Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement regarding the House passage of a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund:
I want to congratulate the House on extending the Highway Trust Fund for two more months, and I hope the Senate follows suit later this week. Equipment manufacturers supported this extension because it keeps the chronic problems plaguing the Highway Trust Fund at front of mind for lawmakers for the next 10 weeks.
We heard a lot from lawmakers today about their support for a long-term highway bill. But actions speak louder than words. If Congress wants to demonstrate its commitment to a sustainable solution for the Highway Trust Fund, the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee could start by hosting hearings on the topic of highway financing. Even better would be for leaders in Congress and the Obama administration to produce new, innovative proposals on how they would fund a long-term bill.
AEM members continue to support raising the gas tax because it is the most straightforward way to make the Highway Trust Fund solvent while upholding the user fee principle. If members of Congress believe the gas tax is not politically viable, then it is incumbent upon them to produce an alternative. We look forward to seeing those proposals soon.

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) -
AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.