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APR 2012

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS JOIN RALLY FOR ROADS GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS BY CP STAFF House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica (R-FL) and Democratic Chief Deputy Whip Sen. Bar- bara Boxer (D-CA) were among 10 bipartisan members of Congress who convened with transportation construction interests at the second annual Rally for Roads: Make Trans- portation Job #1 in Washington, D.C. Staged late last month near the Washing- ton Monument, the event called attention to the impact transportation and highway in- vestment has on the nation's economy. It was timed with House and Senate action on legislation that would resume federal high- way program funding on multi-year plans, versus the temporary extension measures since the SAFTEA-LU (2004–2009) expired. Senator Boxer "America's infrastructure is vital to eco- nomic growth and job creation," said Na- tional Ready Mixed Concrete Association Senior Vice President of Government and Po- litical Affairs Kerri Leininger, Rally spokesperson. "America's transportation needs are too great, and its impact on the nation's economic health and well-being are too substantial to delay passage of a surface transportation bill any longer. "Deficiencies in surface transportation sys- tems have cost households and businesses billions of dollars. Our livelihoods depend on roads. The support for Rally for Roads from congressional and industry members high- lights the importance of getting our nation's infrastructure back on track." Rally for Roads is sponsored by 15 na- tional associations representing stake- holders in transportation construction. Since renewing their coalition this year, Rally organizers enlisted additional sponsors, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, long a proponent of infra- structure investment, and National Asso- ciation of Manufacturers. Coalition members representing concrete produc- ers and their suppliers or customers are National Ready Mixed Concrete Associa- tion, American Concrete Pavement Asso- ciation, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Portland Cement Association and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Asso- ciation. PHOTOS: National Stone Sand & Gravel Association 6 | APRIL 2012 WWW.CONCRETEPRODUCTS.COM

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