ARTBA First Vice Chairman Bob Alger, president and chief executive officer of The Lane Construction Corporation in Cheshire, Conn., spent a full day on Capitol Hill, March 17, discussing the ARTBA “Getting Beyond Gridlock” (GBG) highway funding plan with key members of the U.S. Senate.

Alger met with Senate Finance Committee members Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).  Sens. Heller and Bennet are co-chairing a task force charged with developing recommendations for the full committee on infrastructure tax issues.  Sen. Schumer is the third ranking Democrat in the Senate.

Alger also met with the top staff of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and committee members John Thune (R-S.D.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas).

ARTBA leaders from the Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA) also sought support for the GBG plan in a March 18 meeting with Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the Senate Minority Whip.  The IRTBA delegation included ARTBA Director Charlie Gallagher, president of Gallagher Asphalt; and Past ARTBA Vice Chairman Ken Aldridge, chief executive officer of Aldridge Electric, Inc.

The following day, IRTBA leaders met individually with members of the Illinois delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives on the urgent need to put the federal surface transportation investment program back on long-term, solid financial footing this year.  The day included meetings with Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and staff for Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), who are members of the House Ways & Means Committee, which is responsible for all tax matters.

IRTBA’s D.C. visit also included a special briefing for fellows of this year’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), who met at ARTBA with President & CEO Pete Ruane and other senior staff.