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LCV Statement on the Transportation Bill Conference Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Gohringer, (202) 454-4573 or jeff_gohringer@lcv.org

28 Jun 2012  |  Mike Palamuso

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the release of the final details of the Transportation Bill Conference Report, which is expected to be voted on by both chambers this week, LCV’s President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement:

“Senate negotiators rightly rejected House Republican negotiators’ outrageous attempts to attach harmful riders that would have approved the dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and undermined safeguards protecting communities from toxic coal ash.

Unfortunately, this final bill falls far short of what is needed to rebuild our nation’s crumbling systems of roads and bridges, give Americans more transportation choices, and reduce our nation’s dangerous dependence on oil.

It is unacceptable that the radical demands of House Republican negotiators stripped many of the Senate bill’s strongest provisions, weakened environmental protections, limited public input in massive transportation projects and turned back efforts to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.”

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