Chairman Shuster: Congress Needs to Stay Focused on Critical Infrastructure

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By Janet Kavinoky, Vice President, Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition & Executive Director, Transportation & Infrastructure at U.S. Chamber of Commerce

At the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Aviation Summit last week, I had the opportunity to catch up with House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and discuss a topic top of mind for many in D.C.: funding.

Why it’s desperately needed, how to secure it and … and what is holding it up?

Shuster says that the focus needs to remain on critical infrastructure projects “that help us move commerce and people safely and efficiently.”

“There are some in Congress that think we should just not spend the money,” he adds. “There are some that they see a new pot of money they want to do six new programs.”

Shuster notes the critical role the business community can play to help move MAP-21. Funding from the current MAP-21 extension expires in just over two months; now is the time for Congress to take action.

The chairman also talks about funding to modernize the nation’s air traffic control system.

“I believe it needs to be a transformational bill,” he says of FAA reauthorization. “We need to significantly restructure and change the way the FAA operates. And I believe if we don’t do that we are going to continue to see our lead in the world — whether it’s airlines or manufacturing of aviation equipment — to continue to decline. We need to get the government out of the way of the private sector.”

Watch the video here.



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