Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) welcomed newly-confirmed Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to his office on Tuesday, where the two discussed issues important to Southeast Michigan, including the domestic automotive industry and the likelihood of a long-term highway funding bill.
"It was wonderful to meet with Secretary Foxx, and I'm glad to see that he has already hit the ground running in his new role overseeing such a vital part of our nation's economy," said Dingell. "When we invest in infrastructure, we make it easier for American businesses to transport goods and for the American people to transport their families safely and securely across this beautiful nation. I look forward to working with Secretary Foxx to keep moving our nation forward."
Dingell reiterated to Foxx the importance of the automotive industry to Southeast Michigan, as well as the industry's successes in creating good jobs across the country. The two also discussed local TIGER projects and funding of long-term highway legislation necessary to invest in infrastructure and create additional jobs nationwide.
"There's no single industry more important to the people of my district than our domestic autos," added Dingell. "Our proud workers are creating world-class cars and trucks that are bought and sold across the globe. It is also important that we make wise investments in infrastructure projects to improve transit and make the United States even more attractive for investment. I am glad that Secretary Foxx understands that the livelihood of the auto industry and proper funding for infrastructure investment are key to helping fuel our economic recovery."