Lawmakers Question White House Transportation Funding Target, But Say Transportation is Primary Focus

Although some lawmakers have questioned the financial goals set by the White House for the next highway bill, they acknowledge that transportation funding needs to be a primary focus. President Obama's plan to seek a $500 billion to $600 billion long-term highway bill when MAP-21 expires next year is an unlikely financial target, according to Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). Ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) committee and West Virginia veteran Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) said reauthorization in 2014 will be a far different process than the contentious MAP-21 work of 2012. Rep. Rahall credits new committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) from Pennsylvania with bringing back a primary focus to the needs of the country’s aging infrastructure.

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