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Entries in Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (6)

Monday
Mar062017

Chao Tells Conference ‘Time Has Come’ to Rebuild U.S. Transportation Infrastructure

AASHTO Journal

March 6, 2017

U.S. Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao"The time has come for a new program of national rebuilding," U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told leaders of state departments of transportation at an annual Washington, D.C., conference of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

In her prepared remarks as posted on a USDOT website, Chao echoed a signature statement issued the night before by President Trump as he said he would ask Congress for a major new infrastructure investment program.

Trump in his Feb. 28 speech to a joint session of Congress highlighted improvements he wants to make in transportation systems. Chao, in her March 1 keynote remarks at the AASHTO "Washington Briefing," told the state agency CEOs that "already, numerous meetings have been held – at the White House and at the Department of Transportation – with key infrastructure stakeholders from all over the country."

Read on...

Friday
Sep042015

Long-Term Highway Bill a Hot Topic as Congress Returns to Begin Fall Session

AASHTO Journal

September 4, 2015

With Congress due back in Washington right after Labor Day, many lawmakers got late reminders that their home states need a long-term highway bill that provides certainty and substantial Highway Trust Fund disbursements for years beyond the current Oct. 29 expiration.

The latest push came from governors in the Northeast, a mid-South state and from leading national business and labor groups, all pressing Congress to end the cycles of short-term patches to the trust fund and to invest in infrastructure programs that boost the economy.

The chief executives of seven states who form the Coalition of Northeastern Governors sent an Aug. 31 letter on surface transportation infrastructure needs to the top lawmakers in the two House committees that write transportation program authorizing legislation and find ways to pay for it.

"We strongly encourage the House and Senate to enact a fully funded, multiyear authorization bill that includes a sustainable revenue stream dedicated to the Highway Trust Fund," the governors told the chairmen and ranking minority members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Ways and Means Committee.   Read on…

Tuesday
Jul142015

U.S. House Leadership moves towards another short -term Transportation Reauthorization Extension -- $8 million

Proposing an extension until December 18, 2015, House leadership has released legislation extending MAP-21 to that date. Once again offsets are being used to meet the revenues needed to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent. 

Included in the offsets is a decrease in taxes for natural gas products:

Liquid Natural Gas would be lowered to 14.1 cents per gallon from its current 24.3 cents per gallon and Liquefied Petroleum Gas to 13.2 cents per gallon from 18.3 cents per gallon.

Summary of Offsets

Proposed House Bill

Monday
Jan272014

Shuster: Lawmakers need 'educating' on transportation funding

“I'm going to need you, on both sides of the aisle, helping me to drive those reforms, so we can do more with the dollars we have, and also make sure we're educating those on my side that there's a fundamental role in the federal government being involved with -- with the state and the locals out there,” he said. 

Click here for complete article > The Hill Transportation and Infrastructure Blog

January 26, 2014

The chairman of the House Transportation Committee said Friday that lawmakers in both parties needed to be “educated” on what needs to be included in a new road and transit funding bill.

Speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s annual conference, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said he needed the help of municipal leaders to convince lawmakers to make compromises that will be necessary to approve a new surface transportation bill.

“We need your help also in educating members of Congress,” Shuster said. “Because there are some members out there, and on both sides of the aisle there's education needed. On my side of the aisle, there's a reluctance to think … the federal government has a role or we shouldn't be spending money, or we shouldn't be spending more money. On the other side of the aisle, we've got, there's a reluctance to streamline things. To make sure we can get these projects … out there in the field and get them done quicker. Time is money.” …

Wednesday
Oct302013

Freight panel to lawmakers: Increase spending on highways, ports and rail

"The panel found that the current state of highway infrastructure does not adequately serve the needs of those moving goods across the nation," the report says. "Not every community is located adjacent to a railroad, airport, waterway, or port, but a consumer good is almost invariably transported along the nation’s four million miles of highways and roads for at least part of its journey."

Click here for complete article > The Hill

October 29, 2013

A panel that was created by lawmakers to issue suggestions about improving the U.S. freight transportation system is recommending that lawmakers approve more funding for roads and highways.

The House Special Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation issued its findings on Tuesday after holding six hearings with shipping industry stakeholders in places like California, Tennessee, New York and Norfolk, Va.

The panel, which was created earlier this year by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said it was critical for lawmakers to address a $20 billion shortfall in surface transportation that will be facing lawmakers again next year…

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Wednesday
Oct232013

Opinion: We must improve ports, waterways and water infrastructure

By Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.)

Shuster has represented Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District since 2001. He is chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and also serves on Armed Services Committee. Rahall has represented West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District since 1977. He is ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Click here to read complete article > The Hill

October 22, 2013

The global marketplace is becoming increasingly competitive, making it more difficult for the United States to stay on top. According to the World Economic Forum, in just a few years, we have fallen from having the most competitive economy in the world to having the fifth.

America must protect any economic advantages it has. During the last 150 years, transformative infrastructure accomplishments, such as the Transcontinental Railroad, the Panama Canal and the Interstate Highway System, have given us a tremendous economic edge...