Time is running out for Congress to pass a surface transportation reauthorization bill ahead of the September 30, 2020 deadline. The NAM is gathering signatures from manufacturing association partners for a letter urging congressional leaders to advance an infrastructure investment package before that deadline that will improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of our nation’s infrastructure.

We invite you to add your organization’s name to this letter by Monday, June 29 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EDT.

It is a crucial time to highlight for policymakers the critical role of transportation infrastructure for our nation’s ongoing response and recovery to COVID-19, as well as the need for bold infrastructure investments to maintain U.S. economic competitiveness.

This letter is open to manufacturing trade associations and State trade association partners.

Thank you in advance for your support. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Robyn Boerstling or Stephanie Hall.

Robyn M. Boerstling
National Association of Manufacturers
Vice President, Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy
Email:   rboerstling@nam.org

Stephanie Hall
National Association of Manufacturers
Director, Innovation Policy
Email: shall@nam.org

Thank you for your support.

Thank You for your support.

Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Need for an Infrastructure Investment Package

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate

The Honorable Charles Schumer
Minority Leader
U.S. Senate

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leaders Schumer and McCarthy:

Our organizations represent all parts of the manufacturing supply chain and manufacturers across all 50 states. We urge you to advance a bold, long-term infrastructure bill to address our nation’s longstanding infrastructure needs and to provide much needed stability and certainty for our sector during this critical time. We encourage you to come together in a bipartisan manner to provide historic investment and pass a surface transportation reauthorization ahead of the September 30, 2020 deadline.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers in America have continued operating while doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of millions of employees, their families and their communities. Transportation and logistics partners across the manufacturing supply chain went into overdrive to provide our sector with the capabilities to meet the immediate challenges posed by COVID-19. These partners enabled industry’s efforts to increase production, retool supply chains and adapt to quickly evolving circumstances to get critical supplies to the parts of the country that needed them most. Manufacturers’ ongoing response efforts depend on our nation’s infrastructure system and taking action now to invest in and modernize our infrastructure can advance the next steps of recovery and renewal.

Even before the crisis, America desperately needed robust infrastructure investments. Now, building a 21st-century infrastructure system will not only provide urgently needed jobs but also lay the foundation for a more competitive economy. Congressional action is necessary to address the revenue shortfalls facing state transportation departments due to unexpected decreases in road travel. Forward-looking, long-term investments in all kinds of infrastructure are needed to renew and expand our economy, grow jobs and compete globally. Acting now to invest in our nation’s infrastructure will avoid interruption to ongoing projects and empower state officials and the private sector to proceed with planning new, bold infrastructure projects across the country.

We appreciate efforts in both the House and Senate on key pieces of federal infrastructure authorizations, and we urge Congress to advance proposals that can unite stakeholders by prioritizing progress on a robustly funded, on-time surface transportation reauthorization. We look forward to working together to advance a bill that supports the future of U.S. infrastructure and all those who depend on it.