As you read this, Congress is working on the new transportation bill, released just two days ago. It's a good start, but as the bill stands today, it leaves out something crucial: Clear national priorities.
With Congress moving quickly on transportation, America 2050 is joining Transportation for America's national call-in day today to go the extra mile to make sure that Congress gets the message.
We have invited all America 2050 supporters to join the national call-in day by calling your representative's office on Wednesday, June 24. It will make a real difference, and it only takes about one minute. Read how after the jump.
1. Call the Congressional
Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your U.S. Representative's
2. Tell the staff member answering the phone where you're calling from, and that you'd like to urge the representative to co-sponsor the National Transportation Objectives Act of 2009 (H.R. 2724). Read more about the bill here. Read the actual text of the bill (it's not too long) here on Thomas.gov.
You can add that:
- You are a constituent and a supporter of America 2050 and the Transportation for America coalition.
- You want to make sure the billions spent on transportation help us cut down on emissions, give us real energy security, and provide you with more affordable options for getting from A to B.
3. After you hang up, please be sure to let Transportation for America know that you made the call. Don't skip this step! It helps them track how many members of Congress we've reached.
Without over-arching goals and targets - such as lower energy consumption, greater affordability, and expanded access - there's no way to be sure billions of dollars in transportation spending will truly deliver clean, safe and smart transportation. That's why your call today, as members of Congress are marking up the bill, is so important.
The transportation bill released this week has a lot of what America 2050 and Transportation for America supporters like you have been pushing for, but today, it still falls short.
We can do better by inserting the type of objectives that the Transportation Objectives Act of 2009 articulates into the bill released this week. We can't keep pouring our precious tax dollars into the same old flawed transportation system that leaves us stuck without options. Let's tell Congress to make transportation funding smart, clean, and accountable starting TODAY.
We need you to pick up the phone - make one simple call - and speak up for transportation reform.