The bill is more generous than one that the region’s four U.S. senators are about to file. The planned Senate measure would raise federal dedicated funding to $200 million a year, on condition that the agency adopt certain oversight and safety measures. It would double the federal grant to Metro from $150 million a year to $300 million, on condition that the agency strengthen its Office of the Inspector General and meet performance targets such as for safety and cost efficiency.
Thanks to the longtime efforts of the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations (MVCCA) led especially by former and current transportation chairs, Frank Cohn and Pete Sitnik, and your local elected officials, following Congressman Don Beyer’s lead, have all worked hard to push federal officials to focus on making this federal road safer for the community.
“I was really disappointed. I suggested a couple of weeks ago that he should think about resigning but after yesterday when it was so clear that he was the president’s advocate and lawyer rather than the attorney general for the people of the United States,” Beyer said on Thursday.
I endorsed Barack Obama early, having been moved by his intelligence and his political capability. I am similarly inspired by Mayor Pete. With him, I feel the promise of a new generation, and I see a way out of the darkness. I am proud to endorse Pete Buttigieg for president.