Chair DeFazio Statement from Hearing on “Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to Meet 21st Century Needs”
The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) during today's hearing titled: "Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to Meet 21st Century Needs."
Thank you, Chair Norton and Ranking Member Davis, for holding this hearing. Without question, the most imperative work this Subcommittee will undertake in the 116th Congress is crafting a surface transportation authorization bill.
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House Bill 517, would generate money for the state to spend on failing roads and bridges by adding 10 cents per gallon to the state’s gas tax and other fuels, as well as expand some fees on electric vehicles, car registration renewals, and specialty license plates. It is estimated the bill would generate $460 million per year in road fund revenue for the state. Read more about the bill here.
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