Washington D.C. – April 1, 2021 – Representing America’s cement manufacturers, Portland Cement Association (PCA) President and CEO Mike Ireland issued the following statement regarding the release of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan:
"PCA has continually advocated for passage of a long-term bipartisan infrastructure package and is encouraged that President Biden's American Jobs Plan will provide the significant investment needed to modernize our nation's highways, roads, and bridges to meet our country’s growing transportation needs. This robust plan has never been more critical, with many Americans still in need of jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“President Biden's efforts to increase research investments and tax incentives for emerging technologies such as carbon capture, utilization and storage is in line with our industry’s continual efforts to drive down the carbon intensity of our operations. Additionally, we support President Biden’s proposal prioritizing resilient infrastructure and recognition of sustainable building materials, including portland-limestone cement.
“While questions remain on how such an ambitious proposal should be paid for, we are hopeful Congress and the Biden administration will work together to identify a bipartisan path towards funding.
“Yesterday's rollout of the American Jobs Plan is a positive first step and PCA is committed to working with both parties to produce a bipartisan package this year."
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 over 90% 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.