WASHINGTON—The Alliance for American Manufacturers has sent an email to members and supporters, urging them to sign a letter to members of Congress, urging them to make passage of a long-term highway bill a top priority when they return to Washington after the November midterm election.
“According to a new report from Duke University, our transportation infrastructure now ranks just 16th in the world,” said the Oct. 15 email signed by Scott Boos, AAM senior vice president for government affairs and policy.
“Congress' ‘kick the can down the road' approach to passing a highway bill is costing us upwards of 900,000 jobs and making it harder for manufacturers to efficiently and reliably move their goods into the market,” Boos said.
The Duke researchers also found that infrastructure investment creates 21,671 jobs for every $1 billion spent, Boos said.
The attached form letter allows AAM supporters to fill in their names and addresses and submit the letter automatically.
“Improving our transportation system is an economic imperative,” the letter states. “Not only are our roads and bridges in repair, but traffic congestion costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars in wasted time, productivity and competitiveness.”