The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
House Committee Votes to Cut Dedicated Funding for Federal Transit Programs
February 4, 2012 - Posted by Lexer Quamie
Over the opposition of state transportation departments, the National Urban League, Transportation for America, the American Public Transportation Association, and a diverse coalition of other organizations, the House Ways and Means Committee today passed a bill that would strip dedicated funding for public transportation. The move cast aside a 30-year history of providing dedicated funding for federal transit programs.
The Leadership Conference and transit supporters say gutting a reliable source of funds for mass transit would hurt millions of people who depend on public transportation to reach employment, health care, and educational centers. People of color, low-income people, and people with disabilities – the communities most dependent on transit – are disproportionately affected by the decisions of both rural and urban transit agencies.
If the bill is approved by the full House, it would need to be reconciled with a vastly different Senate bill. Congress is seeking to pass a new surface transportation bill by the end of March.