Lautenberg Leads Effort to Include Significant Transportation Infrastructure Investment in Jobs Agenda
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today led a group of 17 Senators in writing to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to call for a significant investment in transportation infrastructure in the series of jobs bills that will be considered by the Senate.
In the letter, the Senators wrote: "As you move forward with legislation to create jobs, it is critical that any such legislation include significant investment in transportation infrastructure. We can sustain and create hundreds of thousands of jobs by rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, expanding access to mass transit, building a comprehensive high speed rail network, investing in our freight infrastructure, and modernizing our nation's air traffic control system."
Their letter went on to say: "Transportation infrastructure investment is one of the most effective and efficient ways to create good-paying jobs and boost our economy. It helps us remain competitive abroad, become energy independent, and reduce greenhouse gas pollution."
The letter was signed by Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), John Rockefeller IV (D-WV), Jack Reed (D-RI), John Kerry (D-MA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Robert Byrd (D-WV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mark Begich (D-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Tom Udall (D-NM).