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Second Stimulus: Oberstar to Discuss Transformational Bill


Transportation Bill Could Jump-Start Long-Term Economic Recovery

August 5, 2009

Katie Eukel
651-767-0298 x115

(SAINT PAUL). Congressman Jim Oberstar will be in room 125 of the State Capitol today at 2:45 p.m. (Wednesday, August 5th) to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, often known as the stimulus package. Undoubtedly, he will also talk about the potentially transformative, 775-page federal transportation bill he introduced this June and hopes to pass by September 30th.

Although the challenge of funding this transportation bill has created some obstacles to quick and easy passage, Chairman Oberstar’s influence on the legislation gives Minnesotans a chance to have extraordinary influence over the direction of our nation’s transportation system. “Congressman Oberstar’s bill presents an extraordinary opportunity for a ‘second stimulus’ that could rebuild our economy, revitalize our smallest towns and biggest cities, and jumpstart a long-term recovery with smart investments in 21st century infrastructure,” says Dave Van Hattum, Policy and Advocacy Program Manager for Transit for Livable Communities, an organizational member of Transportation for America’s Minnesota coalition.

Congressman Oberstar’s bill would move America forward: it focuses on improving metropolitan and rural mobility, addresses a chronic maintenance backlog, and establishes a national plan for our transportation system before spending vast new sums of money. Bottom line: it underscores the need for a serious overhaul of our federal transportation program.

Transit for Livable Communities is a nonprofit organization working to reform Minnesota's transportation system. Through advocacy, organizing, and research, we promote a balanced transportation system that encourages transit, walking, bicycling, and thoughtful development.
Transportation for America is a broad coalition of housing, environmental, equal opportunity, public health, business, transportation and other organizations focused on creating a 21st century national transportation program. The coalition’s goal is to build a modernized transportation system and healthy communities where people can live, work and play by aligning national, state, and local transportation policies with an array of issues like economic opportunity, climate change, energy security, health, housing and community development.


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