Providing for Consideration of Conference Report on H.R. 22, Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015by Representative Dina Titus
Posted on 2015-12-03
TITUS. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Like the others you have heard from this morning, I commend those who have worked so hard on this bill. But, like them, I, too, have reservations about the final product.
It continues to underfund our Nation's infrastructure and it relies on unsustainable revenue sources and budgetary musical chairs; yet, it does include some policy provisions that I believe will result in better project development and delivery.
I represent the heart of the Las Vegas Valley, a region that is home to over 2 million people. We receive and enjoy the visits of over 43 million people from around the world annually. Having a transportation system to safely and efficiently move these people and products around is vital to our economic success.
That is why I am thankful that this final report includes a number of provisions that I advocated for, including language to ensure our States and MPOs consider the needs of the traveling public when developing their long-term transportation plans.
The bill will also create a national travel and tourism advisory committee comprised of stakeholders from across the industry to develop a plan to identify and invest in infrastructure and operational improvements along the most important travel corridors.
In addition, the final bill includes language I submitted that will extend the authorization for the development of Interstate 11, a major regional project in the Southwest.
Lastly, the conference report includes provisions I advocated for in the committee to make our roadways safer for all users, not just cars and trucks, but pedestrians and cyclists who have seen increased accidents and fatalities in recent years.
For these reasons that affect my district and the rest of the country and for others that have been mentioned, I think the bill deserves support. While it is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction.
For that reason, I will vote for it. I urge others to do so as well.