WASHINGTON, D.C.—National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Chief Executive Officer John M. Grau issued the following statement upon House passage of the “Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act” today:
"NECA commends House leaders for moving forward with passage of the STRR Act. Our members play a crucial role in the building and maintenance of our transportation system. Electrical contractors across the country light our nation’s highways and streets; connect rail switches and catenaries; install complex electrical systems at airports; and much more. I thank Congressional leaders for working towards a long-term bill that will provide investment in our transportation infrastructure.
Providing robust funding is necessary to address the state of good repair backlog across the transportation network and upgrade the system to expand capacity. This is critical to ensuring the safety and efficiency of the network and will help the flow of goods and people around the country. This bipartisan legislation provides a six-year road map that will begin the path to get us there. The STRR Act will help create good-paying jobs, reduce traffic congestion, invest in our nation’s economy, and keep our nation competitive in an increasingly global marketplace."
NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA contractors help customers achieve their goals for energy conservation, efficiency and renewable power. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.