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.
The organizations signed below urge Congress to take immediate action to help mitigate the adverse effects COVID-19 has had on the aviation industry. Specifically, Congress should authorize an additional $10 billion in Airport Improvement Grants (AIP) to help continue airport capital projects and programs that are currently underway, including facility projects that are mission critical to the operation of the airport.
As America confronts COVID-19, it is critical that any fiscal and economic response to help businesses survive the crisis match the scale and intensity of the steps being taken to end the pandemic. Schools, workplaces, and entire industries have been closed in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. These steps are unprecedented, as is the speed and severity of the economic collapse they have precipitated.