Mayor Landrieu Issues Statements On Recent U.S. Senate Actions

NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statements:

 

         Funding for highway construction was set to run out on Sunday, May 31, 2015, but the passage of H.R.2353, Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, creates another deadline in only two short months.

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         After the U.S. Senate approved a short-term extension of transportation funding by voice vote after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the same bill last week, Mayor Landrieu said:

 

         “In Louisiana, more than 1,800 bridges are in need of repair even as our State faces a severe budget crisis. I have repeatedly urged Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill that provides increased funding and a greater share of resources directly to local areas. It's past time for Congress to do its part and invest in our nation’s aging and failing infrastructure. Here in New Orleans, investment in transportation and infrastructure not only creates jobs, but connects our residents to the tens of thousands of jobs being created across our region. Our needs are great, and Congress must take immediate action.”

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         And after the U.S. Senate voted to grant the Obama Administration Trade Promotion Authority last week, Mayor Landrieu said:

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         “New Orleans has seen tremendous economic growth over the last five years. We’re now home to the 8th largest export market in the nation, and Louisiana exports to countries with free trade agreements increased by 418 percent over the last 10 years. As we look toward New Orleans’ 300th anniversary in 2018, a robust, aggressive trade agenda that ships more American-made products overseas is critical to our future. If we’re serious about growing and strengthening the middle class, creating good-paying jobs here at home and reducing income inequality, then it’s important we support the President’s plans to expand countries where businesses can compete. I commend the Senate’s vote to make sure America is setting the trade agenda for the world, and I look forward to working with the President as we expand American exports in a way that creates more opportunities for middle class families to get ahead.”

 

 

 

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