Congressman Engel Reiterates Obama's Call for Increased Transit Investments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joined President Obama at the Tappan Zee Bridge on Wednesday. The President called on Congress to increase federal funding for vital transportation projects.

“The Tappan Zee Bridge is long overdue for replacement. I toured the Bridge several years ago, and saw exactly how much it has deteriorated. I can only imagine that it’s grown much worse since then. I supported the allocation of$1 million for a study back in 2005, and have been fighting for increased funding for this and other critical transportation projects for years.”

“Thankfully, President Obama recognizes the need to invest in our crumbling infrastructure. I called on the President to expedite a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge, and I am pleased that he made this Bridge – our Bridge – a priority.”   

“We must not continue to ignore the urgent need to repair our roads, bridges, and highways. Increasing federal funding for transportation projects creates jobs, enhances safety, and promotes economic development. I urge House Republicans to work more closely with the White House and the House Democratic Caucus. We need to invest in our nation’s future, not undermine it.”