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LeMunyon, other lawmakers denounce feds’ decision to withhold transit funds

Virginia lawmakers are calling on the U.S. secretary of transportation to reverse the Federal Transit Administration's decision to withhold millions of dollars in funding.

Del. James LeMunyon (R) and Sen. George Barker (D) sent a letter signed by dozens of lawmakers to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao after federal officials announced they would withhold funding from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia until they create a new Metro safety commission and the FTA certifies it. The letter was signed by dozens of other lawmakers.

In the letter, they say a February 2016 deadline was unreasonable and they want Chao to suspend the FTA's decision.

All three jurisdictions must pass identical legislation for the commission to be formed. Virginia lawmakers have passed versions of the bill, but additional votes are needed.

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Please do not listen to LeMunyon and friends and withhold funds!

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