Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 44
State of Play of U.S.
NRMCA Government Affairs Department
uring the 2016 presidential election cycle, the ready mixed
concrete industry was heartened by the serious talk by both
candidates of federal infrastructure investment. The growing need to repair and maintain America's infrastructure has been
highlighted by the recent report of the American Society of Civil
Engineers' (ASCE) 2017 Infrastructure Report Card that awarded the
United States an overall grade of D+. ASCE estimates that the U.S.
will need to invest $4.6 trillion in infrastructure over the next decade.
On the surface, infrastructure seems to be one of the few areas of
bipartisan agreement in Washington, D.C., During the campaign,
now President Donald Trump touted a $1 trillion infrastructure
investment package. Shortly after the beginning of the year, Senate
Democrats put forward a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal. In
his inaugural speech, President Trump repeated his commitment
to rebuilding infrastructure. Yet, for all the agreement on the
importance of an infrastructure package, there is little consensus on what it should be or how it should be paid for. The Trump
Administration has outlined a proposal to leverage a $200 billion federal spending package into a $1 trillion total investment,
incentivizing private spending on infrastructure projects. Senate
Democrats' plan envisions federal spending to account for most
of the $1 trillion.