American Foundry Society urges Congress to approve infrastructure package
January 16, 2018
The American Foundry Society (AFS) is calling on Congress to approve a package that will strengthen the U.S. economy and improve the nation's infrastructure.
"Roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, water and sewer pipes, the energy grid … are the foundation of our country’s jobs, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and national security. Yet the nation’s infrastructure network, designed generations ago, is under-funded, poorly maintained, and inadequately designed to meet 21st century needs," AFS CEO Doug Kurkul wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
A similar letter was delivered to President Donald Trump.
AFS is urging the implementation of key policies, including a $1 trillion investment over 10 years for long-term infrastructure projects, reforms to streamline permitting and approval of large projects, and a requirement that the materials used to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, including metal castings, are produced in the U.S.
"As the leading manufacturing association representing domestic metalcasters, we support passage of a balanced infrastructure investment package that will lift our nation’s economy and improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of our nation’s infrastructure network," Kurkul wrote.
To view the letter from AFS in its entirety, please click here.
The American Foundry Society is a dynamic technical and advocacy organization that serves and represents the $33 billion metalcasting industry. AFS is the only association serving the entire industry, including all metals and processes, with a three-part focus on advocacy, education, and innovation. AFS also publishes Modern Casting and Metal Casting Design & Purchasing magazines and presents Metalcasting Congress and CastExpo, the largest trade events in North America. Founded in 1896, the organization is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an advocacy office in Washington, D.C. More information is available at afsinc.org.