Congressman Lawler Condemns MTA’s Congestion Pricing Plan, Calls It a ‘Cash Grab’ Harming Essential Workers in Manhattan

Today, Congressman Mike Lawler (NY-17) released the following statement slamming the MTA for voting to approve congestion pricing charges that will cost first responders, nurses, doctors, teachers, and all workers in Manhattan’s Central Business District at least $15 a day just to get to work.

“I’ve been opposed to congestion pricing since day one, and the MTA’s decision to charge $15 just to get to work is a slap in the face to hard-working New Yorkers,” said Congressman Lawler. “Rather than cleaning up their own mess and addressing the billions in waste, fraud, and abuse within the MTA, Governor Hochul and Janno Lieber have doubled down on this cash grab which won’t fix the underlying issues at 2 Broadway.”

“I’ll continue working with a bipartisan group of my colleagues in Congress and in state and local government to advance legislation designed to kill the congestion pricing cash grab, including the Anti-Congestion Tax Act, which I introduced with Congressman Josh Gottheimer at the beginning of my term,” concluded Congressman Lawler. “Governor Hochul and the MTA have been warned and they should expect tangible federal action against this absurd scheme.”

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