In response to today's action by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a 90-day extension of the federal surface transportation programs, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement on behalf of U.S. equipment manufacturers and the I Make America national grassroots campaign:

"It has been 911 days and eight extensions since the last highway bill expired. It is a great disappointment to the nearly 21,000 supporters of the I Make America campaign, U.S. equipment manufacturers, and their tens of thousands of employees that Congress must resort for the ninth time to a short-term extension to prevent our nation's critical transportation programs from shutting down.

"Because current funding expires on March 31st, there is unfortunately no choice but for Congress to pass the ninth extension of this vital national program. But enough is enough. The House must act immediately within this extension period to pass its highway bill and move to conference with the Senate.

"As we have repeatedly said, there is no single piece of legislation that will do more to immediately create American jobs, and drive U.S. economic growth and global competitiveness for the long term. Delay must no longer be considered an acceptable option."