Statements and Speeches

WASHINGTON - Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), a senior Member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on the EPW Committee's markup on the bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).

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His statement, as prepared for delivery, follows:

"I believe that if something is worth having, it's worth paying for and it's worth it to America to have a modern transportation system that is safe and effective. My colleagues and I are acutely aware that as we are struggling to rein in our massive federal deficit we must be thoughtful about how we spend taxpayer money and strive to do more with less.

"This transportation bill recognizes that we must invest the resources necessary to improve the deteriorating condition of our nation's roads, rails, and bridges and to build for the future. It also acknowledges that, if we're smart, we can invest in a way that reduces time wasted in traffic, dependence on foreign sources of oil, money lost to high gas prices and harmful air pollution, while also putting our struggling construction industry back to work.

"We have before us a golden opportunity to choose a path that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, reduce harmful pollution emissions and ease traffic congestion. This bill, MAP-21, takes us in that direction. Passing this legislation is critically important to America's economic health at home and competitiveness abroad. I look forward to working with the members of this Committee and the rest of my Senate colleagues to ensure that we pass a bill that makes best use of the resources available to address our nation's transportation, economic, and energy challenges."