Like going home. That's what I've been thinking about my
visit to Congress today. I did, after all, serve my hometown Illinois district
in the House of Representatives for 14 years. But, the truth is that Congress
is not home; Peoria
is. And communities like
When I appear before the Transportation, Housing and Urban
Development Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee this afternoon,
I do so on behalf of the Obama Administration, yes, but more importantly on
behalf of communities like Peoria
Fostering livable communities is a key aspect of President Obama’s urban policy agenda and Vice President Biden’s Middle Class initiative. The way we design our communities has a huge impact on our citizens’ social, physical, and economic wellbeing. Yet many Americans live in neighborhoods without sidewalks or access to public transportation.
Therefore, one of my highest priorities is to work closely with Congress, other Federal departments, the nation’s governors, and local officials to help promote more livable communities through sustainable surface transportation programs. By focusing on livability, we can help transform the way transportation serves the American people—and create safer, healthier communities that provide access to economic opportunities.
Today, I'll be sharing my appearance with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. Together, we will announce a joint effort to revitalize our downtowns, foster walkable neighborhoods, and bring people, employers, and housing closer together through public transportation.
I can't offer the specifics until the hearing this
afternoon, but I can say this: you will see federal agencies working together
and sharing resources on behalf of America