SAVING ENERGY THROUGH PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ACT OF 2008 -- (House of Representatives - June 26, 2008)
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Mr. DAVIS of Virginia. I rise today in strong support of the Davis-McGovern amendment to the Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act of 2008. This amendment will increase the cap on the monthly amount available to Federal employees nationwide who ride mass transit. For calendar year 2008, this would increase the reimbursement for Federal employees who ride mass transit from $115 per month to $220 per month.
At a time when transportation costs are escalating, with no end in sight, this amendment will have a positive impact on the lives and well-being of the Federal workforce. In addition, it will help promote the use of mass transit by Federal employees nationwide.
For the National Capital Region, this benefit should have a significant impact on the commuting habit of Federal employees. An estimated 165,000 Federal employees currently participate in the Federal transit benefit program. We are hopeful that this amendment will encourage additional employees to leave their cars at home and commute using mass transit, resulting in less traffic on our region's already congested roadways.
As an added incentive, employees using Metro would also have the option of using this added benefit to pay for parking at mass transit stations because employees who ride Metro use the same SmarTrip card to pay for both rail service and mass transit parking.
As a Member of Congress representing the National Capital Region, I have spent a lot of my career trying to find ways to promote the use of mass transit in our workforce. I believe this amendment will be an important step forward in both areas.
I strongly urge my colleagues to support this amendment. It's a ``two-fer,'' supporting the Federal workforce and promoting energy conservation through the increased use of public transportation.
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