Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Obama, Biden visit DOT as 'shovels hit the ground'

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited the DOT as infrastructure work begins as part of the new economic stimulus package.

"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will enable our nation to rebuild, retool and revitalize the vast network of roads, tunnels, bridges, rail systems, airports and waterways that we have long depended on to keep the economy moving and growing," transportation secretary Ray LaHood said.

"Our transportation infrastructure is critically important to our nation's economic health. We need to protect, preserve and invest in it to make sure it can meet the demands we all place on it now and in the future."

The stimulus bill is designed primarily to create new jobs in the face of a massive downturn in the employment picture. Infrastructure projects have been a proven job creator in the past, and Obama had promised to renew American's aging roads, bridges and other public works even before the financial crisis struck last year.

Obama, Biden Visit DOT

Washington Post - ‎4 hours ago‎
Welcome, President Obama, Vice President Biden. Thank you for coming to the Department of Transportation to mark this historic occasion.

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