Short-Term Extension Necessary, But Falls Short of Nation's Long-Term Needs

Mar 04, 2011, 08:02 ET from Association of Equipment Manufacturers

America's Equipment Manufacturers urge Congress to finally pass six-year highway bill

MILWAUKEE, March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater issued the follow statement today in response to Congress passing an extension of the Nation'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 can'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. America's equipment manufacturers stand ready to help them succeed."

AEM founded  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.

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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