Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

APAMO Leaders Talk Transportation, Local Priorities on Capitol Hill

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

APAMO Leaders Talk Transportation, Local Priorities on Capitol Hill

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Last Tuesday, as the House and Senate Conference Committee began work crafting a transportation reauthorization bill, leaders of NLC's Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) group took to Capitol Hill to echo NLC's call for Congress to stop the quick fixes and finally pass a comprehensive, long-term program that rebuilds America's roads and bridges, modernizes transit systems, and creates or saves good-paying jobs.

The day of advocacy was especially timely, with many on Capitol Hill following the action surrounding transportation authorization and talking of impending increases in student loan interest rates that will place education and job training opportunities farther out of reach for many Americans. Also on Tuesday, the President released his "to-do list" for Congress, actions intended to create jobs and grow the nation's economy.

Armed with their own legislative checklist, three APAMO representatives, each a California city leader--Evan Low, Campbell vice mayor and the group's president; Gilbert Wong, Cupertino council member and APAMO immediate past president; and Madison Nguyen, San Jose vice mayor and APAMO board member--met with several members of Congress from the Golden State and called on them to support federal investments in cities and towns that will help ensure communities and the country move forward.

In meetings with Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Pete Stark (D-Calif.), and staff for Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif. …

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