You might know that as a Senator, I rode the train back and forth between Washington and Wilmington nearly every day for 36 years.
I made thousands of trips, seeing this tunnel behind me thousands of times.
It needs an upgrade. And under my Administration, it's getting one.
Like infrastructure projects cropping up across America, the Frederick Douglass Tunnel project will lead to construction jobs.
More than 20,000 of them to be exact.
These are good jobs you can raise a family on and most don’t require a college degree.
The Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel is nearly 150 years old – that's Civil War era.
Not only will funding from our infrastructure law fully replace it, we're naming the new one after Frederick Douglass who boarded a train to freedom right here in Baltimore.
We’re fixing our nation’s infrastructure with American workers and products Made in America.
It’s about better roads, bridges, and rail.
It’s about good jobs.
And, folks, it’s about damn time we’re doing it.
For decades, people have talked about fixing bridges, roads, and rail across America. Our infrastructure investment is actually doing it.
That's why today I'm in Maryland kicking off the replacement of a 150-year-old rail tunnel.
I like to say that starting a small business is an act of hope.
Well, over the last two years, more than 10 million people have applied to start one.
That's a lot of hope in the future of this country.
Americans have paid into their Social Security and Medicare every single paycheck since they were 16 years old.
I'm strengthening those programs. And if a piece of legislation lands on my desk that wants to gut them, I'll veto it.
My heart goes out to Tyre Nichols’ family and to Americans in Memphis and across the country who are grieving this tremendously painful loss. There are no words to describe the heartbreak and grief of losing a beloved child and young father.
Here's my full statement.
When it came time to fill my Chief of Staff’s shoes, I needed someone ready to continue Ron’s example of strong leadership.
I’ve watched Jeff Zients tackle our toughest challenges, from economic recovery to COVID response. I look forward to welcoming him back to the White House.
From the moment I met Ron, I knew he was a once-in-a-generation talent with fierce intellect and heart.
Thank you, Ron and the entire Klain family, for your commitment all these years.
Our progress will be the legacy of this White House team, working under Ron’s leadership.