This week will see two connected actions that are vital to AEM members: the full House and Senate are scheduled to act on their respective highway bills and AEM will roll out its I Make America campaign plan for 2012.

These two actions are linked for AEM members because investment in U.S. infrastructure through the passage of a fully funded, multi-year highway bill continues to be an immediate priority in the I Make America (IMA) campaign.

AEM's position is that both bills must pass their respective houses as that provides the best opportunity to achieve a fully-funded multi-year highway bill. The IMA “ambassadors,” their companies, and AEM plan to coordinate the effort to move both bills to a conference committee where the necessary compromises can be hammered out and a final bill approved. The conference bill, signed into law, could give equipment manufacturing, the construction industry and the U.S. economy some of the certainty needed for growth.

I Make America Campaign Call to Action

To support this effort AEM is rolling out the 2012 I Make America campaign plan later this week. The 2012 effort will have an even stronger emphasis on AEM member and industry engagement and grassroots advocacy. AEM is updating the IMA campaign toolkit materials and web page on AEM.org to make delivering the I Make America messages to employees and customers easier and more effective.

The campaign will issue alerts and calls-to-action providing ambassadors with the information and tools they need to make more “noise” in urging congressional representatives to pass these bills as a first step in getting this critical legislation to the president's desk.

In addition to IMA extending the industry's reach and influence on Capitol Hill, AEM has created a congressional tour program to bring Members of Congress direct to member company facilities to see and hear first-hand how legislative action – or inaction – directly affects companies and employees in their districts.

AEM launched the national I Make America campaign in 2010 to help build grassroots pressure on Washington to take action on policies critical to U.S. economic growth, global competitiveness and the strength of the equipment manufacturing industry.

I Make America's power base is the membership of AEM, and AEM urges all companies to become involved to make a difference not just on the highway bill, but on all the issues affecting the equipment manufacturing industry.

For more information on getting involved in I Make America, visit the website or contact AEM's Trisha Schoof (tschoof@aem.org, Tel: 414-298-4131).