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April 9, 2021 12:30 PM, EDT

House Transportation Committee Hosts ‘Members’ Day’ April 14

Rep. Peter DeFazio“I look forward to working with the Biden administration on our common goal of delivering results for all Americans in communities of all sizes,” Rep. Peter DeFazio says. (Erin Scott/Bloomberg News)

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The transportation panel in the U.S. House of Representatives will convene April 14 to give members of the chamber a venue to seek support for certain infrastructure projects.

Input from this hearing, referred to on Capitol Hill as “Members’ Day,” is meant to help guide the consideration of President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan, as well as a multiyear highway policy measure.

Democratic leaders in the House signaled the potential for considering several infrastructure policy measures as early as May. The country’s main highway policy law, called the FAST Act, was enacted in 2015 and its authorization expires in September. Transportation policymakers have affirmed their commitment to updating the law prior to its expiration.

“As my committee continues its work to pass our surface transportation reauthorization legislation this spring, I’m excited to have a partner in the White House with a robust plan to move our infrastructure into the 21st century,” said committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). “I look forward to working with the Biden administration on our common goal of delivering results for all Americans in communities of all sizes.”

Senior congressional Republicans are pushing back on the infrastructure plan’s policy spectrum and funding mechanism. Biden is proposing raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21% to fund a significant portion of the plan.

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