U.S. Lawmakers Kick Off Crane & Rigging Workshop by Talking Infrastructure Funding

- One of the hottest issues in Washington, D.C., and the top advocacy initiative in SC&RA's strategic plan, is the infrastructure bill gaining steam on both sides of the aisle. The 2020 Crane & Rigging Workshop kicked off yesterday with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill); Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO); Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN); and Darin LaHood (R-Ill), providing an update on this critical legislation. LaHood, whose district he describes as a poster child of infrastructure said that “As we approach the expiration of the current surface transportation bill, FAST (Fixing America's Surface Transportation) Act, Congress must act in a bipartisan manner to ensure long-term and sustainable surface transportation funding.” His sentiments echoed the others with Rep. Graves commenting, “We also need to ensure stability and solvency for the Highway Trust Fund which was hit hard by the decrease in travel created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The session was moderated by Mike Joyce, Principal, Midfield Consulting, LLC and sponsored by Doral Equipment Rental; Emery + Karrigan; ENERPAC; and MATCOM. The Workshop continues today with Scott Ketcham, Director of the Directorate of Construction, OSHA, providing the latest regulatory updates impacting the crane and rigging industry.

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