Rockefeller Applauds Obama Administration High-Speed Rail and Infrastructure Investment Plan

February 8, 2011

Rockefeller PortraitWASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV released the following statement today after Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a six year plan to build out America’s high-speed rail network and lay the groundwork for long-term infrastructure investment: 

“For the nation to be economically competitive, we must find ways to invest more in our transportation infrastructure, including highways, railroads, and airports. The Obama Administration’s announcement today about investing more in passenger rail will bring jobs and economic growth to many communities throughout the nation, including West Virginia,” said Chairman Rockefeller. “I believe—and I know—that a better passenger rail system offers a real solution to the energy, environmental, and transportation congestion problems we face. Focusing on building high-speed rail is just one step toward securing America’s long-term job growth. I look forward to working with Vice President Biden and Secretary LaHood to help find the best ways to invest on our nation’s infrastructure without jeopardizing any of our current and ongoing investments.”