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Sam Skinner returns to the White House for bi-partisan pitch on infrastructure

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WASHINGTON--Chicago's Sam Skinner--former Transportation Secretary and Chief of Staff for President George H.W. Bush--returns to the White House on Monday as part of a bi-partisan group of honchos joining President Obama to pitch infrastructure investment.


Below, from the White House...

"Joining the President at the meeting will be Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, former Secretaries of Transportation Norman Mineta and Samuel Skinner, Governors Ed Rendell and Jack Markell, and Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa, Mick Cornett, Julian Castro, Michael Coleman, Michael Nutter, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Kasim Reed and Joe Riley. The group will discuss the current state of our transportation infrastructure in cities and states across the country, the challenges they face to improving their infrastructure, and the short- and long-term economic impact of new infrastructure investment."

Building off his Labor Day announcement of a bold new plan for modernizing and rebuilding America's roads, railways, and runways (fact sheet here), President Obama will hold a meeting on the economic impact of infrastructure investment on our states and local communities at the White House on Monday. The meeting will take place in the State Dining Room beginning at 9:30 am ET on Monday and is closed press. President Obama will deliver a statement after the meeting in the Grand Foyer at 10:50 am ET; the statement is open press.

Joining the President at the meeting will be Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, former Secretaries of Transportation Norman Mineta and Samuel Skinner, Governors Ed Rendell and Jack Markell, and Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa, Mick Cornett, Julian Castro, Michael Coleman, Michael Nutter, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Kasim Reed and Joe Riley. The group will discuss the current state of our transportation infrastructure in cities and states across the country, the challenges they face to improving their infrastructure, and the short- and long-term economic impact of new infrastructure investment.

The group will also discuss a new report on infrastructure investment from the Department of the Treasury with the Council of Economic Advisers. The report discusses the positive economic impact infrastructure investment achieves by raising our nation's economic output, enhancing America's global economic competitiveness and creating good jobs for the middle class. Specifically, the report finds that 80 percent of the jobs directly created by investing in transportation infrastructure would be in the construction, manufacturing and retail trade sectors. The report also finds that infrastructure investments have high bang for the buck because construction costs are low due to underutilized resources, and these investments would create jobs in sectors of the economy suffering from some of the highest levels of unemployment.

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