Hoyer Remarks at the New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) joined Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) at the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge to discuss the importance of this infrastructure project for residents of the District and Prince George’s County. The speakers discussed how the American Jobs Plan will invest in infrastructure projects like this, which will help create millions of good-paying jobs and boost our nation’s economic competitiveness.  Below are excerpts from his remarks. Watch the entire event here.


“[In] 2004, I started working on this bridge. [Congresswoman] Eleanor [Holmes Norton] and I, and year after year.”

“This is a job creator, it’s a people server. It’s a connector bringing us together, as a region, as two states, to help one another grow and succeed. And yes, it is a project that we made sure we have men and women working on this bridge who are getting good salaries, good benefits, and good security.”

“The President’s vision for America is Building Back Better. And when we build back better, our country will be better, our people will be better; we will be competitive with the rest of the world, and when we can compete with the rest of the world, we win. That’s what America is about.”

“So, I am pleased to be here today to celebrate not only this bridge, but what [Congresswoman] Eleanor Holmes Norton and others have done.”

“So I’ll leave it to the Secretary to tell you about why we are so passionate about the [American] Jobs Plan and investing in infrastructure, which is not just bricks and mortar. It’s people, it’s jobs, it’s security, it’s growth, it’s economic well-being. That’s what it’s about.”  

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