|Democratic Caucus Launches Task Force to Promote Livable Communities|
Washington, DC (October 19, 2009) – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore) and the House Democratic Caucus today will launch the Livable Communities Task Force (LCTF). The LCTF will identify ways the federal government can be a stronger partner to local communities to improve Americans’ quality of life. This includes reducing the nation’s dependence on oil, protecting the environment, improving public health and investing in housing and transportation projects that create jobs and give people more commuting choices. Blumenauer will serve as the Chairman of the Task Force.
“When I first came to Congress thirteen years ago, people looked at me curiously whenever I used the term livability,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “Today, not only are policymakers talking about how to make our communities more livable, but we have an administration that has established a Partnership for Sustainable Communities. As Chairman of the Livable Communities Task Force, I am eager to work with the administration on this initiative and ensure that the federal government is a better partner to local communities. By making smart investments in transportation and housing, for example, we can give people more choices, reduce America’s dependence on oil, and grow the economy. With a diverse group of members from around the country, this new Democratic Task Force will play a vital role in coordinating with the administration to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in communities big and small, urban and rural.”
A current list of members of the Livable Communities Task Force is below and can be found on the LCTF website at www.blumenauer.house.gov/livablecommunities :