Surface Transportation Reauthorization: Local Perspectives on Moving America: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, May 15, 2014 [open pdf - 470KB]
This is the May 15, 2014 hearing on "Surface Transportation Reauthorization: Local Perspectives on Moving America" before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. From Richard Blumenthal's prepared statement: "It's an important week for transportation. Earlier today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee marked up a surface transportation bill governing highways. That's just one piece of the puzzle-- but it's a big piece. And in April, the president put forward his own proposal. That's the first time that has happened in his administration. This all shows that many are eager to address our transportation needs. There's a lot of action these days because we're at a critical place. The current surface transportation bill, MAP-21 [Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century], expires at the end of September. Moreover, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which supports the country's vast highway and transit network, is expected to go insolvent even sooner--as early as the end of August. At that point, state DOTs [Department of Transportation] and transit agencies will collectively begin facing a shortfall of billions and will have to shelve projects and forego rebuilding needs. This is increasingly known as the highway cliff. Like many other states, Connecticut will have to make tough decisions if funding runs short in August. And this happens right as we enter the beginning of the busy summer construction season when tens of thousands of constructions workers expect to get out there to re-build and repair our transportation network." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David R. Martin, Sly James, John Robert Smith, Paul S. Fisher, and Raymond J. Poupore.
S. Hrg. 113-399; Senate Hearing 113-399
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