Statements and Speeches

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del) participated in the Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, “State and Local Perspectives on Transportation.”

A copy of Sen. Carper’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follows:

“I would like to welcome our witnesses to this important hearing on ‘State and Local Perspectives on Transportation.’

“It is vital that your perspectives be part of the debate on reauthorization of the transportation bill. The federal transportation program cannot be successful without our state and local partners.

“These partners are responsible for the construction and maintenance of our nation’s transportation infrastructure. It is significant that these partners – from diverse geographic locations – are united in their call for a robust transportation bill.

“A few weeks ago, the head of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, and the head of the Chamber of Commerce, testified before this committee in support of a robust bill with a gas tax increase. It is notable that so many federal, state and local partners believe that increased investment in transportation is essential for our future prosperity.

“As we work to reauthorize the transportation bill, there are certainly ways that we can improve existing transportation spending. We can consolidate duplicative programs and accelerate project delivery in order to get more bang for the buck. However, we cannot cut our way to a 21st century transportation systems. Additional investment is absolutely necessary.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues to achieve a transportation bill that is wiser about spending existing resources and delivers the funding we need.”