WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement after meeting with President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to discuss transportation infrastructure legislation:
“By holding this bipartisan meeting today, President Biden made it clear that investing in our transportation is a top priority. The American people desperately want us to bring our roads, trains, and bridges out of the last century and into the future. And President Biden and I know that we need to do that in a way that builds back better, putting our transportation sector on a path to zero emissions and creating millions of good-paying jobs in the process.
“Reauthorizing our surface transportation programs is how we make this happen. A surface transportation reauthorization bill can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs to strengthen our economy, and move us to a cleaner, safer future. I’m currently putting together a bipartisan bill that does just that, and I’m glad it’s at the top of the Administration’s agenda. Our current authorization extension expires in September: there is no time to waste. Now, I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues in the House and in the Senate to get this done.”