Times columnist Herbert notes Ellison role on infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Minnesota’s 5th District Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison gets a shout-out from New York Times columnist Bob Herbert.

In an article headlined “Our Crumbling Foundation,” Herbert draws attention to a bill introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., that would establish a national infrastructure development bank.

Herbert mentions Ellison as a co-sponsor of the bill, describing him as “a Minnesota Democrat who noted that his hometown, Minneapolis, is where the I-35W bridge collapsed in 2007, hurling cars, trucks and vans into the Mississippi River and killing 13 people.”

The bill, Herbert writes, is “not just about roads and bridges, although they are important. It’s also about schools, and the electrical grid, and environmental and technological innovation. It’s about establishing a world-class industrial and economic platform for a nation that is speeding toward second-class status on a range of important fronts.

“It’s about whether we’re serious about remaining a great nation.”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Larry Weiss on 05/28/2009 - 04:41 pm.

    In fact, Keith was the first House member to submit the infrastructure bank bill. He did so in the last Congress. It did not move then, but he is the House original author.

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