Infrastructure InvestmentNow that the U.S. Senate passed its version of the bipartisan infrastructure package this month with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, it’s now up to their counterparts in the U.S. House of Representatives to get the bill over the finish line.

The potential $1.2 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure – which includes $550 billion in new physical infrastructure spending on roads and bridges, broadband, power reliability, safe drinking water, ports and waterways, and more – could create nearly 500,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs within a few years, including over 100,000 equipment manufacturing jobs.

“The success of our industry’s advocacy efforts is due in no small measure to the close cooperation between the AEM Advocacy Team and our member companies,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM senior vice president of government and industry relations. “The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by the U.S. Senate is exactly the type of bipartisan approach to infrastructure investment that equipment manufacturers have long championed. But the fight is not over. That is why AEM and our member companies have launched a national media campaign urging Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House to pass the bipartisan bill without delay.”

Given the once-a-generation opportunity to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, including various benefits to our communities and the 2.8 million men and women equipment manufacturers, AEM and its members have taken their case to the opinion pages of state and local newspapers over the last two weeks.

For example, in the Charleston Post and Courier, Calder Brothers Corporation’s Glen Calder wrote that if we “add all [of the] benefits up…passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act means a good deal for South Carolina and our country.” In the Columbus Dispatch, AEM’s Dennis Slater urged “Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House to follow the example by Sen. Portman to do what’s best for our nation by working together to get infrastructure done this year.” Diamond Z’s Brandon Simpson highlighted in the Idaho Statesman how poor infrastructure conditions in Idaho impact consumers and businesses like our ours, writing that it “impacts manufacturers’ ability to move product in and out of factories and maintain a high level of productivity.”

Crisscrossing U.S. opinion pages to Arizona, AEM’s Dennis Slater shared that “[Sen.] Sinema shows how to lead” on infrastructure in the Tucson Star and again in the Grand Forks Herald writing “Leadership shown by Sen. Hoeven (R-N.D.) this month by supporting the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is good for all North Dakotans, and especially our state’s manufacturers.”

Doosan Bobcat’s Mike Ballweber pointed out in the Bismarck Tribune the impact infrastructure investment could have on North Dakotans who don’t have broadband access, stating “Passing the IIJA would mean North Dakota would receive $100 million to expand broadband coverage, including providing access for nearly 20,000 North Dakotans who currently do not have it.”

TWG’s Arjun Mirdha wrote in the Tulsa World that “Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House have an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to the American people their commitment to focus on what is best for America and our infrastructure for the years to come.” And in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, CNH Industrial’s Scott Harris praised local lawmakers, offering “By voting for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, [Sens.] Hoeven and Cramer made the right choice for North Dakota families, manufacturers, and our economy.”

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