In advance of a hearing this week on the Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) is urging Republicans to support federal spending on transportation. The federal government has a constitutional responsibility to help pay for improvements to roads, bridges, waterways, and railroads, Rep. Shuster told a group of moderate Republicans during a speech to the Ripon Society. Rep. Shuster warned them against "reflexive" opposition to federal spending.
The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wisc.), is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on the current financial status of the Highway Trust Fund and its impact on federal surface transportation programs. One of the transportation committee’s priorities this Congress is developing a reauthorization of the current surface transportation law (MAP-21), which expires September 30, 2014. Current scenarios project the trust fund will run out of money by the end of 2014.
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