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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Joins Secretary Buttigieg And Members Of The Illinois Delegation At Chicago CTA Station To Promote Infrastructure Improvements

July 16, 2021
Press Release
Secretary Buttigieg Welcomed Congressman Krishnamoorthi As A “Fellow Member Of The Complicated Surname Club”

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi joined Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, Mayor Lightfoot, Senator Durbin, Senator Duckworth, Rep. Rush, Rep. Kelly, Rep. Foster, Rep. Garcia, Rep. Newman, the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL), and CTA President Dorval Carter at CTA Red Line – 95th/Dan Ryan Station to celebrate and highlight the transformational ADA accommodations completed at the station to strengthen accessibility for all travelers. As a supporter of the INVEST in America Act, co-lead of the Fixing America’s Bridges Act, and an active advocate for the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access Project, Congressman Krishnamoorthi expressed the need to prioritize increased infrastructure funding nationwide.

In his remarks at the event, Congressman Krishnamoorthi highlighted the need for increased federal workforce development funding to fill in-demand jobs in the transportation sector. Congressman Krishnamoorthi is spearheading a congressional coalition advocating to secure $100 billion in new spending for workforce development in the upcoming reconciliation package, which is also a key component of President Biden’s “American Jobs Plan.” Especially as the economy recovers from the pandemic, workforce training and employment services are necessary to fill the good-paying jobs that are created from transportation projects.   

“I was proud to join Secretary Buttigieg on his visit to Chicago to discuss the importance of investing in American infrastructure to increase accessibility, explode local economies, and create good-paying jobs in our community,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “Our federal investments in infrastructure are shockingly behind other countries – especially China -- as a percent of GDP. We must be bolder, we must think bigger, and we must act faster if we are to build the necessary physical human infrastructure to thrive in the 21st century. I look forward to pushing for critical infrastructure reforms in Congress in the coming weeks and delivering for my constituents and constituent-businesses.”