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Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users

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TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A LEGACY FOR USERS -- (House of Representatives - March 10, 2005)

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Mr. KIND. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of H.R. 3, the Transportation Equity Act. I want to acknowledge the work of the Transportation Committee on this complex bill and especially thank my friend and colleague from Wisconsin, Mr. PETRI, for his leadership on the legislation; the Wisconsin delegation is lucky to have such a strong advocate for our citizens.

We all know that transportation bills are jobs bills, and now is certainly the time that we need more jobs throughout the country. I consistently hear from constituents who are searching for work; who have sent out dozens of résumés and updated their skills but remain unemployed. Each billion dollars spent on highway funding creates not only safer and better roads: it also creates an estimated 47,500 new jobs. An investment in highway funding is an investment for steady work for those in Wisconsin and around the nation.

Furthermore, I am pleased that the bill recognizes the importance of funding crucial highways and bridges in Wisconsin's Third Congressional District. Specifically, the inclusion of funding for the Stillwater Bridge, which connects Houlton, Wisconsin, and Stillwater, Minnesota, is great news for those of us who have been working on this project for years. The bridge is only one example of an important project that will provide the nation with safer roads, shorter commutes, and better jobs.

Finally, I would like to recognize the important conservation provisions that are retained in H.R. 3. These provisions include funding for refuge road maintenance, recreational trails and forest roads, as well as funding to facilitate fish passage. It also includes new money for signs to identify hunting and fishing areas accessible to the public. One of the most important provisions is authorization to facilitate a study to help reduce the growing number of highway accidents involving wildlife. I urge my colleagues to support the bill.

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