IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2001

Mayors Support Infrastructure Investment To Boost U.S. Economy, Security
Morial Wants Congress to Pass Smart, Strategic Stimulus

Washington, DC -- The nation's mayors urged members of Congress to help boost the U.S. economy and increase our long-term national security by including significant new infrastructure investment in any stimulus package.

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"A smart, strategic investment in American infrastructure would create jobs and economic activity and increase national security," U.S. Conference of Mayors President and New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial wrote in a letter to all members of Congress today."

Morial said that mayors support a proposal by Sen. Harry Reid for rail, transit, and highway infrastructure investments, including -

  • High-speed rail infrastructure improvements;
  • Critical investments in upgrading the Amtrak system;
  • Demonstration projects for magnetic levitation systems; and
  • Efforts to address the massive backlog in local transit needs.

The September 11 terrorist attack highlighted America's reliance on air transportation and the need for a more multi-modal national transportation system to benefit consumers and businesses and enhance national security.

"America's cities have been the engine's driving the national economy, accounting for 85 percent of GDP, 84 percent of employment, and 88 percent of labor income," wrote Morial. "Therefore, it is critical that our national effort to stimulate economic growth be focused on investing in our metro economies and the people living in our cities."

Morial also reiterated the mayors' support for comprehensive assistance for displaced workers, including extended unemployment benefits, health care assistance, and expanded worker training.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,200 such cities in the country today.

Contact: Andy Solomon (202) 861-6766

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