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House Transpo Committee Promises Bipartisanship, To Tackle Aviation First
Posted By Noah Kazis On January 26, 2011 @ 2:43 pm In House of Representatives,John Mica,Nick Rahall,Reauthorization | No Comments
The committee’s meeting this morning, the first of the 112th Congress, included twenty new Republican faces, 19 of whom are freshman representatives. The mostly administrative agenda  didn’t offer many chances for the committee members to talk policy, but even some of the freshmen’s short introductions proved potentially revealing.
Chair John Mica and Ranking Member Nick Rahall each forcefully restated his commitment to keeping the committee running on bipartisan terms. “This has been one of the most bipartisan committees and it will continue to be,” said Mica. In a rhetorical reach across the aisle, Mica also used the president’s State of the Union call to invest in transportation as a springboard for his own remarks.
“There’s no Republican bridges, there’s no Democratic bridges, there’s only American bridges,” said Rahall. He urged committee members to “stand together, even against party leadership if necessary,” to keep partisanship out of their work. He even serenaded Mica with a one-day-early rendition of Happy Birthday.
More importantly, both Mica and Rahall agreed on a proposed schedule for the committee: as previously reported , aviation reauthorization will come before the surface transportation bill.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the surface transportation bill is being abandoned. “We’re going to get the darn thing done,” promised Mica. He also announced that the committee will take a listening tour across the country in mid-February to gather ideas from across the country. “I’m going to be as flexible as a Barbie doll,” said Mica.
The Republican freshman also had a few interesting things to say. Here are a few that stood out.
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 the new House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: http://transportation.house.gov/news/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1033
 mostly administrative agenda: http://transportation.house.gov/news/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1041
 previously reported: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2011/01/26/top-dot-officials-preview-the-push-for-a-transportation-bill/
 founded the Interstate Road Marking Corporation: http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Lou_Barletta
 Hanna’s construction company: http://www.uticaod.com/elections/x270974703/Richard-Hanna-new-to-politics-not-to-region
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