Less than two weeks after the Obama administration unveiled a six-year, $478 billion transportation proposal, DOT chief Anthony Foxx appeared before the GOP-led House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today at 10 a.m. EST.
The hearing is meant to kick off the House’s discussion about the next highway bill. Republicans and Democrats will have the opportunity to outline their policy views on trucking, infrastructure investments, safety regulations and freight connectivity. “Providing the nation with transportation infrastructure has long been recognized as a federal responsibility that is shared with state and local partners,” according to background provided by the committee.
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Foxx is expected to urge lawmakers to approve a long-term highway plan before funding for federal transportation programs expires at the end of May. Last month, the secretary told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee,“Look at our aging system. Look at the opportunity we have to grow jobs and the economy. Look at our own children and grandchildren. In order for the system to be as good as the American people, we must do something dramatic.”
Last summer, Congress extended through May 31 the 2012 law MAP-21 to save the federal Highway Trust Fund account from insolvency. Meanwhile, GOP leaders in the House and Senate have not proposed a long-term funding plan for highway projects.