Politics News

CEG's Politics News page gives you the inside scoop on what's happening in construction industry politics on the local, state and federal levels. It's your go-to source for developments in legislation, court rulings and more.


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), together with the dozens of industry partners, sent a letter to congressional leadership, urging passage of a one-year extension of the current surface transportation law, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, before it expires on Sept.

JLG Industries Inc. , an Oshkosh Corporation company and global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms and telehandlers, is supporting the Association of Equipment Manufacturers I Make America "Equipped To Vote" campaign, a national effort to engage, educate, and mobilize the 2.8 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry leading up to the election this fall.

Scott Dane is a former merchant marine careerist who segued into a leadership role in the Minnesota logging industry. Recently, the marine engineer "capped" his diverse career with a national appearance on TV as a speaker at the Republican National Convention — he wore a "Make Logging Great Again" cap during his talk.

On Aug. 12, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) launched Equipped to Vote, a national get-out-the-vote campaign to urge the 2.8 million men and women of the industry to register to vote and support pro-manufacturing candidates during the 2020 election.

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement supporting introduction of legislation to strengthen manufacturing by U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan: "The Association of Equipment Manufacturers commends the introduction of the National Institute of Manufacturing Act to strengthen the manufacturing sector and ensure the future competitiveness of U.S.

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act, a massive funding package meant to regenerate America's transportation infrastructure as it gives a shot in the arm to health care, airports, clean energy, broadband, education, and drinking water.

The New Jersey Legislature has pushed through new legislation that revises the definition of "public works projects" to permit government-mandated PLAs on even more projects. This legislation now sits on Governor Murphy's desk for him to sign into law.

Equipment manufacturers, now more than ever, are doubling down on efforts to communicate to lawmakers about the important role federal infrastructure investment should play as part of our national economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, AEM sent a letter to President Trump and Congressional leadership urging them to include infrastructure investment in a government relief package.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is entitled to "considerable deference" in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a June 11 federal appeals court decision. The ruling assures that the transportation construction industry is free to use proven workplace best practices to protect its workers, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

Like many Americans in the transportation and infrastructure building industry, Russell McMurray is keeping a close eye on the prospects of a massive new economic stimulus bill currently before the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package on May 15 designed to, among other things, provide aid money to a range of concerns across the country, as well as additional $1,200 payments to American taxpayers.

A $3 trillion, 1,815-page COVID-19 relief measure proposed by the House of Representatives on May 12 contains $15 billion in stopgap funds for state departments of transportation – well below the nearly $50 billion the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials projects state DOTs will need to continue operations in the face of drastic falloffs in motor fuel tax revenues, toll road receipts, and other funding sources.