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Malinowski encouraged after infrastructure talks with Trump

First-term congressman sees hope for Gateway funding

By Nikita Biryukov, April 30 2019 4:34 pm

Rep. Tom Malinowski was in good spirits following a meeting with President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders on infrastructure.

“I am encouraged by the meeting today with Congressional leadership and President Trump, which resulted in a promise to pursue a $2 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure,” Malinowski said. “Fixing America’s roads, bridges and tunnels, and building a new generation of green infrastructure, is vital to the economic future of our country. A comprehensive infrastructure package needs to be big and bold, and it must enable construction of the Gateway Project.”

Malinowski, who sits on the House Transportation committee along with New Jersey Reps. Donald Payne Jr. and Albio Sires, spent a good deal of time campaigning for funding for the Gateway Tunnel, which he and New Jersey politicians on both sides of aisle say is critical for the nation’s economy and security.

The project, which would double the amount of trains able to cross the Hudson River, has been in a state of suspended animation for years as federal and state lawmakers jockey over the roughly $20 billion needed to fund the tunnel’s construction.

Earlier this year, Malinowski urged the House committee to make it more difficult for the U.S. Department of Transportation to defer funding for the project, as it has done in the past.

“There is no debate about the need for Gateway — the economy of New Jersey and the northeastern United States depends on maintaining and improving the region’s most indispensable transportation link,” Malinowski said “This project has been a political pawn for too long, and I hope that a national infrastructure bill will allow it finally to move forward.”

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