America Needs Action from President and Congress on Infrastructure Investment

Oct 11, 2010, 15:36 ET from Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Statement from Dennis Slater, President of Association of Equipment Manufacturers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater issued the following statement in response to President Obama's meeting about the infrastructure spending this morning and a recent report by the Department of the Treasury with the Council of Economic Advisers:

"For the second time in as many months, President Obama has appeared before the press and the public to announce his commitment to a 6-year plan to rebuild and modernize America's infrastructure for the 21st century – putting Americans back to work and investing in our future.  America's equipment manufacturers have urgently been making this case for nearly two years, so we are pleased to see the White House focus on this critical issue.  Now we need action. President Obama and Congress should reconvene immediately after the November elections and pass a surface transportation bill that will put thousands of Americans back to work repairing and rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges and infrastructure. Continuing to put off this fundamental responsibility of the federal government keeps employment rates high and makes a bad problem worse.  Enacting a long term surface transportation plan will benefit all Americans, revitalize our economy and strengthen our global competitiveness."

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) -

AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 800 companies and 200-plus product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the capitals of Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Beijing and a European presence in Brussels.

SOURCE Association of Equipment Manufacturers