Equipment manufacturing leaders joined contractors, association leaders and hundreds of members of the construction industry to storm Capitol Hill this week, where they urged Congress to make good on President Trump's pledge to invest up to $1 trillion in American infrastructure.
The leaders descended upon Washington for the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In, an annual industry gathering focused on building transportation infrastructure.
TCC attendees heard from a marquee roster of speakers from Congress poised to make President Trump's infrastructure plans a legislative a reality. The leaders of the House and Senate committees in charge of writing an infrastructure bill -- Congressman Bill Shuster and Senator John Barrasso -- spoke to the crowd, along with a pair of pro-infrastructure Democratic lawmakers: Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty.
AEM Chair and Gradall Industries President Mike Haberman introduced Shuster, the TCC Fly-In's keynote speaker
"Congressman Shuster helped to usher the FAST Act to passage in 2015, and he is now in a position to help make President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package a reality," said Haberman. "I know we are all eager to hear from the Congressman on the path forward on infrastructure, and about how we can all be helpful in making this important legislation into law."
The fly-in took place concurrently with Infrastructure Week 2017, an annual week organized to call attention to the need to invest in America's infrastructure. AEM held its own Infrastructure Week event on rural broadband access last Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol.
In addition to hearing from speakers, Haberman, AEM President Dennis Slater and other equipment manufacturers in D.C. had an opportunity to meet more privately with Barrasso and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch.