Conference Report on H.R. 22, Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015by Representative Rodney Davis
Posted on 2015-12-03
DAVIS of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, article I, section 8 of
the U.S. Constitution grants this body the power to regulate commerce
with foreign nations and among the several States as well as the power
to establish post offices and post roads.
Maintaining and improving our Nation's infrastructure is an important constitutional responsibility that we, as Members of this body, have, which is exactly why I told voters what I wanted to do when I came to Washington was to work together in a bipartisan fashion to address issues just like this transportation bill is going to address.
What does this bill mean to the voters in central Illinois who sent me here? It means about 80 percent of all of the road projects that are funded in my State of Illinois are funded by Federal dollars.
The vision that has been laid out in this bill--and we could argue about the pay-fors, whether they are not perfect. But we can also show the American people that we can work together to rebuild our Nation's crumbling infrastructure.
I am confident that as soon as this bill passes overwhelmingly today, under the leadership of Chairman Shuster, he will begin debating how we move into the future in our next transportation bill. That is what is great about service on this committee.
I want to commend Chairman Shuster, Chairman Graves, Ranking Member DeFazio, and all the hardworking members of this committee who put a great bill together.
Everybody has stood up and said it is not perfect, but no bill that comes out of this institution is perfect. We don't always get everything we want, Mr. Speaker. But what we get is a long-term plan that is allowing our States to continue to plan and rebuild our roads and bridges.
I also want to thank Chairman Shuster because he helped new leaders on our committee become leaders in transportation. I want to talk about Cresent Hardy, who just spoke a few minutes ago. He was able to show his constituents that he is able to lead on transportation issues and work together to get things done.
John Katko, Garret Graves--these are new members of the committee that are able to go back to their constituents and show governing and bipartisan success.
This is what we came here to address, Mr. Speaker.