Dennis Slater president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers(AEM) has issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s proposed budget:
|!|President Obama’s transportation budget proposal is a good start as it recognizes that rebuilding and modernizing roads bridges and other critical infrastructure would create American jobs and make our nation more competitive with other countries. Unfortunately however the proposal falls short by not addressing the crucial issue of how this essential infrastructure investment will be funded putting in question whether it will ever be approved.
|!|A long-term transportation policy for the country requires both bipartisan leadership and action. We hope that the budget released yesterday by the White House is an indication that President Obama intends to provide that leadership and America’s equipment manufacturers stand ready to help. Repairing unsafe roads and bridges and building a surface transportation framework that creates jobs and makes America more competitive is an urgent national priority that cannot wait.|!|