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On Tuesday, March 17, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held the second hearing of this Congress on Surface Transportation Reauthorization with several organizations giving testimony on the importance of the federal role in a long-term surface transportation bill. The witnesses, as well as the organizations they represented can be found below.
- The Honorable Patrick McCrory, Governor, State of North Carolina; on behalf of the National Governors Association
- The Honorable Ralph Becker, Mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah; on behalf of the National League of Cities
- The Honorable John Cox, Director, Wyoming Department of Transportation; on behalf of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
All three witnesses stressed the need for a federal partnership with the combination of other revenue streams to sustain the nation's transportation system. Governor McCrory focused on the theme of interconnectivity between states for a truly national system to advance commerce and create mutually beneficial relationships between regions. Mayor Becker talked about the need for transit in emerging cities, as well as the financial burden that the delay of long-term federal funding causes for these programs. Director Cox emphasized how state taxes are a supplement for transportation funding, but cannot be a substitute for federal funding. Each witness answered questions from Members of the Committee on issues including devolution, regulatory burdens, transparency and funding sources, among many other topics.
To view the hearing in its entirety or to read the prepared remarks offered by the witnesses, please visit the committee website here.
Appropriations Hearing on Administration Budget
On Thursday, March 19, the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development held a hearing to discuss the Administration's proposed budget. Each witness spoke specifically to their own agency needs, as well as to the need for a larger investment in surface transportation infrastructure. The witnesses who gave testimony are listed below.
- The Honorable Gregory G. Nadeau, Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
- The Honorable Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration
- The Honorable Dr. Mark R. Rosekind, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- The Honorable Paul N. Jaenichen Sr., Administrator, Maritime Administration
Each witness was asked about the Administration's FY 2016 budget recommendations for their agencies by Members of the Subcommittee. Among the topics discussed were the Capital Investment Grant Program (New Starts and Small Starts), bus and bus facility investments, the detrimental effects of a short-term funding patch, TIGER Discretionary Grants, existing infrastructure maintenance, as well as the growing demand on the larger transit system.
To view the hearing in its entirety, please visit the subcommittee website here.