Cincinnati - Mayor Mark Mallory is using his connections in Washington DC to have Congressman Steve Chabot's anti-streetcar language removed from the Federal Transportation Bill. Congressman Chabot inserted the language late in the evening by only a voice vote, without a roll call, in an almost empty House Chamber. After inserting the language, Representative Chabot still voted against the bill.
"This is nothing but a political stunt," Mayor Mark Mallory said. "The record is clear. Chabot opposes the Streetcar. But, the voters told us to move forward on this project. People are tired of the same old 'we can't' attitude. That is not how we operate in Cincinnati anymore. We work on big projects and we get them done."
Mayor Mallory is contacting legislative leaders in both the House and Senate and he is making calls to the White House to have the language removed. The anti-streetcar language is far from law.
"Steve Chabot seems determined to stop progress in Cincinnati," Mayor Mark Mallory said. "He seems determined to make sure that other parts of the Country thrive, while Cincinnati is left in the past. That is not the kind of leadership that we need in Washington DC."
"Representative Chabot says that we should be investing in the Brent Spence Bridge and a new interchange on I-71 at MLK. I couldn't agree more. So, where is Steve Chabot's leadership on getting that funding for our community? It isn't there," Mayor Mark Mallory said.