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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