Conference Report on H.R. 22, Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson
Posted on 2015-12-03
JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in
support of H.R. 22, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST)
Act. This long-term authorization of surface transportation programs
will provide the certainty that states and municipalities need to plan
and build out critical transportation infrastructure projects.
This 5-year, $305 billion measure represents a bi-partisan compromise to help repair our crumbling infrastructure and secure our economic future while creating thousands of good paying jobs. As both a conferee to the transportation bill and the senior Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I can say with strong confidence that this legislation is a good-faith effort to make the important investments in our transportation infrastructure that our nation so desperately needs. While there are some shortcomings in the bill and some of us would like to have higher levels of investments be included, this bill will still help to further new and existing projects for the long-term.
I am pleased to see that this bill supports research and development, including expanding university transportation center outreach to women and underrepresented populations. In going forward, I hope that we can do more to elevate our nation as a leader in multimodal transportation innovation.
Mr. Speaker, Americans demand more investment in infrastructure and it is the responsibility of this Congress to make that investment. I applaud Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio and other members from the various committees of jurisdiction for their hard work on this bill. Passage of this legislation is a strong first step in keeping America competitive and helping to build and maintain our nation's critical transportation infrastructure.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. All time for debate has expired.
Pursuant to House Resolution 546, the previous question is ordered.
The question is on the conference report.
The question was taken; and the Speaker pro tempore announced that the ayes appeared to have it.