Transportation Topic, from State Of The Union.

Jan 31, 2015 0 Comments in Uncategorized by

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President Barak Obama’s State of the Union address, delivered to Congress January 20, drew mixed reaction from trucking industry executives. Some, like Building America’s Future co-chair and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, applauded the president’s brief mention of infrastructure in his remarks. “I am very pleased that President Obama emphasized the dire need for increased investment in America’s roads and bridges in this year’s State of the Union address,” he said.

Building America’s Future co-chair and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell concurred. “Our country is desperate for progress,” he said, “and an investment in our roads and bridges is a smart investment in creating good paying middle class jobs — something I know the president cares deeply about.”

Others wondered why the president merely glanced over the infrastructure issue, using the word only three times and including “modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet” among the goals of any infrastructure improvement plans. In fact, the words “road,” “highway,” and “pothole” did not surface anywhere in the text of the speech.

“Just mentioning infrastructure is not a solution to our nation’s critical needs,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves, “and by simply bringing the topic up without details President Obama missed an opportunity to underscore the critical role our highway system plays in our economic well being.”

One item the president and Graves agreed on was the need for bipartisan support of infrastructure legislation. Decrying the Keystone Pipeline plan, the president called for “a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than 30 times as many jobs per year, and make this country stronger for decades to come.”

Graves said, “The trucking industry calls on the president and Congress to end this unnecessary uncertainty by funding our nation’s infrastructure and passing a new highway bill.”

In the Republican response to the president’s remarks, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst mentioned infrastructure only once, in reference to the Keystone Pipeline project that the party supports.

Source: The Trucker Magazine

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