October 17, 2017 1:45 PM, EDT

Senate Committee to Consider FHWA Nominee Oct. 18

FHWA nominee Trombino FHWA nominee Paul Trombino. (Environment and Public Works Committee via YouTube)

The nomination of President Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Highway Administration will come up before a Senate committee on Oct. 18.

Editor's note: This event has been postponed; no rescheduled date has been announced. 

The Environment and Public Works panel scheduled a vote on Paul Trombino to lead an agency that oversees the country’s surface transportation network.

Trombino, a former Iowa transportation chief, told the committee this month that they should consider various funding sources, such as public-private partnerships, to help pay for big-ticket infrastructure projects.

“Tolls work in some states and tolls don’t work in some states. And that’s true in the tools, too. Just as I would say P3s work in some states — it’s a good tool — in some areas they don’t work,” Trombino said on Oct. 5.

The committee’s chairman, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), supports Trombino’s nomination.

“I applaud President Trump’s nomination of such a highly accomplished and dedicated public servant for this important position,” Barrasso said. “With the president’s call for an infrastructure bill, this committee has heard from a broad range of stakeholders about how the Congress can better help the FHWA, state departments of transportation, private sector companies and other stakeholders invest public resources in a sound and effective way to modernize America’s transportation infrastructure.”

Trombino, the former president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, was at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation prior to his stint in Iowa.