Media Center

Mar 8

Senate Democrats’ Jobs and Infrastructure proposal puts America on the right track

Silver Spring, MD - Statement of Larry Hanley, International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), regarding the Senate Democrats’ Jobs & Infrastructure Plan for America’s Workers:

“The Senate Democrats’ Jobs and Infrastructure proposal is a smart, thoughtful, and game-changing plan which recognizes the critical role that the federal government can and should play in repairing our crumbling transit systems and putting millions of Americans to work.

“Calling for $115 billion to repair and improve public transportation, it’s the boldest plan that our nation has ever seen – and it can’t pass soon enough.

“Public transit ridership is decreasing, traffic is increasing, and Americans on our highways, bridges and transit systems are travelling in unsafe conditions. The Baltimore Subway was just shut down for an entire month due to tracks that are being held together with spit, glue, and a prayer. Federal inspectors recently found scores of New Jersey Transit train cars riddled with fire risks, faulty brakes and electrical hazards. The Washington DC Metro system, once amongst the finest in the world, is in a death spiral.

“By reversing some of the most outrageous tax provisions from the Republican Robbery of 2017, this bill puts working Americans first.

“ATU commends Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the Senate Democrats for this sensible, critically important proposal.

“No fake news here. President Trump should call for the bill immediately and sign it by the end of the week. It’s the right thing for America.”