Conference Report on H.R. 22, Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015by Representative Mimi Walters
Posted on 2015-12-03
WALTERS of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support
of the conference report for the FAST Act.
As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I am pleased this bill reflects the committee's hard work. This legislation makes a fundamental investment in our Nation's roads, bridges, and infrastructure, providing long-term certainty for local governments and ensuring the efficient movement of consumer goods.
Importantly, it also streamlines the environmental review and permitting processes to ensure transportation projects stay on time and on budget.
I was pleased that three provisions of significance to my district were included in the final bill. One directs Department of Transportation to study the effects of marijuana-impaired driving. The second would incentivize the use of innovative pavement material. The third would help address congestion in HOV lanes.
This 5-year bill is fully paid for and will put a stop to short-term extensions that are costly to taxpayers and create significant uncertainty for local and State governments.
I am pleased to support this historic bill coming before the House floor today, and I thank Chairman Shuster for his hard work in making this bill a reality.