On Thursday, I had the pleasure of campaigning at the Shady Grove Metro station, one of the main commuting hubs for Marylanders living in the Sixth District and one of the busiest stations in the system. There’s no substitute for grassroots face-to-face conversations with voters and it was a great morning speaking with commuters and talking about the key issues in this campaign.
As I knock on doors, talk to voters at parades and community events and take part in our nightly phonebanks it is clear to me that the people of this district want a healthy and growing economy, opportunities for their children, retirement security, a strong national defense and veterans to be supported. If you’d like to join our volunteer team, click here.
Talking to voters at Shady Grove, it was also clear that Marylanders are still deeply concerned about the safety and reliability of the Metro and that there are significant infrastructure needs in the region that are impacting people’s commutes and quality of life every single day. In Congress, I’ve opposed Tea Party efforts to drastically reduce federal funding for Metro and I’ve led the effort to increase our investment in infrastructure nationwide with an innovative new solution – using revenues from international tax reform to rebuild America – that has generated significant bipartisan support.
I’ve fought for Metro in the federal budget, but I’ve also demanded better service and accountability. That’s why I authored legislation to reform Metro’s leadership, requiring that certified experts in safety, transportation, finance or management be appointed to the Board of Directors. Marylanders deserve better from Metro and reforms are needed.
Since first running for office in 2012 we’ve made talking to voters at Shady Grove a regular part of our schedule. I really appreciate how people take time out of their morning to share their views and offer their insights into the needs and opportunities facing our community.