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SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION ISSUES STATEMENT ON SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION BILL

 SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION ISSUES STATEMENT
 ON SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION BILL
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Secretary of Transportation Samuel K. Skinner on the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill:
 Today, the House and Senate conferees have reached a compromise on the surface transportation bill.
 This agreement represents a constructive compromise, and I will recommend to the President that he sign the bill. It is a victory for the nation, its citizens and the President -- as 12 out of 16 elements of the Administration's original bill set forth last February have been included in the compromise legislation.
 The bill embodies the accomplishment of one of the President's top two domestic agenda items: renewal of our surface transportation programs to address changing needs. It will create jobs, reduce congestion and rebuild our infrastructure.
 The bill will give a tremendous boost nationally, to road construction and related industry jobs. This fiscal year, it will support 660,000 construction-related jobs and create a projected four million jobs over the life of the bill.
 Most important, it will create and adequately maintain a National Highway System, to pick up where the interstate program leaves off. The 155,000 mile NHS will carry 75 percent of the value of regional goods while representing only 4 percent of all our highway miles.
 It will help maintain mobility and reduce congestion. It will help state and local governments comply with the requirements of the Clean Air Act. Finally, it will ensure America's ability to compete in the global market place of the 21st century.
 Overall, the bill retains much of the vision and direction that were engendered by the President's National Transportation Policy, as it maintains and expands the nation's transportation system; fosters a sound financial base for transportation; keeps the industry strong and competitive; and promotes safety, protects the environment, and improves our quality of life.
 Although this piece of legislation was long overdue, Congressional leaders from both parties deserve credit for passing a win-win compromise.
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 /CONTACT: Marion C. Blakey of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-4570/ CO: U.S. Department of Transportation ST: District of Columbia IN: TRN SU: LEG EXE


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