As I write this column, two issues AGC of America has long championed--infrastructure funding and immigration reform--are back in the news. Unfortunately, the issues aren’t necessarily in the news for the right reasons.
One of the greatest privileges of serving as the AGC of America president is being able to meet so many members who are passionate about our industry and their involvement in this association.
AGC of America has been leading the charge in Washington to push Congress and the administration to deliver on President Trump’s campaign pledge to boost funding for repairing the country’s aging and over-burdened infrastructure. As part of that effort, we have built a broad coalition of business, government and labor groups; launched an intensive social and traditional media campaign; and continued our intensive traditional lobbying efforts.
As many of you probably saw, President Trump released his longawaited $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Feb. 12 and later that same week publicly backed a 25-cent federal gas tax increase to help make the Highway Trust Fund solvent. While both developments are significant, the fact is that it will take a lot of pressure from members of the construction industry on Congress to get them to enact any significant new infrastructure measure.