In a letter sent to every member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Transportation Trades Department (TTD), of which TCU is a member, TTD President Ed Wytkind requests that they vote no on the resolution proposed by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan establishing the budget for Fiscal Year 2013 (H. Con. Res.112).
In the letter Wytkind states;
“I urge you to oppose this resolution as it would deal a devastating blow to our transportation system and its workers.”
“This Republican budget plan doubles down on last year’s failed effort. Rather than being a “Path to Prosperity” as advertised, it is a road to ruin for our nation’s transportation system. It is a recipe for massive job loss, reflects a total disregard for the needs of Americans who continue to suffer under high unemployment, and destroys any hope that the nation will finally address the well-documented deterioration of our transportation system and infrastructure.”
“In addition to the devastating effects of the Republican Budget Resolution on the economy, jobs, and vital services needed by the middle-class, the working poor, and our seniors, the reckless cuts proposed to transportation must be rejected. These transportation cuts are especially irresponsible given the demonstrated ability of transportation investments to promote economic growth, increase productivity for our businesses and workers, enhance America’s competitiveness in the global economy, and create and sustain millions of good jobs.”
“The proposal to conform Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits to Social Security benefits would go back on a decade-old bipartisan, balanced deal supported by rail labor and management. While this provision is backed by questionable assertions regarding savings, what is clear is that this ill-conceived change would harm railroad workers and retirees. That is why rail carriers and unions oppose this measure.”
“Our transportation system and its employees serve as the backbone of our nation’s economy and are critical to its continued recovery. On behalf of transportation labor, I urge you to oppose severe cuts to investments in our transportation system by voting against the Republican Budget Resolution.”
Click here to read the full letter sent to every U.S. House member.