Sen. Carper Statement on the Administration Transportation Proposal

WASHINGTON– Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, issued the following statement after U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled the administration’s proposal for a long-term transportation bill, called the GROW AMERICA Act.

“I’d like to congratulate Secretary Foxx and the administration for developing a bold and thoughtful transportation proposal with many forward-thinking ideas to consider,” Chairman Carper said. “While I am delving into the details, it is clear that this proposal builds on the foundation laid out in MAP-21 and aims to get taxpayers the greatest return for their investments in transportation projects.

“Every business and household in America relies on a well-developed and maintained transportation system. The administration’s proposal would focus on projects that offer the highest national and regional benefits and make freight transportation more affordable and reliable, helping small and large businesses of all types to compete globally.

“The GROW AMERICA Act would help states to deliver these projects faster and in an environmentally sensitive way. However Americans travel or move goods, there’s something in this proposal to help them do it more efficiently. Whether you are a passenger or a freight shipper, drive a car or truck, ride transit or rail, or bicycle or walk, this bill would improve your commute and your quality of life.

“The ideas put forward by the administration today will be invaluable to me and my colleagues in Congress as we work to find a bipartisan agreement on funding our transportation system and avoiding bankruptcy for the Highway Trust Fund.”