Chamber Stands with Bi-Partisan Illinois Congressional Leaders for Transportation Bill
Chicago - With federal transportation funding set to expire on June 30, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce stood with Illinois Representatives Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Robert Dold (R-Ill.), Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), as well as transportation, labor, and business leaders at a press conference in downtown Chicago Friday to urge members on both sides of the aisle to support a bipartisan transportation reauthorization bill.
“The Chicagoland Region has several projects ready to go that will provide opportunities for local companies and put people to work,” said John Carpenter, Senior Vice-President of Public Policy for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “The business community can no longer tolerate Congress passing six month extensions. Infrastructure projects require time for planning and contracting. This cannot be done when funding is in danger of being cut every six months.”
The Chicagoland Chamber supports a long-term transportation bill that will create jobs, relieve congestion, and promote economic growth by fixing ailing roads and mass transit in the Chicagoland region.
A Congressional Conference Committee has been making progress and announced plans to work through the weekend with a goal of reaching a deal next week, a bill will not be possible unless sufficient members on both sides of the aisle put aside partisanship to embrace a compromise.