Federal role in transportation subject of first T&I hearing

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 2/11/2013

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is dedicating its first hearing of the 113th Congress to discussing the federal role in infrastructure, and for good reason.

The Congressional Budget Office recently said the Highway Trust Fund will remain solvent until sometime in 2015, but after that the fund faces a crisis unless Congress takes action to find new funding.

The T&I Committee’s new chairman, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-PA, will call the hearing to order on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The title of the hearing is “The Federal Role in America’s Infrastructure.”

“Transportation and infrastructure have long been recognized as federal responsibilities shared with the States. Understanding the federal role in financing, building, and maintaining an efficient system of infrastructure is critical to ensuring U.S. economic growth and global competitiveness,” Shuster said in a statement.

OOIDA counts a strong federal role in transportation among its principles.

On the panel to testify at the hearing are U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and Laborers’ International Union President Terry O’Sullivan.

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