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The ATU applauds Biden's $1.75 Trillion Package to end stalemate in Congress to Build Back Better

Union calls on Congress to immediately pass legislation providing historic funding for public transit and critical worker and rider safety measures

Silver Spring, MD – With critical relief for working families and historic funding to boost public transit, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the largest transit union in North America, applauds President Biden's proposed $1.75 trillion plan to end the stalemate on the Reconciliation Bill in Congress and calls for passage of the legislation immediately.

"This standoff in Congress on this critical legislation has gone on way too long while working Americans and their families need relief immediately. President Biden's plan, including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is a game changer for our country, public transit, and working families," said ATU International President John Costa. "It's a down payment on our future. It's time for Congress to put politics aside and do what is right for this country.”

The Biden plan, including the Infrastructure bill, provides a historic investment in fixing and modernizing our nation's crumbling transit infrastructure. This will help fight climate change with funding to replace thousands of gas-powered buses with clean, zero-emission vehicles and provide critical workforce development to ensure frontline transit workers are trained to safely repair, maintain, and operate vehicles with this new technology.

The Union also applauds the infrastructure bill's inclusion of language from the ATU-backed Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act that will make critical safety improvements to protect the lives of transit workers and passengers. For the first time, transit agencies will be required to take appropriate actions to ensure that workers are protected from these vicious attacks, improving safety conditions for everyone.

"Not a week goes by that we don't hear about a transit worker being punched, verbally abused, spit on, stabbed, shot, and even killed on the job," said Costa. "The epidemic of violent assaults on transit workers has plagued our country's transit systems for too long. These bills will help protect our members and riders and will save lives."

The Biden Plan also includes critical measures to help American families, including measures on housing affordability, childcare, Medicare, education, and other critical issues.

"President Biden's plan will help move forward his vision of the Build Back Better so we as a nation can move forward," Costa said. "So much is on the line. It's time for Congress to pass the Biden Plan and deliver what the American people voted for."