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Highway Users Alliance Applauds Confirmation of USDOT Secretary Foxx

For Immediate Release

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Daisy Singh, 202-87-1200, daisysingh@highways.org

(Washington, DC) – Today the American Highway Users Alliance (The Highway Users) congratulates Anthony Foxx on his confirmation as the new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary. The Highway Users applauds the U.S. Senate for its bipartisan review and overwhelming support for the former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Highway Users President and CEO Greg Cohen remarked, “The President has nominated a smart, energetic leader to head the Department of Transportation.  Foxx’s performance was impressive throughout his confirmation hearing and we have no doubt that the new Secretary will be successful in shifting gears to become the Obama Administration’s chief transportation policymaker.

As the mayor of the nation’s 17th largest city, Foxx has worked to complete a major highway widening and improve a major bridge in Charlotte, which reduced congestion, improved the flow of commerce, and increased public safety.  As Secretary of Transportation, he will face the daunting challenge of keeping 4,000,000 miles of public roads safe, and keeping commerce and people moving on the most important 220,000 miles of National Highway System routes.

Cohen continued, “America’s economic success and our quality-of-life depend in large part on the performance of this highway network.  The American Highway Users Alliance looks forward to working with Secretary Foxx and his team to focus on these big picture issues, for the benefit of the motoring public.

“As Mayor of Charlotte, Secretary Foxx served as the city’s chief executive, undoubtedly experiencing the frustration of trying to get projects and programs underway despite fiscal constraints and painful bureaucracy,” Cohen said.  “We have found that some of the greatest advocates for road and bridge funding and streamlined reviews are mayors and governors, who have directly experienced their constituents’ pressure to deliver good projects quickly and within budget.

Cohen concluded, “Although we are facing difficult financial times, we are confident that Secretary Foxx will make funding for highway infrastructure a top national priority. We look forward to working with him to keep America’s highways safe and efficient. We also thank Secretary LaHood for his service to our country and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

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The American Highway Users Alliance represents motorists, bus companies, truckers, RV enthusiasts, motorcyclists and a broad cross-section of businesses that depend on safe and efficient highways to transport their families, customers, employees, and products. Highway Users members pay taxes that finance transportation spending programs and advocate public policies that dedicate those taxes to improved highway safety and mobility.

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