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Ed Mortimer is executive director of Transportation Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Mortimer oversees the development and implementation of the Chamber’s transportation and infrastructure policy and represents the Chamber on Capitol Hill as well as before the administration and other industry organizations in regards to this issue area. Mortimer also leads the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition as its executive director.
Mortimer comes to the Chamber from AECOM, where he served as director of Government Relations, and was responsible for coordinating government affairs efforts with the company’s infrastructure market segment, representing AECOM’s interests before federal, state and local officials. Prior to this role, Mortimer was the director of Transportation and Infrastructure as the U.S. Chamber. Mortimer also previously served as director of Government Relations for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) and as a legislative representative for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
Mortimer received a bachelor’s of arts degree in political science from The American University as well as completing an Executive Management program from Georgetown University.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
The American business community knows what regulatory overreach looks like, and we know the effect it has on economic growth. In 1978, Congress approved and President Jimmy Carter signed legislation to deregulate the aviation industry. A few years later, Congress also agreed to deregulate the motor carrier and freight railroad industries. By allowing free-market competition in these industries, we have experienced an unprecedented rise in reliability, safety, and efficiency.
America’s infrastructure is aging and in dire need of modernization. The American Society of Civil Engineers, in its latest Infrastructure Report Card, graded the condition of our nation’s infrastructure as a D-plus overall. The report also estimated that government needs to invest $2 trillion over current spending levels for the next 10 years to modernize the system.
These challenges are significant, but they are not insurmountable. It’s promising that the Trump administration has been vocal about the need to rebuild and vastly improve our infrastructure, and Congress has also indicated its willingness to get to work on solutions. Without a doubt, it’s time for our leaders in Washington to take charge and tackle the problem with stable funding and a long-term plan.
For years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has supported meaningful action to reinforce our once-unequalled infrastructure, and we’ve continued to offer a slate of potential solutions to prove it. Now comes the tough part: In order to turn ideas into action, America needs to make a significant commitment and investment. So how do we pay for it?
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