Surface Transportation: Investment Needs and the Budget, Hearing Before the Committee on the Budget, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, October 25, 2007 [open pdf - 923KB]
From the opening statement of John M. Spratt: "This is a hearing on the surface transportation system of this country, the investment needs and the budgetary resources to meet those needs. […] As this Committee continues to consider the nation's fiscal challenges, our nation's infrastructure, its highways, its bridges, its transit systems are a vitally important topic. Surface transportation programs affect our economy. They affect our safety. They affect our quality of life. So it is important to understand what the needs are and what the options are for meeting these needs. With a new highway bill on the not-too-distant horizon, these issues take on an even greater element. This Committee in particular will need to examine this issue when resolving our decisions about our fiscal year 2009 budget resolution. The collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis in August raises the question of what level of resources do we need to be sure that our infrastructure is up to minimal standards." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John M. Spratt, Paul Ryan, Earl Blumenauer, Pete Ruane, Adrian Smith, Mary E. Peters, Robert A. Sunshine, Janet F. Kavinoky, and Robert Puentes.
Serial No. 110-23
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