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Murphy-led Blue Dog Coalition Pushes for Infrastructure Measures That Could Benefit Central Florida

Consensus building group calls on House leadership to prioritize infrastructure legislation as it develops larger package

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Washington, January 28, 2019 | comments
WASHINGTON— U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and co-chair for Administration for the House Blue Dog Coalition, led the pragmatic Blue Dogs in a call for House leadership to prioritize consideration of transportation and infrastructure legislation, which would greatly benefit central Florida. The Blue Dogs urged leadership and relevant policy committees to move quickly on a series of smaller infrastructure bills while they await the development of a larger infrastructure package. The bills could include central Florida transportation infrastructure priorities supported by Murphy, such as needed investments to the greater Orlando-area SunRail system, Orlando International Airport (MCO), and the Interstate-4 (I-4) improvement project. The Orlando metropolitan area is home to numerous high-profile destinations, venues and institutions, and therefore requires a world-class transportation infrastructure network to support the safe and efficient movement of residents and visitors. Rep. Murphy and the rest of the central Florida delegation have previously advocated for the Trump Administration to support these regional transportation priorities as part of their infrastructure proposal.

“Now that President Trump has reopened the government, we ask that your teams immediately move forward on a series of infrastructure bills,” said Rep. Murphy and the Blue Dogs in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. “Our efforts can help create valuable, well-paying jobs throughout our country, while improving the quality of life for millions of Americans.”

The Blue Dog Coalition, which Murphy was elected to lead in December 2018, is a group of 26 pragmatic Democrats that is focused on fiscal responsibility and a strong national defense. The group was recently successful in calling on congressional leadership to negotiate an end to the government shutdown. Congressional leaders and the President agreed to a framework proposed by House Blue Dogs last week to reopen the government and bring together a bicameral, bipartisan group of members of Congress to negotiate a border security package. 

“Let’s show the American people that we are the party that solves problems. We stand ready to work with you on advancing these needed reinvestments in America’s infrastructure,” added Murphy. 
 
During her first term in Congress, Murphy was named the most effective member of the freshman class and one of the most independent members of Congress. Her bipartisan approach to legislating achieved positive results: nineteen Murphy-led measures became law and eight additional measures passed the House. To learn more about Murphy’s accomplishments, click here
 
The full text of the letter can be found below:
 
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer:

We write today to express our desire to work with your offices and the relevant committees to move quickly on a series of infrastructure bills that reflect the pledges we made to our constituents. We have a unique opportunity to take the momentum from the 2018 election and turn that into legislative action for the American people.

Many Democrats made infrastructure investment a top priority on the campaign trail, which led to us successfully taking back control of the House of Representatives. This issue broadly unites the Democratic Caucus along with many of our partners from labor organizations to industry associations. Our efforts can help create valuable, well-paying jobs throughout our country, while improving the quality of life for millions of Americans. These efforts would also expand and improve the roads we take to school and work, increase access to employment, and protect the environment.

Now that President Trump has reopened the government, we ask that your teams immediately move forward on a series of infrastructure bills. Let’s show the American people that we heard their message last year. Our plan of attack must focus on immediate and bipartisan ideas, such as modernizing our nation’s electrical grids, investing in cost-saving energy-efficiency programs, reforming for our ports and water infrastructure, making transit improvements, and addressing a host of other problems that have festered due to inaction.

The committees of jurisdiction have only just begun their work on crafting a larger package that addresses long-term funding issues and provides certainty for our communities. But while we await action on this product, there are a host of things that we can work on now that complements the work of the Transportation and Infrastructure and Ways and Means Committees. After working to get back to the majority for eight years, let’s show the American people that we are the party that solves problems.

Thank you for your attention on this matter. We stand ready to work with you on advancing these needed reinvestments in America’s infrastructure.

Sincerely,
 
 
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