PA Rep. Bill Shuster looking more like next Infrastructure chairman
“As you consider filling positions, I want to urge your consideration of Mr. Bill Shuster to lead the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,” current chairman John Mica said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.
The Trucker Staff
WASHINGTON — It is looking more and more likely that Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will be the next chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Current chairman John Mica, R-Fla., met last week with Speaker John Boehner about the possibility of granting a waiver that could have allowed Mica to continue as chairman.
Mica was in effect “term-limited” because GOP House rules say that “that no individual shall serve more than three consecutive terms as chairman or ranking member of a standing, select, joint or ad hoc committee or subcommittee beginning with the 104th Congress (1995-1997).
“I accept the Republican Conference vote last week to continue counting ranking member service toward full committee service as well as the ruling to not grant waivers with the exception of Mr. (Rep. Paul) Ryan, R-Wis.,” Mica said in a letter to Boehner dated Nov. 26.
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Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate and considered the party’s standard bearer on fiscal matters, was granted a waiver to remain as chairman of the House Budget Committee despite also being term-limited.
Mica then recommended Shuster to succeed him.
“As you consider filling positions, I want to urge your consideration of Mr. Bill Shuster to lead the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,” Mica said in the letter. “Bill has served in two subcommittee leadership positions and has both the experience and ability to assume this important position for our Conference.”
Shuster began campaigning for the chairmanship immediately after the election.
“Leadership demands hard work, experience and a clear vision for the future,” Shuster said in a letter to his colleagues on the committee. “It also requires teamwork, listening to a diverse set of opinions to create consensus and building coalitions based on share principles.”
Shuster noted that in his 11 years on the committee, including eight years of leadership as chairman or ranking member of two key subcommittees, he has demonstrated principle driver, inclusive leadership and achieved a “strong record of accomplishments.
“I am prepared to take on the tough challenges ahead and ask for your support to serve as chairman,” the letter concluded.
Shuster has served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since coming to Congress in 2001.
Mica was ranking member during the last two years of the Bush administration and the first two years of the Obama administration and has been chairman during the current Congressional session.
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