Creating jobs, cutting waste and saving taxpayers money are top priorities of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as it works to build our nation’s infrastructure.
To accomplish these goals, we must reduce wasteful spending, eliminate bureaucracy, streamline and improve government programs, and more wisely utilize federal resources.
The following are some of the Committee’s major initiatives to provide innovative and cost effective solutions to providing the country with safe, modern and efficient transportation systems, improving our critical infrastructure, restoring our economy, and putting Americans to work.
On July 6, 2012, legislation was signed into law that dramatically reforms surface transportation programs, cuts red tape in the lengthy project approval process, streamlines the federal bureaucracy, consolidates and eliminates many duplicative or unnecessary programs, and gives states more authority and flexibility to address their diverse transportation needs. This new law will allow states to carry out important highway, bridge and surface transportation projects and ensure long-term jobs in the hard-hit construction industry throughout the country. Read More »
On February 14, 2012, the Committee's major initiative to improve the nation’s airport and aviation infrastructure, create jobs, modernize our antiquated pre-World War II air traffic control system, improve aviation safety, and save taxpayers money through significant reforms of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was signed into law. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act (H.R. 658) sets the long-term federal policy for a vital segment of the nation's economy. Read More »
On January 3, 2012, the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act was signed into law. This Committee initiative strengthens pipeline transportation safety, fill gaps in existing law where necessary, and focuses on directly responding to recent pipeline incidents with balanced and reasonable policies. The measure also ensures the regulatory certainty in pipeline transportation necessary to allow businesses to create jobs. Read More »
The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012, singed into law on December 20, 2012, provides the U.S. Coast Guard with the authorities and programmatic reforms necessary to ensure the service can carry out its important missions, better utilize its resources, and more efficiently replace its aging assets. The bill includes provisions to ensure parity between the Coast Guard and the other Services and includes needed regulatory relief for small businesses that will protect jobs and encourage growth in the maritime sector. Read More »
The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011 prohibits U.S. participation in the European Union’s costly Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that would impose new emissions taxes on U.S. and other nations’ air carrier flights to and from Europe, regardless of whether the majority of the flight occurs in EU airspace. The bill was signed into law on November 27, 2012. Read More »
With taxpayers subsidizing every ticket nearly $50, it is essential that the Committee conduct vigorous oversight of Amtrak, which has a history of mismanagement and wasting taxpayers' dollars.
In 2012, the GSA became notorious for wasting millions of dollars on outrageous agency conferences, dubious employee awards programs, junkets to Pacific islands, and bloated bonuses, including for officials responsible for such abuses. However, these examples represent just the tip of the iceberg of the billions of dollars wasted by the government's mismanagement of federal property that results in empty and underutilized federal buildings and courthouses sitting idle. Read More »
The FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2011 (H.R. 2903) is legislation that cuts red tape in the programs of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reduce the costs of recovering from natural disasters, help communities rebound from disasters more quickly and cost-effectively, and save taxpayers millions of dollars. Read More »
On June 7, 2012, the Committee approved legislation introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Mica, Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs and other Members to halt EPA's attempts to illegally expand federal power under the Clean Water Act and potentially extend the government’s regulatory reach to every ditch, puddle and pond in the country. Read More »
The Obama Administration's high-speed rail program squandered billions of dollars and any chance of developing true high-speed rail in the United States. It is time to open the door to private sector competition in high-speed and intercity passenger rail service across the country, including the nation’s Northeast Corridor (NEC). Read More »
The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011 restores the long-standing balance between federal and state partners in regulating the nation's waters, and preserves the states' role and responsibilities in setting water pollution standards. This bill, which passed the House on July 13, 2011, prevents the heavy-handed federal regulatory overreach that stifles economic growth. Read More »
H.R. 872 is legislation to prevent the duplicative and costly regulation of pesticides under the Clean Water Act. This additional permitting requirement would simply add an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy to the application of pesticides, already heavily regulated by the EPA. Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was intended to be a lean agency with the flexibility to quickly respond to threats. Instead it has grown from a modestly sized, pre-9/11 force of 16,500 private airport screeners into a massive bureaucracy of more than 65,000. Read More »
A report prepared by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee identifies billions of dollars in potential savings to the taxpayer through improved management of federal assets and the elimination of waste in agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction. Read More »