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Investing in Connecticut
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Long-Term Highway funding
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America’s deteriorating transportation networks are a roadblock to commerce. Improvements to this sector are an essential investment in our country’s future and an effective way to create jobs and boost the economy. Residents of Connecticut don’t need to spend much time on I-95, Merritt Parkway, Metro North, or Amtrak to understand the severity of the challenges we face locally.
Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) released the following statement on passage of a long-term transportation bill:
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4), voted in favor of HR 22, the DRIVE Act. The bill creates long-term transportation infrastructure funding through the Highway Trust Fund, which provides a large percentage of the money for infrastructure projects across the nation and Connecticut including bridges, highways, and rail lines. The bill passed by a vote of 371-54.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4), released the following statement on the bipartisan budget deal reached yesterday and his views on Congress’s priorities going forward:
“Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that will set spending levels for more than a year, ensure America can meet its financial obligations until 2017, and prevent catastrophic increases in Medicare premiums. I voted for the bill, which passed the House with a majority of Republicans and every Democrat supporting it.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Jim Himes (CT-4), Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Julia Brownley (CA-26), and Bill Pascrell (NJ-9) introduced the Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Act of 2015, H.R. 1291. Their bill will help states and communities make safety upgrades at highway-rail grade crossings. Each year, nearly 270 people are killed at grade crossings, including the recent tragedies in Valhalla, NY, and Oxnard, CA.
WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) issued the following statement regarding the fatal Metro-North accident last night on the Harlem Line in Valhalla, NY.
Stamford, CT — Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today highlighted a new report that shows how the average driver in the Bridgeport-Stamford area loses almost $1,900 annually due to roads that are congested, deteriorated and unsafe. Himes said the report, released today by the national transportation group TRIP, underscores the need for long-term federal transportation investments to create jobs and improve the safety and efficiency of Connecticut's highway and transit networks.
Washington, DC — Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) issued the following statement on legislation Congress cleared this week to retroactively increase a tax benefit that helps thousands of employees in Connecticut save money on their commute to and from work. Himes has pushed to restore and increase the benefit, which was included in a larger package (H.R. 5771) that allows individuals and businesses to claim dozens of lapsed tax breaks for the current 2014 tax year. The bill now awaits President Obama’s signature.
Washington, DC — Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today voted for legislation (H.R. 5771) that would retroactively extend a federal, pre-tax commuter benefit that helps thousands of employees in Connecticut save money on their commute to and from work. The provision was included in a larger package that would allow individuals and businesses to claim dozens of lapsed tax breaks for the current 2014 tax year.
Bridgeport, CT — Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch at the Bridgeport train station this afternoon following the release of the National Transportation Safety Board reports detailing five accidents that occurred on Metro-North between May, 2013, and March, 2014. One of the reports focused on the train derailment and consequent collision that occurred nearby between the Bridgeport and Fairfield stations on May, 17, 2013, injuring at least 72 people and halting rail traffic for days.