Schedule for Transpo Bill Listening Tour Announced

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Field hearings don't have the pomp and circumstance of Washington events, but don't expect to testify unless you're invited. Image: ##http://www.timbishop.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=79&parentid=3&sectiontree=3&itemid=1343##Tim Bishop's office##
Field hearings don't have the pomp and circumstance of Washington events, but don't expect to testify unless you're invited. Image: ##http://www.timbishop.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=79&parentid=3§iontree=3&itemid=1343##Rep. Tim Bishop's office##

Yesterday’s field hearing of the House Transportation Committee on high-speed rail in New York City wasn’t officially part of the series of field hearings on the reauthorization. The tentative schedule hits small towns, big cities, and suburbs:

  • February 14th – West Virginia (Ranking Democrat Nick Rahall’s home state)
  • February 17th – Philadelphia area (Republican committee freshmen Patrick Meehan and Lou Barletta are from the area, as is Democratic T&I member Tim Holden)
  • February 18th – Rochester, NY (freshman Republican Tom Reed’s district and not too far for some of Richard Hanna’s constituents)
  • February 19-20 – Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis, and suburbs of Chicago (within reach of four Republican members’ districts and one Democrat)
  • February 21-23 – Portland, OR; Vancouver, WA; Fresno and Southern California (reaching four Republican districts and two Democrat)

The hearings may be focused on specific topics, which haven’t been announced yet. Witnesses must be invited to speak.

  • Mark P

    “Witnesses must be invited to speak.” I hope that decision is revisited, because that sounds like a good way to predetermine the outcome of the field hearings.

  • Fred B. Decatur GA

    How come no field meetings in the South (like Atlanta)?

  • I agree with Fred B’s comment above about apparent omission of the southern USA, and also want to know where/when in “southern California”. I accept that there is no stop in Arizona (for various reasons), but believe that you need to be specific about stops so that AZ, Nevada, Utah, NM, CO, WY, MT, ID advocates can plan to be represented. It seems like the Mountain West was overlooked, as well.

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