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Villaraigosa in Washington to Promote Transportation Plan



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    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be in Washington, D.C. Thursday, meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to promote his national jobs and transportation plan, America Fast Forward.

    Villaraigosa is scheduled to meet with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and give the luncheon keynote speech at the Campaign for America's Future Summit on Jobs, an aide said.

    The Campaign for America's Future bills itself as a strategy center for the progressive movement and seeks to build an enduring progressive majority.

    Villaraigosa said America Fast Forward would generate $158 billion in total economic output focused in the construction and technical industries while generating $10.6 billion in new federal tax revenue and another $5.8 billion in state tax revenue.

    America Fast Forward is supported by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and more than 60 mayors.

    The trip is Villaraigosa's fifth to Washington since September.

    Villaraigosa is scheduled to return to Los Angeles Friday, an aide said.