As part of the upcoming jobs push by the Administration there is one item of particular interest to those of us in the industry: the renewal of the Federal Highway Act that is set to expire on September 30 unless Congress takes action to extend it again.
According to an article penned by Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press:
“On Wednesday [August 31], Obama will call on Congress to pass federal highway legislation before the current law expires September 30. Seeking to blunt congressional partisanship, Obama will be joined by the leaders of two occasionally warring factions – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and David Chavern, chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”
Following Obama’s address in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, Julie Pace and Joan Lowy of the Associated Press quoted Obama as saying:
“For construction workers and their families across the country, it represents the difference between making ends meet or not making ends meet.”
One step, but a good one for the industry.