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House Transportation Committee schedules first hearing of 113th Congress

Reports indicate that House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster will try to convince staunch conservative members of his party to exempt transportation from their proposals to scale back government spending. (The Trucker file photo)

The Trucker News Services

2/11/2013

WASHINGTON — The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold its first hearing of the 113th Congress Wednesday entitled “The Federal Role in America’s Infrastructure.”

The full committee hearing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Witnesses will include U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue, Building America’s Future Co-Chair and former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell and Laborers’ International Union of North America General President Terry O’Sullivan.

The committee’s agenda this Congress includes addressing the need for a new Water Resources Development Act, reauthorizing passenger rail safety and reform legislation, and preparing for the next surface transportation reauthorization.

The committee’s first hearing of 2013 will help inform the panel and highlight the federal role in strengthening the nation’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,” said Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa.

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Published reports say the Pennsylvania lawmaker and second-generation Transportation Committee chairman has indicated he will try to convince staunch conservative members of his party to exempt transportation from their proposals to scale back government spending.

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