Bill Shuster, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman, has formed a special panel of six committee members to create a national infrastructure strategy across all modes.
The panel, which will include six Republicans and five Democrats, is to work for six months to generate recommendations for the next highway bill.
Shuster is expected to formally announce the panel Tuesday, and the panel will begin meeting April 24.
John Duncan will head the panel, which includes fellow Republicans Gary Miller, Richard Hanna, Daniel Webster, Rick Crawford and Markwayne Mullin. Jerold Nadler, Corrine Brown, Daniel Lipinski, Albio Sires and Janice Hahn will represent the Democrats, according to the report.
“Almost all manner of goods sold or produced in this country take a ride on our rails, pass through our ports, wind down our waterways, or travel our highways,” said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., in a statment. “The smooth movement of cargo across all these modes of transportation is essential in keeping our economy moving which is why this panel’s task of improving the efficiency of our interconnected freight network takes on such importance.” - Jon Ross