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WASHINGTON , D.C — The following statement is from Ted Ellis, President of the National League of Cities, and mayor of Bluffton, IN, who was in Washington, D.C., to attend today’s transportation bill signing by President Obama:
“We are pleased that a new transportation bill will finally become law after several years in the making. This long-overdue transportation program will gives cities across the country the certainty to move forward and implement long-term transportation projects that our nation desperately needs.
“This bill is an excellent example of what can happen when individuals set aside differences and move past political point making to work on a bipartisan basis to get things done. It is often said that potholes do not have a party affiliation. The same can be said for many other issues as well. Our national economy needs, and our residents have a right to expect, Congress and the Administration to work together and give cities the tools, like the transportation bill, to drive economic growth.”
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.