WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement in response to proposed budget cuts to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA):
“The proposed budget cuts to WMATA would irreparably harm communities throughout Maryland and the National Capital Region. Eliminating positions, drastically cutting service, and closing Metro stations would cause distress and financial uncertainty for many families already struggling during this pandemic.
“The House passed two major pieces of legislation that would provide WMATA with desperately needed funding to avoid these drastic measures, yet the Senate has refused to act. Funding provided through the Heroes Act and the updated Heroes Act would have prevented some of the most severe budget cuts facing WMATA. I continue to urge my Republican colleagues in the Senate to come to the table and work with Democrats to provide COVID-19 relief to our communities.”