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June 22, 2009

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Cabinet Officials Testify on Policy Principles

At a June 16 hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee chaired by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson presented a set of six policy principles to guide policy at each agency to expand transportation options while lowering transportation costs, increase the availability of affordable housing, and better protect the environment.

The principles, comprising the “Partnership for Sustainable Communities,” are: provide more transportation choices; promote equitable, affordable housing; enhance economic competitiveness; support existing communities; coordinate policies and leverage investment; and value communities and neighborhoods.

“Fostering the concept of livability in transportation projects and programs will help America’s neighborhoods become safer, healthier and more vibrant,” LaHood told the committee.

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