Cement Producers CEO to Elected Leaders: Stop Dilly-Dallying on Infrastructure

The drumbeat for action by elected leaders to increase investment in the nation’s infrastructure and transportation system continues to build.

In this newest Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition podcast, Portland Cement Association (PCA) President and CEO Michael Ireland emphasizes that all great civilizations do two things — protect their citizens and build infrastructure — but America is badly behind when it comes to carving out long-term infrastructure funding.

Members of Congress have spoken about the need to focus on infrastructure but, so far, it has amounted to “lip service,” according to Ireland.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has reported that spending from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) exceeds revenues and that both the transit and highway accounts will not be able to meet all obligations in 2021.

The business community, national and regional stakeholders, and members of the public continue to ask Congress and President Trump to make modernizing infrastructure a policy priority. The United States’ infrastructure, which includes the nation’s multi-modal transportation network, is at the core of America’s economy and quality of life.

The new Congress will convene in January.

PCA, which was founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. Its members represent 93 percent of U.S. cement production capacity, with facilities in all 50 states.

PCA is a member of ATM.

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