The Portland Cement Association (PCA) lauded President Donald Trump’s call for $1.5 trillion to be invested in revitalizing the nation’s infrastructure, and urged Congress to take swift legislative action to fully fund and sustain projects now and into the future. Cement is the core ingredient in concrete, which helps make American highways, bridges, runways, water systems and river networks safer, more durable and longer lasting.

“America’s cement producers are proud to play a critical role in what the president so aptly described as our nation of builders,” said PCA President and CEO Michael Ireland. “Today, our industry is ready to help America both rebuild long-neglected infrastructure, and construct new-and-improved transportation networks capable of serving the nation long into the future.”

Ireland added the cement industry’s strong support for swift legislative action to fund such infrastructure investments, including the need to address significant federal funding gaps.

“Taxpayers deserve to see the best return on their investment. That’s why we are seeking long-term, sustainable infrastructure funding that addresses the federal Highway Trust Fund’s shortfalls and maximizes the value of taxpayer investments,” Ireland said.

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