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Funding America's Surface Transportation

Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement regarding passage of the Funding America’s Surface Transportation Act by both chambers of Congress:

LIUNA applauds Congress for its bipartisan action in passing the Funding America’s Surface Transportation Act, ending a decade of duct-tape approaches to our country’s critical transportation infrastructure.

They have proven good things can happen in Congress. Taking care of the transportation system that we rely on every day is the kind of action voters want and expect more of from Congress.

With the passage of this five-year highway bill and a signature expected from the President, our nation will be safer, our economy stronger and good jobs more plentiful. This is a victory for the country, and for the powerful coalition of labor, business and civic groups, as well as the hard-working members of LIUNA, who have persistently and relentlessly campaigned for passage of long-term investment.

Legislators now have ample time to move forward in a similar fashion to craft a transportation policy with a sustainable flow of needed revenue to avoid the damaging practices that have preceded its action. To do otherwise will return the U.S. transportation system to a state of decline and deterioration.

Special recognition goes to Chairman Inhofe, Ranking Member Boxer, Chairman Shuster, and Ranking Member DeFazio for their efforts to pass this legislation.
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