House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

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The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. Jim Oberstar (D-Minnesota) currently chairs the committee.

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Membership

MemberPartyState
James OberstarRCA
Nick RahallDWV
Peter DeFazioDOR
Jerry Costello
Eleanor Holmes NortonDDC
Jerrold NadlerDNY
Corrine BrownDFL
Bob Filner
Eddie Bernice JohnsonDTX
Gene TaylorROK
Elijah CummingsDMD
Ellen TauscherROK
Leonard Boswell
Tim Holden
Brian BairdRAL
Rick LarsenDWA
Michael CapuanoDMA
Tim BishopDNY
Michael MichaudDME
Russ Carnahan
Grace NapolitanoDCA
Heath Shuler
Dan LipinskiDIL
Michael ArcuriRFL
Timothy WalzDMN
Harry MitchellDIA
Chris CarneyDME
John HallRLA
Steve KagenROH
Steve CohenDTN
Laura Richardson
Albio SiresDNJ
Donna F. EdwardsDMD
Solomon OrtizDMA
Phil HareRWI
John BoccieriDWV
Mark SchauerDVA
Betsy MarkeyDCA
Parker GriffithDNJ
Tom PerrielloIMP
Michael E. McMahonRFL
Dina TitusDWA
Harry TeagueDIA
Mazie HironoDHI
Jason Altmire
John MicaRFL
Don YoungRAK
Tom PetriRWI
Howard CobleRNC
Jimmy DuncanRTN
Vernon EhlersDCO
Frank LoBiondoRNJ
Gary MillerRCA
Jerry MoranRKS
Henry Brown Jr.DFL
Timothy Johnson
Todd Platts
Sam GravesRMO
Bill ShusterRPA
John BoozmanRAR
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV
Jim GerlachRPA
Mario Diaz-BalartRFL
Charles DentRPA
Connie Mack
Lynn WestmorelandRGA
Jean Schmidt
Candice MillerRMI
Mary FallinDNM
Vern BuchananRFL
Bob LattaROH
Brett GuthrieRKY
Anh CaoRMD
Aaron SchockRIL
Pete OlsonRTX


Subcommittees

Committee activity

Action in the 110th Congress

Minnesota bridge collapse

Following the August 2, 2007, collapse of a bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which resulted in at least 5 deaths, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) moved to provide the Twin Cities with $250 million in emergency funds to help recover from the tragedy. With the accident highlighting problems with infrastructure across the United States, Oberstar also called for an increase in gasoline taxes to provide greater investment in transportation and infrastructure around the country. The emergency appropriations measure easily passed the committee and went to the House floor. The Senate was also expected to pass the legislation quickly, in order to be sent to the President's desk for approval prior to the August Congressional recess. Oberstar also promised to revamp transportation and infrastructure legislation when Congress is set to reauthorize the current highway bill.[1]

Bush authorizes funds for bridge repair

On August 6 President George W. Bush signed the emergency measure authorizing funding for Minnesota to repair the collapsed bridge. Though there was a speedy authorization process, the funds were still subject to the appropriations process and Bush had previously vowed to veto the $104.4 billion FY 2008 Transportation-HUD bill.[2]

Senators Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Don Young (R-Alaska) previously butted heads with the administration over funding for transportation infrastructure. Young commented,[3]

"I don’t do this often when I say ‘I told you so.’ As chairman, with Mr. Oberstar, we tried to put the money in to identify the weaknesses of the bridges and to repair them, and we were unsuccessful. We ended up with a $286 billion bill instead of a $375 billion bill.
“Mr. and Mrs. America, I believe it is time for us to wake up. We have to repair our outdated infrastructure, especially our bridges. ... We have to, as a Congress, grasp this problem and, yes, lo and behold, I would even suggest fund this problem with a tax. May the sky not fall on me, but with a tax.”[4]

Nationwide bridge repair legislation

On August 8, 2007, in response to the Minnesota bridge collapse which highlighted infrastucture problems on the National Highway System across the nation, Chairman Oberstar announced his intention to introduce a bill to establish a dedicated funding source for the repair and replacement of impaired bridges nationwide. According to the Department of Transportation, over 70,000 bridges in the U.S. are "structurally deficient." Oberstar, who planned to introduce the legislation after Congress reconvened in September following the August recess, cited a backlog of $32.1 billion in bridge repair on national highways. The chairman had not yet specified a source for the funding, but possibilities included taxes on gasoline, diesel, or imported oil. The bill would also direct the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to distribute funds based on public safety concerns and update its bridge inspection standards, prohibit earmarks for the funding, and require states to immediately inspect impaired bridges. The committee already set a hearing date for September 5 to discuss bridge repairs. Immediately, the proposal gained criticism for not being strong enough to address the problems of national infrastructure. Ranking committee member, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), called for a more comprehensive strategy to improve the nation's highways, bridges, ports, airports, and high-speed rail. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) also announced her intention to set a broader policy of national infrastructure improvements as part of her campaign. Meanwhile, the White House warned of increasing taxes to provide more federal funding, citing the importance of state and local funds for transportation and infrastructure.[5]

Previous committee membership

110th Congress (2007-2008)

Members of the
House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure,
110th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:


109th Congress (2005-2006)

Members of the
House Committee on Energy and Commerce,
109th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:


Articles and Resources

Wikipedia also has an article on House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

References

  1. Mike Soraghan and Elana Schor, "House panel OKs $250M for Twin Cities," The Hill, August 3, 2007.
  2. Avery Palmer. "Bridge Collapse Spurs New Focus on Infrastructure Needs," CQ. August 7, 2007.
  3. Avery Palmer. "Bridge Collapse Spurs New Focus on Infrastructure Needs," CQ. August 7, 2007.
  4. Avery Palmer. "Bridge Collapse Spurs New Focus on Infrastructure Needs," CQ. August 7, 2007.
  5. Avery Palmer, "Transportation Chairman Unveils Nationwide Bridge Repair Proposal," CQ, August 8, 2007.

External articles

Resources

Contact

Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure
US House of Representatives
2165 Rayburn HOB
Washington DC 20515
Phone:(202) 225 9446

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