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Herr Embraces President’s Infrastructure Proposal

Herr Embraces President’s Infrastructure Proposal
October 13, 2010 —  Lois Herr, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District, is applauding the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will ask the lame-duck Congress next month to approve a $50 billion infrastructure program.
“This Initiative is overdue, as we work to create good jobs at good wages, while making much-nneded investments in our highway, rail and air networks,” said Herr.  “As just one example, the nation’s freight railroads have projected a doubling of traffic within the next twenty years,” she noted.
“I’m especially pleased that the President’s proposal will not add to the nation’s budget deficit over time,” said Herr.  In announcing the proposal, President Obama said that he will ask Congress to end some tax breaks for the oil industry — a step the industry can be expected to oppose.  “The oil industry needs to take a longer view,” said Herr.  “Improved roads, upgraded rail lines and a modernized air traffic control system will in time benefit energy producers, as they will benefit all of us.”
Herr, who has repeatedly called for additional steps to create jobs for American workers, noted that 61 percent of the jobs created by the President’s proposal would be in the construction sector.  “This is critical, since unemployment in the construction sector is currently nearly double the national jobless rate,” she said.

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