Lots of talk about infrastructure, understandably, after the bridge collapse in Minnesota left so many dead. But it’s not as if the topic has been ignored, really.
The 2005 Highway Bill created the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, because Congress determined “it is in the national interest to preserve and enhance the surface transportation system to meet the needs of the United States for the 21st century.” It’s a 12-member commission (members) that first met on May 24, 2006.
The same legislation, enacted in August 2005, created a National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, which met for the first time in April this year.
Also, the Senate last Thursday passed S. 775, a bill to establish a National Commission on the Infrastructure of the United States. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced the bill in March, with original cosponsors Norm Coleman (R-MN), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and George Voinovich (R-OH).
Future activities? Next month, as soon as Congress gets back, a hearing by the House Transportation Committee.
Full Committee – Structurally Deficient Bridges in the United States
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
2167 Rayburn HOB
Anyway, just some background information. More useful than finger-pointing.
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