Manufacturers Applaud Needed Highway Solution

After Years of Unacceptable Congressional Delay, Well-Funded, Long-Term Bill Passes Congress

Washington, D.C., December 3, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons and Tenneco Inc. Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair Gregg Sherrill issued the following statements after Congress sent a well-funded, long-term highway solution to President Obama:

“This bill is a big step forward and a desperately needed long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure,” said Timmons. “For years, Congress has debated and delayed, and our nation’s transportation infrastructure has fallen behind for at least the previous decade. It’s been an inexcusable course of action and unacceptable to manufacturers and job creators. Fortunately, Congress has rerouted and redirected its efforts. Finally, we can begin to get back on track and invest in infrastructure to ensure manufacturing competitiveness. Critical infrastructure funding to repair and modernize our bridges, roads and aging transit systems can now move forward. Addressing growing freight needs and improving infrastructure project delivery are important hallmarks of this bipartisan legislation that will help manufacturers in the United States compete and win in the global economy.”

“Manufacturers should not have to overcome the challenges of failing infrastructure,” said Sherrill. “This well-funded, long-term surface transportation bill represents progress, but manufacturers will not rest on one day’s success in Washington. We will continue to work with Congress, this President and future Presidents to ensure that a commitment to improving our infrastructure to stay globally competitive remains a priority.”

Timmons joined Port of Philadelphia Executive Director James McDermott (at left) and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (at right) at the Port of Philadelphia to discuss manufacturing infrastructure growth and needs.

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.