A bipartisan bill (H.R. 1195 – SAFETEA-LU) to help promote 40,000 good-paying American jobs in transportation and construction was sent to the president for his consideration. Included in this bill was a request from Rep. Clarke for $640,000 to be used for the reconstruction of Historic Eastern Parkway. Today, the president signed this bill into law. The new law will make changes to remedy problems that kept critical local transportation projects on hold.
“I am committed to bring as many federal resources to central Brooklyn as possible,” stated Rep. Clarke. “Investing in highway and transit infrastructure is one of the best ways to jumpstart our economy and creates American jobs, and this legislation is a critical step in that effort.”
This new law comes at a time when American families are struggling with the rising prices of gas, groceries, college tuition, and health care. In January, Congress worked quickly to jumpstart the American economy, approving $107 billion in Recovery Rebates that have already have been delivered to 57 million households across America and will go to 75 million more in the coming weeks. We have also enacted legislation that guarantees the largest college aid expansion in almost 60 years, provides low-income families with uninterrupted access to student loans during this credit crunch and that will ease the strain of rising food prices for millions of Americans.