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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Washington, D.C. (July 1, 2014) – LIUNA leaders – including Terry O’Sullivan, General President, Armand E. Sabitoni, General Secretary-Treasurer, and Dennis Martire, Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager – joined President Obama and Transportation Secretary Foxx today at the Key Bridge in their call for Congress to address the Highway Trust Fund crisis. They issued the following statement:
LIUNA applauds President Obama and Secretary Foxx for calling on Congress to take action to address the failing Highway Trust Fund. It is a message the half-million members of our union have been reiterating for months as our “Getting Schooled in Infrastructure” bus travels the country.
It’s time to stop sugar-coating this issue. The deteriorating condition of our transportation infrastructure, with one in four bridges deficient or obsolete and potholes and other poor road conditions contributing to approximately 10,000 traffic deaths a year – coupled with hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk – should compel lawmakers to act.
Congress has no excuses. Unsafe roads and bridges do not discriminate by political party. We are all affected and we should be able to expect a bipartisan solution.
The “Getting Schooled in Infrastructure” school bus is an actual bus that has been crushed by a replica of a fallen bridge. The bus is traveling the country to sound an alarm about our roads and bridges and to build support for passage of a long-term, full-investment Highway Bill. Since June 15, the bus has traveled 2,269 miles through 29 Congressional Districts and will continue to tour.
For more information on the “getting schooled” bus and other efforts to protect jobs and make our roads and bridges safer, visit www.FixOurBridges.org. For current information on the location of the bus follow @LIUNA on twitter.