July 15, 2014

Kaine Statement On President Obama’s Visit To Mclean For Transportation Event

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today:

“I’m sorry that votes in the Senate kept me from joining the President at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean earlier today, but I’m pleased he chose to come to Northern Virginia to discuss the importance of long-term transportation and infrastructure funding. Unreliability in federal funding has had a ripple effect in the Commonwealth, affecting our ability to ease traffic, repair roads and bridges and plan for the future. If Congress does not act within the month, a report by the National Economic Council indicates that in Virginia, some 6,600 active highway and transit projects would be slowed and some 17,000 jobs jeopardized.  While I wish we could be doing more than a short-term patch to the Highway Trust Fund in the Senate right now, I urge my colleagues to act quickly to ensure that infrastructure projects can continue past this month.  I also look forward to more opportunities to work with the Obama Administration on these important priorities.”