House Majority Leader Statement on the tabling of the DOT nomination

The following statement was issued today by House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt following today's  decision by the Executive  Council to table the nomination of Chris Clement as the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation:
"I applaud the Executive  Council for holding off and not rushing Governor Lynch's nomination through today.  I believe that the councilors should continue to hold Chris Clement's feet to the fire until he fully explains his future plans for the I-93 widening project.  I also remain concerned with Mr. Clement's intentions to 'hold hostage' the I-93 project until the taxpayers of this state are forced to come up with additional funding.   The fact that he supports any and all sources of revenue to fund DOT projects is also very troubling.  We should not hand the controls of our state's infrastructure over to someone who remains so vague on such a critical project.  In the days ahead, prior to the next Executive Council meeting, I call upon Mr. Clement to further clarify his position for the taxpayers of this state."