Tuesday, June 9, 1998


This Act will strengthen America. It helps communities modernize and build the roads, bridges, and railways that link people of our great and vast nation together and permit the free flow of goods and services.

President Bill Clinton
June 9, 1998

Today, President Clinton is joined at the White House by Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress to sign the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. This law authorizes investments in our infrastructure over the next six years, including funding to rebuild roads, bridges, and highways.

A Need To Invest For The Future. When President Clinton took office, the broad network of roads and highways which have connected millions of Americans was crumbling. The President has long said that if America is to move forward into the 21st Century, the transportation system which has served our country must be ready for the future as well.

Landmark Investment In Our Nation's Infrastructure. With today's bill signing, the transportation needs of America are being met. This bill strengthens our infrastructure by helping communities rebuild, renovate, and modernize the highways, roads, bridges, and transit systems that link our country together and keeps our economy strong and vibrant.

A Law Which Reflects The President's Priorities. President Clinton insisted that this bill reflect the priorities of this Administration:

Strengthening Our Infrastructure For The Future. Today, the President affirms his commitment to providing the resources necessary to rebuild and modernize our invaluable transportation system. The investments made today will pay dividends for years to come, as the roads, highways, bridges, and transit systems which are built or refurbished continue allowing all Americans to travel around and enjoy our great nation.

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