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Statement of LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan on Highway Trust Fund Investment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: communications@liuna.org or 202-942-2246

Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2015) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’
International Union of North America – made the following statement today on hearings regarding
investment in the Highway Trust Fund:

This week’s hearings in the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance
Committee to explore how to provide long-term investment for our nation’s transportation
infrastructure are positive steps. But action must not end with just hearings and another
damaging short-term patch of the Highway Trust Fund. Congress must do its full job – craft a
bill, responsibly pay for it and pass it.

 

The safety of our roads and bridges, the competitiveness of our nation and the good jobs
transportation infrastructure creates are essential. They are worth paying for.

 

We hope Congressional leadership stays focused on the urgent needs, rather than failing to do
their job because of favor for only one of many viable investment mechanisms. If it must be
done – and it must be – all responsible means must stay on the table. It remains true that since
the inception of our Interstate Highway System, the federal gas tax has provided the backbone
of resources for transportation investment, and if adjusted, it still can.

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