House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Aims to Pass Infrastructure Bill
In a January press release, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (the Committee) for the 116th Congress, spoke of the possibility of crafting an infrastructure bill that could pass by early June. Chairman DeFazio reasons that there is strong bipartisan support for a significant infrastructure package that would lay the groundwork for generations to come.
Believing that every state and territory in the country is directly affected by the decisions made by the Committee, DeFazio said he is seeking a bipartisan agreement on legislation to strengthen the federal role for maintaining and providing access to transportation for all Americans. Looking to put an end to the impending transportation crisis in our country, Chairman DeFazio hopes to obtain the necessary spending measures for roads, bridges and many other public works.
Although there is still no consensus for how to pay for the infrastructure package, there seems to be plenty of bipartisan support. Even with current party tensions revolved around the partial government shutdown, President Trump’s stated desire for infrastructure reform has given DeFazio and others in his party confidence that this could be one issue that parties are willing to reach across the aisle to achieve.