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LaHood in Norristown: "No Such Thing as a Democratic or Republican Job'

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Norristown yesterday and called on Congress to pass President Obama's American Jobs Act.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Norristown yesterday to tour the Bridgeport-Norristown Viaduct. The century-old rail bridge used by SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line is one of hundreds of pieces of transportation infrastructure in need of serious upgrades and repairs in Pennsylvania.

According to SEPTA, the bridge was constructed in 1911 and shows signs of deterioration. Inspections in the past two years have revealed severely corroded trusses, cracks in concrete piers and failing timber ties.

According to TheTrucker.com, LaHood took the opportunity to call on Congress to pass at least the transportation portion of President Obama's American Jobs Act.

“There’s no such thing as a Democratic or Republican bridge," LaHood told the crowd, according to The Trucker. "And there’s no such thing as a Democratic or Republican job when it comes to rebuilding our aging infrastructure. Congress needs to pass the transportation portion of the American Jobs Act as soon as possible so we can continue to modernize our transportation systems and keep our economy moving forward.”

According to the Department of Transportation, the transportation piece of the American Jobs Act would make an immediate investment of $50 billion in transportation infrastructure and put people back to work upgrading 150,000 miles of road, laying or maintaining 4,000 miles of train tracks, restoring 150 miles of runways, and building an next-generation air-traffic control system that will reduce travel time and delays for everyone.

Read more about LaHood's visit to Norristown and the American Jobs Act at The Trucker or on The Times Herald's website.

Steven Long November 04, 2011 at 07:41 PM
... this, from a guy who, instead of firing Air Traffic Controllers for sleeping on the job, insists it makes sense to hire two additional ATC's to be on the same shift, so that SOMEONE is awake at all time! I wonder if LaHood knows the difference between a UNION and non-union contract?
Ruthiness November 07, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Oh yes there are Democratic jobs - they are in "green jobs" and in the government both of which are big sink holes for TAXPAYER money! Isn't Ray LaHood the one who came up with the ridiculous "cash for clunkers" plan? Now they are doing that with homes essentially - government is PAYING banks to flatten abandoned properties. That will cause another housing bubble from the ARTIFICIAL SHORTAGE of HOUSING that they are creating! Then it will be REALLY hard for disadvantaged people to be able to afford homes. But I guess that disadvantaged class will be mostly white men by the time Obama is done with us and through class warfare they have demonized white men so then nobody will care that they can't get jobs or afford a home... That's where we are heading folks...

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