Manufacturers: Serious and Devastating Impact to Economy if Senate Fails to Act on Highways

House Passes Highway and Positive Train Control Legislation

Washington, D.C., October 27, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Robyn Boerstling issued the following statement on House passage of a short-term highway bill:

“While Congress works to fund our highways and transportation infrastructure, manufacturers are yet again making contingency plans for another crisis from Washington: the looming deadline for Positive Train Control. If Congress fails to act in a timely manner, the economic implications will be serious and cannot be understated. A suspension of rail service will disrupt manufacturing production for many industries and will have a cascading impact across the economy. Today, the House worked to resolve the impending and devastating economic harm that would be created without an extension for Positive Train Control, and now manufacturers need the Senate to act.”

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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