Across America, transportation is essential to a healthy and prosperous economy, and can greatly influence the quality of life.  However, this is especially true in the 13th District of Georgia, which includes five of the fastest growing counties in the country.  The Metro Atlanta area also experiences some of the worst traffic in the country, and this is only expected to worsen as development in the region continues.  I will continue to work in Congress in support of diverse transportation options like rapid transit and regional rail for our area.  Congress is expected to consider a new transportation and highway infrastructure bill in the near future, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that the needs of the 13th Congressional District are included in that package. 

Additionally, more than 107 million travelers passed through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year, making it the busiest airport in the world.  Atlanta’s role as a transportation hub brings significant economic benefits to Georgia—the airport employs many residents of the 13th District and makes metro Atlanta an attractive business center.  I believe that while Atlanta Airport is a major economic contributor in Metro Atlanta, the airport must be a good neighbor to surrounding communities.  That’s why I am a member of the Congressional Noise Abatement Caucus, a bipartisan group of members who represent airport communities.  As the airport continues to expand and modernize, I will continue to raise the issues of concern for those living near the complex where needed.