Construction Groups Present Barletta with 2017 Legislative Leadership Award

Apr 7, 2017
Press Release
Honored for Work on Transportation Infrastructure, Jobs Investment

WASHINGTON – Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), a group representing companies in the construction, mining, energy, forestry, power generation, agriculture, and industrial applications industries, yesterday awarded Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) with its 2017 Legislative Leadership Award.  Barletta was nominated because of his commitment to investing in our nation’s infrastructure, lowering taxes, eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens, and supporting career and technical education training.

“As someone who grew up in the road construction industry before starting my own line-painting business, I am honored to receive this award,” Barletta said.  “Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling, and AED members supply the equipment that will help to rebuild it.  But as I learned with my own company and as mayor of Hazleton, no small business or local government is going to hire workers, purchase million dollar pieces of equipment, and plan projects without long-term security in government contracts.  I am committed to making sure that members of both parties come together to find a sustainable funding source for transportation infrastructure investments.  Doing so will allow businesses to create jobs, boost our economy, and make America globally competitive again.

“The construction equipment industry has no stronger advocate in Congress than Lou Barletta,” AED President & CEO Brian McGuire said.  “Whether it’s pushing for increased infrastructure investment, promoting lower taxes on our country’s small businesses, leading efforts to roll back burdensome regulations, or seeking solutions to solve the nation’s skilled worker shortage, Congressman Barletta is always backing the interests of our industry and our country.”

As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Barletta has consistently pushed for a long-term transportation infrastructure funding plan, with a sustainable revenue stream to pay for it.  Barletta was a member of the conference committee that worked to finalize the FAST Act, a five-year, $305 billion transportation infrastructure funding bill passed in December 2015.  While Barletta said that the five-year duration of the bill was a good first step, he argued that Congress must prioritize finding a sustainable, dedicated funding source for a longer-term transportation plan.