NSSGA rallies support for transportation bill

By |  June 12, 2014

NSSGA says its president and members attended the third Rally for Roads June 11 in Washington, D.C., a one-day created to call attention to the need for a fully-funded transportation bill.

Held in conjunction with the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In, Rally for Roads was held on the Capitol grounds. Participants included highway users, labor, construction professionals and materials and equipment suppliers, according to NSSGA.

NSSGA is a sponsor for both events. Other Rally for Roads sponsors include the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Associated General Contractors, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Safety Services Association, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, International Safety Equipment Association, Laborers’ International Union of North America, Portland Cement Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

NSSGA President and CEO Mike Johnson, who participated in the Rally for Roads and the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In, commented on the enthusiastic support for the nation’s infrastructure.

“The coming together of organized labor and business interests, and the participation of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, for today’s rally proves that transportation infrastructure isn’t a partisan or political issue, it’s a national issue,” he says. “America needs long-term investment in our roads and highways, which are essential to a strong economy, good jobs and the quality of life of every American. Members of Congress should heed the message that is being delivered loudly and clearly today and take the necessary action to make sure that our future is even brighter than our past. In short, they should do the job that they were elected to do.”

Ten Congressional members also participated in the Rally for Roads, including Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.), NSSGA says.

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