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NECA Leads Infrastructure Charge at RNC and DNC Conventions

Jul 25, 2016

The National Electrical Contractors Association is attending both presidential nominating conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia and hosting the premier events highlighting the need to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. The theme of the events are called “Connecting American’s Future.”

On July 18 during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, OH, nearly 30 Members of Congress, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), House Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA), House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chair Bob Gibbs (R-OH) were on hand to support additional investment in building, highway, rail, air, and water infrastructure. Nearly 30 Members of Congress are expected to attend the July 26 event to be held in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, PA.

The events are being held in conjunction with a diverse group of industry leaders, including representatives from the Greater Cleveland, Western Pennsylvania, and Penn-Del-Jersey Chapters. Other organizations supporting and attending the event included representatives from the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association, the American Traffic Safety Services Association, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART) Transportation Division. 

After a tumultuous week, the RNC was capped off with Donald J. Trump formally accepting the Republican nomination in a speech covering topics ranging from rebuilding the economy, strengthening the nation’s military, and cleaning up the government. He also criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at length, and said that he is the voice of the people who have no voice.

The DNC is off to a rocky start with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) announcing she will resign as Chair of the DNC this week after 19,000 leaked emails seemingly confirmed that the DNC appeared to have maneuvered to help give Secretary Clinton an advantage over Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary season. Sec. Clinton’s major challenge this week, much like Donald Trump’s was last week, is to unify the party.

NECA contractors have a vested interest in economic policy that will lead to greater investment in the electric grid, commercial building construction, as well as surface, rail, transit and water transportation infrastructure. A robust investment in our nation's infrastructure is essential to keeping NECA's electrical contractors in business and their employees working and to ensuring a sound economy. 

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