House Passes Amtrak Reform Bill
The House of Representatives today approved a bipartisan bill that improves the Nation’s passenger rail system and reforms Amtrak by reducing costs, creating greater accountability and transparency, leveraging private sector resources, and accelerating rail project delivery.
The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, or PRRIA (H.R. 749), was introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA); T&I Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR); Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA); and Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael Capuano (D-MA).
“PRRIA brings significant and needed reforms to Amtrak. This bill will result in cutting waste, strengthening our infrastructure, and providing better, more cost-effective passenger rail service for our Nation’s transportation system,” Shuster said.
Chairman Shuster Response to President’s Comments on Infrastructure in State of the Union
“The president’s continued interest in wanting to work together to solve America’s infrastructure issues is a positive step. Whether it be the Water Resources Reform and Development Act or our bipartisan Public-Private Partnership Panel, the Committee has shown that it can solve our nation’s problems in a fiscally responsible manner.
"While I’m willing to work with President Obama on finding a way to fix our nation’s infrastructure, having to choose between infrastructure or the job-creating Keystone pipeline is a shell game that costs the American people further energy independence and job creation. Both are opportunities we should pursue and can achieve.”
Shuster Announces Subcommittee Chairmen & T&I Vice Chairman for 114th Congress
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) today announced his selections for the Committee’s six subcommittee chairmen and the Full Committee Vice Chairman for the 114th Congress.
“Last Congress, the Committee was able to work together to accomplish a number of our policy and legislative goals to help strengthen America’s infrastructure and bolster the Nation’s competitiveness,” Shuster said. “A great deal of our success was attributable to our committee’s excellent leadership team. With the return of five of our subcommittee chairmen and Full Committee Vice Chairman, and the addition of a proven leader to lead our Highways and Transit Subcommittee, I am confident we will be able to continue effectively addressing the needs of our transportation system.”
House Approves Pro-Jobs Keystone Pipeline Bill
A bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project and help create thousands of American jobs was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives today.
H.R. 3, introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), provides for the immediate approval of the Keystone project, delayed for years by the administration. The bill passed the House by a vote of 266 to 153.
House and Senate Leaders Issue Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee today applauded final Congressional passage of the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014.
House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), House Transportation Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), and Senate Commerce Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) released the following statement on passage of the bill:
Special T&I Panel Releases Report on Public-Private Partnerships
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Panel) today released its final report and recommendations on how to balance the needs of the public and private sector when undertaking P3s to finance the Nation’s infrastructure. The Panel was tasked by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) with examining the current use of P3s across the Committee’s jurisdiction – including all modes of transportation, public buildings, water, and maritime infrastructure. The Committee’s Vice Chairman, U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), led the P3 Panel, and U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) served as its Ranking Member.
House-Passed Bill a Strong Bipartisan Message to Administration That It Cannot Change Law on Its Own & Expand Executive Branch Powers to Regulate Waters
Bipartisan legislation to prevent the Administration from bypassing Congress, changing the scope of existing law without authority, and expanding its own limited powers to regulate waters under the Clean Water Act, was approved by the House of Representatives today.
The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078) is legislation that upholds the federal-state partnership to regulate the Nation’s waters and prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing a rule that threatens to open many new waters and private property to federal regulation, including ditches, man-made ponds, floodplains, riparian areas, and seasonally-wet areas.
House Approves Transparent Airfares Act
The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to return transparency to U.S. airfare advertising and providing greater clarity for consumers by allowing advertisements for passenger air travel to state the base airfare and separately disclose any government-imposed taxes and fees and the total cost of travel.