With Crisis Averted, Now Time to Focus on Long-Term Solution

Repeated Short-Term Patches Are Not the Answer for Manufacturers’ Needs

Washington, D.C., October 28, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after Senate passage of a short-term highway patch, which includes a critical extension for Positive Train Control technology:

“By extending the Positive Train Control deadline and passing a short-term highway patch, Congress avoided another near crisis that would have catapulted manufacturers into serious economic uncertainty, creating far-reaching harm. But these short-term transportation fixes are still no substitute for a well-funded, multiyear reauthorization. 

“We can’t continue living crisis to crisis. As America’s infrastructure ages, the nation falls further behind foreign competitors, and manufacturers continue to lose our competitive advantage. That’s why we will keep calling on Congress to move forward with a long-term solution that addresses manufacturers’ needs and promotes sustained economic growth.”

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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.