The President And Vice President On The Need For Congress To Pass Transportation Funding.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The President and Vice President Get Lunch — and Talk About Transportation Funding

 

Published on May 16, 2014

President Obama and Vice President Biden stop by Shake Shack for lunch, and talk briefly about the need for Congress to pass transportation funding, May 16, 2014.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President and Vice President on the Need for Congress to Pass Transportation Funding

Shake Shack
Washington, D.C.

12:12 P.M. EDT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Let me say something to these folks real quick so we can eat our burgers in peace.  And excuse me, my voice is a little hoarse — I had a cold at the beginning of the week.  In addition to coming to Shake Shack — which has great burgers and pays its employees over 10 bucks an hour, so we’re very proud of them and the great work that they’re doing —  we’ve been talking a lot all across the country about the importance of raising the minimum wage.  These four individuals just completed a project here in D.C. –- an infrastructure project that put a lot of folks to work, it is going to make the economy move better, traffic move better.  And as you know, earlier this week, both Joe and I highlighted the fact that we’re fast-tracking projects all across the country.

 

One of the things that we could do right now to put more Americans back to work is to fund our transportation more effectively and more consistently.  And if Congress does not act, then by the end of this summer, we could have hundreds of thousands of projects like this all across the country stop.  And people whose livelihoods depend on those projects sent home.  And businesses that need improved infrastructure suffering under downgraded infrastructure.

 

So it is a no-brainer for Congress to do what it’s supposed to do:  Pass transportation funding.  We can do it without adding to the deficit simply by getting rid of some corporate tax loopholes that aren’t creating jobs and are basically giveaways to folks who don’t need them.  And when people — when you ask Americans from all walks of life all across the country what’s their number one priority, it’s improving the economy and putting people back to work.  And one of the best ways we can do it is to do something about the roads, the bridges, the ports, the airports, the sewer lines all across the country that need repair.

 

We know we’re going to have to do it.  This is like deferred maintenance on your house.  If you’ve got to do some tuck-pointing to fix the roof or fix the boiler, there’s no point in putting it off.  Now is the time to do it, and we’ve got outstanding contractors and workers ready to work.  So I hope Congress gets working, and I’m prepared to work with anybody on a bipartisan basis to get it done.

 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, for 40 years it’s been a bipartisan notion.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Right.

 

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  For 40 years.  This is the first time  — I’ve been hanging around and it’s like, oh, infrastructure.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  This shouldn’t be Democrat or Republican.  This is American.  We’ve got to rebuild America.  And these are folks who are doing it.

 

So thank you very much, everybody.  Enjoy your burgers if you guys are buying them.

 

END
12:14 P.M. EDT

 

 

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11 Responses

  1. Bridges are literally falling down, ports are going without updates and unable to support larger ships, roads I won’t even start, then there is the idea we could be adding mass transit and high speed rail, both cost savings and good for the climate… it is pitiful how far behind we are. This obstruction, it is ridiculous.

    Seeing the President and the VP in a relaxed setting is nice, again showing their human side, something we never saw with past administration unless they wanted to prove a point.

    • Made me want a burger, and Barack is gettin horse…he sounded like a gravely voiced Louie Armstrong

      • He sounded tired. He said he had a cold earlier in the week. Perhaps his wife will tie him down and make him rest.

      • He sounded worse than I have ever heard him speak in 5 years, time for golf.

      • I suppose golf is restful. I think time for rest, real rest. Family time away from everything, even if just for a few days.

      • Here is my response to angrymanspeaks comment calling all cops bad and he badmouthed Barack for honoring the top cops….this is my response word for word…..

        Angrymanspeaks, I sent your comment to the trash because it was garbage. I consider you a Brother so I will do exactly what I’d do for a flesh & blood brother, set your ass straight. I’m a Black man and I have been profiled by cops, doctors, nurses, clergy, grocery store clerks, mechanics, you name it. BUTT I have enough common sense to comprehend not all/every cop, doctor, nurse, clergyman, grocery store clerk or mechanic is racist or bad just because I’ve met a few who were bad.
        You see, when you lump every single cop as a bad cop, you then become a racist, sure it’s not based on race but on profession, but it still makes you have the exact same mindset against cops that a racist has against anyone NOT caucasian.
        That I can never tolerate. This post about Barack honoring cops is real talk, he honored cops who saved lives, protected humans from death and harm, so that bullshit you posted to the comment section was dumbfuckery of the highest order.
        Hopefully you get some sense of self worth from this exchange and learn to separate bad from good and learn not all of anything is bad or good.
        If not, have a good life. Namaste.

      • I suspected it was you he was talking about. You can see my comment to him which was similar in nature, though more peaceful in tone as is my nature.

      • Fuck him up his ass with a 5×7 water main. How’s that for peaceful in tone

      • It is the difference between us and what I love about you, your militancy, we offset each other. I am by nature a peaceful and peace loving hippy.

  2. Infrastructure has gone begging for a long time. New York is desperate for pipes to be replaced. I’m sure other places are, too, but I hear about NY year round.

    • Infrastructure has gone un-updated everywhere in America since the 70’s, it’s time.

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