Washington, D.C. — Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) was reelected by the House Republican Conference to continue serving as Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 114th session of Congress.
“I look forward to continue serving as Chairman of a committee so vital to our nation’s future,” said Congressman Shuster. “By having a strong infrastructure we not only create jobs and economic growth for American businesses and consumers here at home, but we remain competitive with the rest of the world.”
Shuster highlighted his first term as Chairman by passing the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) which passed 417-3 in the House, 91-7 in the Senate, and was signed into law. According to Shuster, this waterways infrastructure legislation which deauthorized $12 billion in wasteful projects will ensure that necessary investments are made to our nation’s port and waterways, and will strengthen our economic competitiveness by delivering goods to markets faster and cheaper.
One of the largest committees in Congress, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee currently has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, roads, mass transit, and railroads. The committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure, including clean water and wastewater management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the economic development of depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, activities of the Army Corps of Engineers, and the various missions of the Coast Guard.