May 8, 2017, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Portland Cement Association (PCA) today joined the 10 other organizations in the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) in urging lawmakers to take swift action on funding and regulatory reforms needed to revitalize the nation’s infrastructure. In a briefing on Capitol Hill, NACA leaders noted that the cement and concrete industry provides not only a critical construction material, but also major economic drivers behind the nation’s ability to build, maintain and grow our vital infrastructure.
“As the second most consumed product on Earth, behind water, it is impossible to contemplate revitalizing our nation’s infrastructure without putting concrete at the forefront of the discussion,” said PCA President and CEO James G. Toscas. “Concrete pavements and structures have been a mainstay of America’s infrastructure for more than a half century, with many original structures still in service.”
Cement and concrete companies provide 535,000 jobs and $100 billion in annual economic contributions to the U.S. economy. There are cement and concrete manufacturing plants and other facilities in all 50 states.
NACA shared the industry’s policy views, including the need for long-term, sustainable investment in the Highway Trust Fund, and the need for regulatory reforms that enable manufacturers to continue to supply the cement and concrete needed for infrastructure. Specifically, NACA urged lawmakers to consider the following:
- Infrastructure investment must include reforms to programs that will extend the impact of federal dollars, with a focus on long-term, nationally significant mega projects.
- Projects should address the need for durable long-lasting and resilient infrastructure.
- Congress must enact a long-term, robust and sustainable funding mechanism that addresses the Highway Trust Fund shortfalls with durable solutions that both stabilize and increase critical highway investments to position America’s economy for future success.
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About PCA: The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA members represent 92 percent of U.S. cement production capacity and have facilities in all 50 states. The Association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment. For more information, visit www.cement.org.