Today, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass offered an amendment to the Republican's fiscal year 2013 budget that would provide an optimal opportunity for Los Angeles to build three critical transportation projects in Los Angeles including the Crenshaw/LAX line, Expo light rail line as well as building a Leimert Park station along the Crenshaw line.
Bass' amendment mirrors a bipartisan transportation bill that recently passed in the Senate which creates jobs, repairs roads and bridges, and makes key infrastructure investments to strengthen the economy. Current transportation funding expires at the end of March and without swift action from Members of the House, key construction projects that are underway will be halted.
"Creating an amendment to the Republican budget was an essential step to ensuring our state and local governments had a real opportunity to pave the way for a stronger America," said Rep. Bass. "President Obama made it clear that projects like the Leimert Park Station, and the Crenshaw/LAX and Expo light rail lines are a top priority for his Administration. I stand with the President and Members of the Senate who are in favor of supporting common sense legislation instead of locking what has always been a bipartisan initiative in an irresponsible political battle. I urge my Republican colleagues in the House not to risk approving funding that creates jobs and improves our country to score a few negligent political points."
If approved, Bass' amendment would create or save more than 177,000 jobs in California. In addition, the amendment increases the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) funding to $1 billion, helping to expedite transportation projects in 33rd Congressional District. The amendment also provides greater stability for LA Metro's existing projects and operations as well as funding opportunities for all of the transportation projects in California's 33rd Congressional District.