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December 4, 2020 12:00 PM, EST

Rep. Sam Graves Chosen Again to Lead House Republican T&I Caucus

Rep. Sam GravesGraves said, “Since coming to Congress nearly two decades ago, I first fought to serve on and now lead this committee for Republicans because America’s infrastructure underpins the entire economy.” (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives selected Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri to lead their efforts on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during the 117th Congress.

Graves was instrumental in advancing GOP policies during the panel’s consideration this year of a multiyear highway policy bill.

Said Graves, “Since coming to Congress nearly two decades ago, I first fought to serve on and now lead this committee for Republicans because America’s infrastructure underpins the entire economy.”

“Next Congress, we need to find consensus-driven, realistic solutions for an overdue long-term reauthorization of programs to fix our roads, bridges and other surface transportation infrastructure. We need to continue investing in our ports, waterways, flood control and other water resources improvements,” Graves added.

Rep. Brian Mast and Rep. Peter DeFazio

Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) will return as the panel’s chairman.

Additionally, the leadership of the congressional Air Cargo Caucus announced Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) was selected to serve as its co-chairman. The caucus of more than 40 members is dedicated to enhancing relations with the air cargo industry.

“There’s no doubt that the air cargo industry is a critical component of our local, state and global economies,” Mast said. “In Florida alone, the industry supports more than 625,000 jobs and creates over $4 billion in revenue.”

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