Infrastructure investment and workforce development are trucking’s top priorities, according to American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear.
Speaking at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Spear also testified on how the trucking industry is responding to ongoing supply challenges caused by a multitude of global factors and detailed specific keys for Congress to help unlock bottlenecks throughout the supply chain.
ATA has been an ardent supporter of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill signed into law this week, having testified 25 times over the last five years on the dire need for greater federal investment to fix roads and bridges and bolster the U.S. supply chain.
Spear cited actions the industry is taking to grow and strengthen its workforce over the long-term, such as pursuing federal apprenticeship programs included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, more urban hiring, recruiting veterans and exiting military service members, and boosting retirement incentives and health and wellness programs.
His full written testimony can be read online.