OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn reaffirmed the business community’s frustrations by stating, “Great leaders from business, government and labor are joining together with a unified voice to ask Congress to get the job done now. We need certainty in planning, infrastructure funding, reforms, and innovations that are important to a 21st century global economy with a state-of-the-art transportation system.”
Transportation funding expires June 30, unless Congress acts. At jeopardy are 2.9 million jobs across the nation. The original transportation bill, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), expired September 30, 2009. The bill has been extended nine times, at an inadequate 2005 funding level, with NO reforms or innovations, over the last three years. The House and Senate have tried to reconcile their own separate transportation bills, but if new legislation is not passed by June 30, another stop-gap measure will be necessary.
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In addition to having funding certainty for these long term infrastructure projects, both the House and Senate bills contain innovative financing tools and critical reforms needed to leverage funding and get projects approve and under construction more quickly.
At a press conference on June 7, 2012, many Southern California leaders from across industry sectors urged Congress to pass legislation ensuring that revenues are available to fund vital transportation infrastructure projects for our region, and the nation’s, economic prosperity. In addition to having funding certainty for these long term infrastructure projects, both the House and Senate bills contain innovative financing tools and critical reforms needed to leverage funding and get projects approved and under construction more quickly.
Washington D.C. Office:
Sen. Barbara Boxer – 202.224.3553
Sen. Dianne Feinstein – 202.224.3841
Cong. Ken Calvert – 202.225.1986
Cong. John Campbell – 202.225.5611
Cong. Gary Miller – 202.225.3201
Cong. Dana Rohrabacher – 202.225.2415
Cong. Ed Royce – 202.225.4111
Cong. Loretta Sanchez – 202.225.2965
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As a member of the Orange County Business Council, I’m calling to urge you to pass a transportation bill by June 30 and reject motions to drastically cut highway and transit funding. We need a transportation bill to create much-needed jobs, provide critical reforms and get our economy moving again. This is one of the most important things Congress can do to stimulate economic growth and make our country more competitive in the 21st century.