• July 24th, 2021
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Senators Reject Trump’s Proposal to Eliminate TIGER Funding


U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 38 of their Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Chairman Susan Collins and Ranking Member Jack Reed, urging them to include robust funding for the National Infrastructure Investments program, also known as TIGER, in Fiscal Year 2018. They noted the difference TIGER has made in their states, and its success providing flexibility for state and local agencies to work with partners to tackle complex transportation and economic development challenges in their communities. Since 2009, the TIGER program has helped facilitate 421 multimodal projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

“I support the TIGER program because it’s been utilized to improve important infrastructure investments like the Washoe County Bus Rapid Transit, recreation improvements by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and Green Fleet procurement for the RTC of Southern Nevada,” said Cortez Masto. “These kinds of projects wouldn’t be possible in a world where the Administration’s budget stymies our federal support for transportation.”

I support the TIGER program because it’s been utilized to improve important infrastructure investments like the Washoe County Bus Rapid Transit, recreation improvements by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and Green Fleet procurement for the RTC of Southern Nevada.
– Sen. Cortez Masto

“TIGER is a unique, cost-effective, and competitive program that uses outcome oriented selection criteria and leverages private, state, and local investment to solve complex multimodal transportation and economic development challenges…We have all seen firsthand the difference TIGER can make in our states,” the members wrote in the letter.

In addition to Senators Cortez Masto, Murray, Durbin, and Schatz, the letter was also signed by Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Edward Markey (D-MA), Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Gary Peters (D-MI), James Risch (R-ID), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).