During these extraordinary times, we are grateful for your continued leadership and the administration’s work alongside Congress to provide stability and relief to an American people and economy that are reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. We also wholeheartedly agree with you that increased federal infrastructure investment should be a top priority in the coming months.
The 31 national associations and construction trade unions of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) appreciate your continued efforts to address the unprecedented impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the American people and the U.S. economy. The TCC strongly urges you to provide state departments of transportation (DOTs) with at least a $49.95 billion infusion of federal funding to ensure improvements to the nation’s transportation infrastructure move forward and mitigate potential job losses in the transportation construction industry.
On behalf of the Highway Materials Group (HMG), we thank you for your continued leadership and work to address the unprecedented public health and economic impacts due to the spread of COVID-19.
The undersigned organizations represent workers and companies who build and provide equipment, materials, supplies and services to energy infrastructure projects and to energy production, transportation and operations. We comprise the vast supply chain that underpins the American energy revolution.
On behalf of the 400 members of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, we want to thank you for providing this opportunity to comment on the expanded family and medical leave policies that are mandated under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). We appreciate your tireless work during this extraordinary time to efficiently execute these new policies that will provide greater assistance to those overcoming the challenges of COVD-19.
On behalf of the more than 400-member companies of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), I write to express our request to classify the aggregates industry and its workers as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” (ECIW) as defined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
As the Administration, Congress and state and local governments continue their tireless work to limit the threat and spread of COVID-19, it is imperative that the industries that build, design and maintain our nation’s critical infrastructure and those that provide the essential labor, materials, and support for the construction industry through roadway safety devices and equipment distribution and maintenance are able to perform the necessary work.
On behalf of the more than 400-member companies of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), we commend you for the actions being taken in response to the unprecedented public health and economic impacts due to the spread of COVID-19. As you stem the immediate crisis and work to ensure the economic security of our Nation, we believe infrastructure investment is one of the ways to get us there.
We, the undersigned business leaders applaud your efforts to support small businesses during this crisis. In particular, we support two key aspects of your efforts. First, an emergency loan program to support small businesses during this crisis, with loans made available through private banks, supported with a federal guarantee. Using the private banking system to provide these loans is critical, as small businesses need the liquidity immediately.
While there are diverse and well-intended views on how federal policy can stabilize and resuscitate the U.S. economy during times of crisis, there are few initiatives that can match the combination of immediate and long-term benefits of increased infrastructure investment. The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee last July demonstrated infrastructure legislation focused on providing tangible outcomes can also garner overwhelming bipartisan support.