Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sam Johnson
(R-TX) released the following statement on President Obama’s devised plan of across-the-board spending cuts – known as sequester – set to kick in March 1.
|Congressman Sam Johnson
Congressman Johnson said: “In spite of his rhetoric, President Obama is unwilling to work with us to really get our fiscal house in order. Instead, he continues pushing the same failed policies of his first four years as he campaigns for raising taxes on hard-working Americans. It’s time to lead Mr. President, your campaign is long over.”
Rep. Johnson also addressed the issue on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives:
“In just two days, President Obama’s devised plan of across-the-board spending cuts – known as sequester – will kick in. I voted for House legislation to replace the President’s plan with smarter and more responsible cuts. Unfortunately, the President and his friends in the Senate ignored it. Right now, America is over $16 trillion in debt. That means every American owes more than $52,000.
“Taxpayers all across this country know that Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Enough is enough,” he said.
“Now is the time to work together to stop spending money we do not have. We need to give the American people what they want, need and deserve. We must get our fiscal house in order by balancing our budget.
“It’s almost too late, let’s act now.”
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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will conduct a Public Hearing to present proposed improvements to an approximately 7-mile long section of United States (US) 75 from approximately 1,500 feet south of the Spring Creek Parkway interchange to approximately 500 feet south of the SH 121 interchange.
The purpose of the Public Hearing is to present the anticipated social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed project. The Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19
, 2013 at the City of Allen’s Senior Center
at 451 St. Mary Drive, Allen, TX 75002.
Prior to the Public Hearing, an Open House will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. to allow for questions and review of project exhibits. TxDOT staff will be available to answer questions during the Open House.
The formal Public Hearing presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and followed by a public comment period.
The project would provide additional capacity to the existing six-lane controlled access freeway by adding one additional lane in each direction. The project addresses traffic congestion along this section of US 75 and would be accomplished without the acquisition of additional right-of-way.
The proposed design also includes reversing some exit and entry ramps between Ridgeview Drive and Legacy Drive to reduce traffic congestion on the freeway, frontage roads and at existing interchanges.
Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations
generally are not provided as part of the proposed project. However, between Stacy Road and Ridgeview Drive, the outside frontage road lanes would be constructed to a 14 feet width to accommodate bicyclists. The proposed design also includes improved pedestrian accommodations at the frontage road intersections with Bethany Drive and McDermott Drive.
The proposed project’s environmental document and drawings showing the location and geometric design will be presented at the Public Hearing.
Project information will also be available for public inspection and duplication at the Dallas District Office located at 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150, the Collin County Area Office located at 2205 South SH 5, McKinney, Texas 75069 and on-line at www.keepitmovingdallas.com
under Upcoming Public Hearing. Drawings of the alternative alignments will also be available for public inspection at the Town of Fairview, 372 Town Place, Fairview, Texas 75069; the City of Plano, 1520 Avenue K, Plano, Texas 75074; and the City of Allen, 305 Century Parkway, Allen, Texas 75013.
All interested citizens are invited to attend this Public Hearing. Persons requiring special communication or accommodation needs should contact the TxDOT Dallas District Public Information Officer at (214) 320-6100 at least two (2) working days prior to the Public Meeting.