AAFA Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

August 10, 2021 | WASHINGTON, D.C.

American Apparel & Footwear Association President and CEO Steve Lamar welcomed today's passage in the Senate of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
"This historic infrastructure package aims to create jobs by strengthening America’s global competitiveness. It is forward-looking and we are thrilled that it will help prevent future bottlenecks that could threaten our economic growth," said Lamar. "We are pleased to support this administration and Congress in taking this legislation one step closer to the finish line to set the American economy on a path of long-term growth. While we are experiencing historic gridlock in our ports and logistics corridors, it is refreshing that Congress is not following suit and is instead coming together in a bipartisan fashion to help keep our economy moving. It is now time for the House to approve, and the President to sign into law, this much needed and long overdue legislation. 
"At the same time, we cannot over-stress the need for additional federal support to address the current - and worsening - shipping crisis that has caused destructive chaos at the ports, on the oceans, and increasingly at retail from empty shelves to inflation. "
Earlier this month, AAFA applauded the progress on the bipartisan infrastructure package but called for immediate action to help the industry navigate out of the current shipping crisis and away from the oppressive tariffs that threaten the U.S. economic recovery.