Committee Chairmen are in place for the 114th Congress, with House Republicans formally picking Bill Shuster (R-Penna.) to again chair the Transportation Committee.
House Democrats voted unanimously for Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to serve as the committee’s ranking member, succeeding Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) who was defeated in the election.
Rep. DeFazio said in an interview with Transport Topics that he is hopeful about Congress’ chances of advancing a long-term highway bill before the current law expires in May.
However, Rep. Shuster has started to review a reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal year 2015. Proceeding with an FAA bill could increase the likelihood that lawmakers eye another short-term patch to the Highway Trust Fund in the spring.
Due to the retirement of Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will lead the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over taxes.
The Senate has not yet named its committee chairs.
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