Start Us Up USA! Asks Candidates to Pledge Infrastructure SupportCED Magazine, September 2010
Article Date: 09-01-2010
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The AED-AEM grassroots campaign gives November’s wanna-be’s a chance to distinguish themselves by signing on commitment to U.S. infrastructure.
The latest phase of Start Us Up USA! has bolted out of the gate full speed. On Friday, Aug. 13, AED and Associated Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) hosted a special conference call introducing a “campaign pledge” initiative aimed at getting lawmakers to commit to making surface transportation and water infrastructure investment a top priority in the next Congress.
AED and AEM have launched an effort to get U.S. House and Senate candidates from across the country to sign a pledge that gives them the opportunity, if elected, to publicly commit to supporting robust federal investment in surface transportation and water infrastructure programs. Such programs would create jobs, spur economic growth, ensure the country’s global competitiveness, protect public safety and the environment, and create a better quality of life for every American.
In addition to providing a public commitment to strong federal infrastructure programs, the pledge also reflects that candidates are serious about improving the way the federal highway program is financed. Details about the pledge campaign are available at www.startusupusa.com/pledge.
As CED went to press, more than two dozen candidates from both parties had already signed the pledge.
By signing the Start Us Up USA! Infrastructure Campaign Pledge, candidates and incumbents:
Agree that investing in our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure is a top priority
Commit to supporting robust federal investment in surface transportation and water infrastructure programs to create jobs, spur economic growth, ensure the country’s global competitiveness, protect public safety and the environment, and create a better quality of life for all Americans
Believe infrastructure investment should be done in a transparent and fiscally responsible manner and the current user-fee system must be improved to ensure an adequate and sustainable revenue stream for transportation programs
It was a year ago that Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) initiated the highly successful Start Us Up USA! campaign. The unprecedented grassroots effort is raising awareness about the depression-like conditions in the equipment industry and is actively urging policymakers to enact multiyear highway and water reauthorization bills, as well as tax legislation to spur economic growth and create jobs in our industry.
Five “Idle Equipment Rallies,” thousands of grassroots communications, and scores of lobbying visits later, AED and AEM are turning up the heat. The newest focus is on the congressional midterm elections. The pledge effort is a great opportunity for distributors and manufacturers to engage with House and Senate candidates about the need for certainty and increased investment in federal infrastructure programs.
Iowa-Nebraska Local Group Hosts Leading Iowa Politicians, Receives AED Founders Award
The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Distributors held its annual meeting in Des Moines on Aug. 12. The agenda included an ImPACt 2010 AED PAC check delivery meeting with Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA), and presentations by Iowa Governor Chet Culver (D) and former governor and current gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad (R).
As part of the meeting, AED Vice President of Government Affairs Christian Klein updated members on recent developments on Capitol Hill. AED President Toby Mack and Executive Vice President Robert Henderson were also on hand to present AED’s Founders Award to INED in recognition of the groups’ outstanding record of political and legislative activism.
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