The Chief Executive Officer of the National Electrical Contractors Association, John M. Grau, issued the following statement in reaction to the introduction of President Donald J. Trump’s infrastructure plan:
President Trump’s $1.5 trillion plan is an excellent first step in moving legislation forward that will help rebuild our nation’s aging infrastructure. It is also our next best chance for Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner. Infrastructure is not an issue either party owns; we as Americans own this issue.
NECA looks forward to working with the Trump Administration and Congress to enact a sweeping infrastructure plan that will rebuild and modernize our nation’s electrical grid and broadband infrastructure as well as our roads, bridges, waterways, clean water and wastewater infrastructure, and building infrastructure. America suffers from a serious infrastructure investment gap, and this proposal can pave the way to correcting our current trajectory.
We also are encouraged by the President’s call to enact needed reforms to speed up the extraordinarily slow federal permitting process, invest in rural America and increase innovation at the state and local levels.
The next step Congress must take is to unleash our true economic potential by moving this proposal forward and keep long-standing worker protections in place, including prevailing wage laws, smart utilization of project labor agreements and increasing job training through the apprenticeship model we helped pioneer more than 70 years ago.
We thank the President for putting this plan together and helping move the economic future of our nation in the right direction.