Association Heads Comment on Presidential Election

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) President and CEO Michael Johnson issued the following statement on the outcome of the 2020 elections:

“NSSGA commends a record number of citizens for exercising their right to vote and congratulates the winners of this historic election. The strength of ROCKPAC and the active engagement of our members in the political process served to position NSSGA well to continue to advocate for the aggregates industry regardless of the results of the election. We look forward to working with the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress. We are excited about the potential for infrastructure investment. We will be encouraging President-elect Biden to bring stakeholders to the table to finally realize meaningful infrastructure funding. We will also continue to fight for reasonable regulation based upon sound science.”

Portland Cement Association (PCA) President and CEO Mike Ireland released the following statement:

“America’s cement manufacturers congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on this historic election. PCA and its members look forward to working with the new Administration and newly elected and re-elected members of Congress on a wide variety of issues affecting the cement and concrete industry. While there are many different viewpoints on issues that impact our nation, we can all agree that we need to break through partisan gridlock for the American people with collaboration and cooperation.

“As many Americans are still in need of jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PCA is eager to work with the president-elect and the new Congress on a significant infrastructure package. By working together to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, we can provide economic relief to the country while creating thousands of well-paying jobs. Additionally, we look forward to working with the Biden Administration on creating market‐based policies and initiatives that will enable the cement industry’s continued reduction of its carbon footprint while preserving our industry’s global competitiveness. We will continue to urge our elected federal officials to enact liability protections to combat the threat of unreasonable COVID-19 related lawsuits.

“This is a critical time for our nation, our economy and the cement and concrete industry. PCA is eager to work with all federal officials to advance America’s top priorities and help our nation recover from this pandemic.”

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater issued the following statement on the results of the 2020 election:

“Equipment manufacturers congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his election as the 46th President of the United States. We also congratulate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on her historic accomplishment as the first woman to be elected Vice President of the United States. The American people have spoken, and democracy has won. It is now time to put aside our differences and work across the political spectrum to find common ground.

“We are grateful to the thousands of poll workers, election officials, and volunteers who worked tirelessly to count the record-number of votes cast this year and ensure that the election was conducted with integrity. It is thanks to these unsung heroes that Americans can have the utmost confidence that the outcome of the election reflects the will of the American people.

“Equipment manufacturers also congratulate the re-elected and newly-elected members of Congress, governors, and other state and local officials. While there will be sharp differences of opinion on how to best govern our country and solve our most pressing challenges, there will also be opportunities to come together to strengthen our country. Our elected officials must put policy ahead of politics and work in a bipartisan fashion to get things done. This includes rebuilding our infrastructure, opening up more markets for international trade, and revitalizing rural America.

“Throughout this unprecedented public health crisis, the 2.8 million men and women of the $288 billion equipment manufacturing industry have consistently risen to the occasion to make the equipment that builds, powers, and feeds America. Our country faces great challenges in the weeks and months ahead, and we look forward to working with the incoming Biden Administration and all federal and state lawmakers to help defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild our economy.”

Associated Equipment Distributors’ (AED) President and CEO Brian P. McGuire also made a statement on the election. 

“Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden for prevailing after a hard-fought campaign. AED looks forward to working with the Biden administration and the incoming 117th Congress to enact AED’s pro-growth, job-creating policy agenda,” he said.

“The country can’t afford more gridlock and inaction. Democrats and Republicans must come together to provide long-overdue investments to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, maintain a capital investment incentivizing tax code and develop the next generation of skilled workers. The future prosperity of the United States hangs in the balance and AED members are ready to play a vital role in ensuring a robust and sustained recovery. We are hopeful that our elected leaders will focus on these critical issues, and refrain from the partisan games.”

The Associated General Contractors of America’s chief executive officer, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to the election:

“Congratulations to President-elect Biden and all newly elected and re-elected members of Congress. We are ready to work with the incoming administration and Congress to help craft an agenda that is focused in rebuilding infrastructure and reviving the national economy. To that end, we are eager to work with the president-elect as he and his team fashion their promised infrastructure investment proposals. In addition, we look forward to working with federal officials to craft a new, long-term highway and transit law, enact liability reform that protects honest firms from frivolous coronavirus lawsuits and pass other tax and credit measures that will stimulate economic growth and demand for construction.

“We are also ready to work with the incoming administration and Congress to ensure they understand that imposing needless new regulatory burdens and undermining the integrity of the current collective bargaining process in the construction industry will severely undermine efforts to revive our economy and efforts to expand career opportunities in the construction industry,” he stated.

“The voters have made it clear they expect its national leaders to get things done. Now that the election is over, we expect President-elect Biden and the new Congress to keep their promise and dedicate themselves to the task of bringing together all parties and positions by enacting measures that will help rebuild our country,” he concluded.

Pat Jones, executive director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), released the following statement:

“IBTTA congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their historic election victory. From the new express lanes along State Highway 288 near Houston to the implementation of all electronic tolling across the length of the Pennsylvania Turnpike – America’s first superhighway – tolling is a powerful and effective tool to fund and finance road infrastructure and reduce congestion. IBTTA and its members stand ready to work with Congress and the new Biden administration to reinvest in our vital infrastructure and help America recover from COVID-19.”

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