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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters and Congressman Enyart Lead 126 Members Urging Robust Funding for TIGER Grants

July 30, 2014
Press Release

July 30, 2014

 

Congresswoman Waters and Congressman Enyart Lead 126 Members Urging Robust Funding for TIGER Grants

 

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) and Congressman William L. Enyart (IL-12) sent a letter expressing extreme disappointment in the drastic cuts to TIGER grant funding for fiscal year 2015 in the House Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations (T-HUD) bill. TIGER is a nationwide competitive grant program that creates jobs by funding investments in transportation infrastructure by states, local governments, and transit agencies like Metro in Los Angeles County. The letter was addressed to Chairman Tom Latham and Ranking Member Ed Pastor of the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee. A previous TIGER grant facilitated the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor.

The letter urged support for, at a minimum, the Senate Appropriations Committee funding level for TIGER grants of $550 million in fiscal year 2015 without restrictive language. A total of 126 Members of Congress signed the letter. The text of the letter follows:

"We were extremely disappointed to learn that TIGER grant funding suffered a more than 80% cut, receiving only $100 million in the fiscal year 2015 House Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations (T-HUD) bill.  We were also disappointed by the restrictive language that prohibits certain types of transportation projects such as mass transit from receiving TIGER funding.  We are writing to urge you to support, at a minimum, the Senate Appropriations Committee funding level for TIGER grants of $550 million in fiscal year 2015 without restrictive language.

 

"TIGER grants are distributed by competition, and the demand for these grants is enormous in comparison to the available funding.  For fiscal year 2014 funding, for example, the Department of Transportation received applications from almost every State in the country for projects that totaled $9.5 billion. The President's budget request had included $1.25 billion for this important program.

 

"Investment in infrastructure creates jobs in communities throughout the United States while it builds and repairs our nation's highways, bridges, and mass transit. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates that we will need to invest $3.6 trillion in infrastructure by the year 2020.  In 2013, in an evaluation of capacity, condition, and public safety, among other critical characteristics, the ASCE gave American infrastructure a D+.  Cutting funding to the TIGER grant program would be a terrible mistake in light of the drastic need to improve our infrastructure and to protect American jobs. 

 

"Again, we urge you to support investment in our nation's transportation infrastructure through adoption of no less than the Senate funding level of $550 million for the TIGER grant program in fiscal year 2015."

 

 

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