Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the progress on the Gateway Tunnel in New York. Gateway is one of the major initiatives supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Finally, yesterday was a very special day for the people of New York. After a lot of hard work, we finally welcomed President Biden to celebrate progress on Gateway, the most important infrastructure project in America. Anyone who knows me knows Gateway has been one of my greatest passions for more than a decade. Call it a labor of love, and it is, because I love New York and without our tunnels, the region’s economy would come to a screeching halt. And not just New York’s, not just New Jersey’s—but the whole Northeast and eventually the whole country’s.
So, after many false starts and a lot of opposition, Gateway is finally full speed ahead, thanks to both the Bipartisan Infrastructure law and the great help and enthusiasm from President Biden.
We had a good time yesterday, the President, me, and the other senators because we knew we were getting something so important done. And that's why we're here. The implementation of the bills we passed last year is really vital to this country and to keeping our prosperity going and increasing.
So, there were a lot of smiles at yesterday’s celebration. Many of us waited for years for this moment. And after a lot of persistence, we can finally say Gateway is going to be built.
Gateway is just one of the major infrastructure initiatives supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure law. Just like the Chips and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, it is beginning to pay real dividends in the form of new jobs, new investments, and prosperity and we're going to see much more of it this year and in the years to come.
That’s precisely what Democrats promised to do and that is what we are delivering on, and I thank the President for helping us and celebrating with us yesterday in New York.