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Baca Supports New Transportation Jobs Law to Strengthen the Economy

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Location: Washington, DC

Yesterday, a bipartisan bill (H.R. 1195) to help promote 40,000 good-paying American jobs in transportation and construction was sent to the President for his consideration. Specifically, the new law will make changes to remedy problems that have kept critical local transportation projects on hold. The bill also includes $1.6 million reallocated by Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) to help fund the Palm Avenue grade separation project in San Bernardino. The result of this action will allow SANBAG (San Bernardino Associated Governments) to construct two grade separations along the Alameda Corridor East, instead of just one.

"I am pleased that the funding included in this bill will support the vital Palm Avenue railroad grade separation project," said Rep. Baca. "Investing in highway and transit infrastructure is one of the best ways to jumpstart our economy and create American jobs. This legislation is an important step to beginning this process in the Inland Empire."

This new law comes at a time when American families are struggling with the rising prices of gas, groceries, college tuition, and health care. In January, Congress worked quickly to jumpstart the American economy, approving $107 billion in Recovery Rebates that have already have been delivered to 57 million households across America and will go to 75 million more in the coming weeks. Congress is continuing to fuel economic recovery by finalizing legislation to help families avoid foreclosure or keep value in their homes.

"More work to rebuild the American economy must still be done," said Rep. Baca. "The funding and technical corrections included in H.R. 1195 give our local governments the flexibility needed to carry out vital improvements to the Alameda Corridor East. This project will reduce congestion and improve road safety for our Inland drivers and families, while at the same time creating new jobs for hard-working Americans."

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