WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today released the following statement:
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in our nation’s infrastructure and create a better, more connected future for the American people. We cannot do that if Republicans attempt to strike transit funds and programs from the infrastructure package. Public transit is a vital tool for inclusive and robust economic growth and a crucial way that we can combat climate change and curb dangerous pollution.
“As we work with our colleagues in finalizing negotiations on a bipartisan infrastructure bill, we are making it clear that in any long-term transportation bill included in the package, we will not cut the traditional investment of transit programs in the Highway Trust Fund. Highway and transit programs are always reauthorized together, and we will not break precedent this year. Robust funding for transit must be included in the legislation. We will not support any package that neglects this fundamental part of our nation’s infrastructure.”