Congressman Steve Cohen commended President Obama for including key elements of the Congressman's recently introduced livability legislation in the Fiscal Year 2011 Transportation Budget. The Congressman's bill works to ensure that the nation's transportation system improves communities, spurs economic development and enhances overall quality of life.
"When it comes to moving boxes and freight, no city in America rivals Memphis's efficiency and effectiveness," Congressman Cohen said. "However, when it comes to transporting our own citizens, Memphis has a long way to go. The legislation I have introduced will help Memphians have mobility throughout the city."
In December, Congressman Cohen introduced H.R. 4287, the Enhancing Livability for All Americans Act, which would create the Office of Livability within the U.S. Department of Transportation. This new office will focus on helping communities develop and maintain safe, reliable, integrated and accessible transportation networks that improve the economic and social well-being of residents. This morning, as part of the Fiscal Year 2011 U.S. Department of Transportation Budget, President Obama included $20 million to implement key elements of H.R. 4287 -- $8 million will be used to create the Office of Livability, while $12 million will be used for grants and technical assistance to state, local and non-profit organizations.
"The Office of Livability will play a vital role in providing the funding and the technical expertise to rural and urban areas, like Memphis, that are working tirelessly to become even more desirable places to live, work and visit," Congressman Cohen said. "I commend President Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for including my plan in next year's budget."
Congressman Cohen has been a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since January 2007.