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Election Thoughts


RR110718 electionNov. 7, 2018 – The prevailing industry opinion in the aftermath of the midterm elections is that this may be a good opportunity to finally move infrastructure to the front of the list as a Washington priority. A Democratic House of Representatives and Republican Senate may find very few things they agree on, but infrastructure is certainly one of them. “An infrastructure bill is something that President Trump and lawmakers seem to agree on, and we will continue to advocate for a serious and sustainable investment in our country’s infrastructure. Fixing the funding mechanics of the Highway Trust Fund and improving our aging roads will allow goods and services to move faster and safer, create jobs and allow people to travel to work more safely. When you do all of that, our economy can grow,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “That is why we encourage all lawmakers to work together, because better infrastructure leads to a better America.”

Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers noted the opportunity that lies ahead. “After a midterm election that saw record turnout and interest, there’s now a renewed opportunity for President Trump and Congress to work across party lines to tackle the issues that will help grow our economy and keep our nation strong,” he said. “Modernizing our nation’s infrastructure, promoting free and fair trade, and supporting a strong agriculture economy should all be bipartisan priorities for the 116th Congress. The equipment manufacturing industry stands ready to do its part by working with Congress and the administration to solve some of our nation’s biggest policy challenges so that we can add to the 1.3 million good-paying jobs our industry supports.”