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Statement on President Obama’s Visit to Union Depot
Washington, DC – Today, President Obama visited Union Depot in St. Paul, Minnesota and held that project up as a model for his vision for transportation in our country. Congresswoman Betty McCollum joined the President in St. Paul and released the following statement regarding his visit:
“The President’s visit here today represents a great victory for all of the tireless champions for transit here in the east metro. This is a great day for St. Paul and for all of us who worked so hard to transform the Union Depot. I am proud of my role in the Depot’s restoration and sharing our success with President Obama just months before trains begin to run here again was truly an honor.
“Working together, we succeeded in securing $243 million dollars from federal, state, and local funding sources. This project put thousands of Minnesotans back to work during its construction and helped those families put food on the table and pay their mortgages when times were tough. The Union Depot restoration has garnered the support of the business community, labor leaders, and environmental groups. And now that the project is complete, Union Depot will serve as the crown jewel of transportation in the state of Minnesota and provide a critical upgrade to our region’s infrastructure.
“We had a vision in Minnesota that an investment in transportation and infrastructure could build a broad coalition of support and would represent a smart investment in our community. To see that vision become a reality, and to share that success with President Obama today was such a joy for me. I am encouraged to hear that the President wants to continue this investment in transportation and infrastructure across the country. Anyone looking to see the benefit those investments can have on a community need look no further than Union Depot in St. Paul, Minnesota.”
Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee. She is Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.