will be great – but far greater is the cost of inaction. That’s why we call on President Trump and members of Congress to work together to restore our nation’s infrastructure to help power the next century of economic growth."

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