'START US UP USA!' HOLDS RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C

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     Highway Bill Reauthorization Update
     ‘START US UP USA!’ HOLDS RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.                                                     By Gini McKain

         A large HTC-8660 gray-and-red striped 60-ton Link-
     Belt crane, trailered by Keen Transport from New Kings-
     town, PA, lead the procession of a dozen idle pieces
     of heavy construction equipment in and around the
     National Mall and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on
     Oct. 28. It was all part of Start Us Up USA! – the last
     of three rallies held around America to call on the fed-
     eral government to reauthorize critical transportation
     spending. The co-sponsors of the rally, the Association
     of Equipment Manufacturers and the Associated Equip-
     ment Distributors, want to communicate the impact of
     the recession and lack of federal funding for the con-
                                                                   Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), Chairman - House
     struction industry. The event expressed the critical need
                                                                   Transportation & Infrastructure Committee,
     of a new multi-year highway bill now.
                                                                   speaks to construction industry supporters.
         House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
     Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) was keynote speaker,
     with the Capitol and more idle equipment as a backdrop        ing is a critical component to spurring a recovery of
     in a field of 5,500 orange flags representing 550,000 laid    the construction equipment industry nationwide and
     off workers. With over a half million construction jobs       improving our nation’s infrastructure,” added Dennis
     lost since the height of the industry in 2006, Chairman       Slater, president of AEM.
     Oberstar exhorted the compelling need for the new bill            The unemployment rate for the construction seg-
     saying, “Our committee, for two and a half years, has         ment is above 17%, more than any other industry in
     held hearings on the Surface Transportation Program,          America, including the auto and financial sectors. Put
     and the changes we need to restructure the department         another way, two out of every 25 jobs lost since the
     of transportation. We need to recreate the federal tran-      beginning of 2008, can be traced to the downturn in con-
     sit and highway administration, and establish an office       struction equipment spending.
     to expedite projects in three months, instead of three            There is no more short-term solution. A long-term
     years as it is today.                                         multi-
				
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Description: "Across the country, time is running out for the men and women of this industry as job losses continue to mount and prevent a broader economic recovery," said Toby Mack president of AED. "New transportation funding is a critical component to spurring a recovery of the construction equipment industry nationwide and improving our nation's infrastructure," added Dennis Slater, president of AEM.
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