WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) praised the announcement of a deal reached by the White House and Senate on a bipartisan infrastructure package.
The agreement comes after several weeks of negotiations between the Biden Administration and a bipartisan group of senators and includes several provisions that will help advance research and integration of technologies derived from scrap tire rubber into future infrastructure projects, the USTMA said.
"I applaud the important work produced by senators on both sides of the aisle that will allow us to make the necessary investments in our infrastructure and advance technologies in pavement design and stormwater control," Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO, said. "This truly is a much-needed victory for our nation, proving that there are still willing partners who can come together when it matters and deliver solutions that affect every person in this nation."
USTMA said it has been engaged in the infrastructure discussions on Capitol Hill since May when the association first issued a letter to congressional leadership to outline its priorities in an infrastructure package, and has offered additional support for provisions in both the bipartisan Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021 in the Senate and the INVEST in America Act in the House.
USTMA said it also facilitated conversations directly with the House and Senate through the Tire Manufacturing Ambassador Virtual Fly-In earlier this month.
The USTMA represents 13 tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.