Graves Helps Lead T&I’s First Hearing of 2017
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves this morning participated in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s first hearing of the 115th Congress. The discussion explored challenges facing America’s infrastructure and a vision for building a 21st century transportation network. Among those testifying at the hearing were CEOs from FedEx, Cargill, and BMW.
“This Committee, working alongside the Trump administration, has a tremendous opportunity to modernize and reinvent the way people and goods move throughout this country over the next two years,” Rep. Graves said. “It’s more than just rebuilding our roads and filling potholes – although that is a critical step. We must also work to bring America’s transportation network into the 21st century so Missouri’s farmers, businesses, and manufacturers have every possible advantage when competing in the global economy. These are things that can directly impact and improve the lives of people across our state.”
The long-term Highway Bill passed at the end of 2015 gave Missouri $5 billion in transportation funds to spend on rural bridges, crumbling highways, and outdated infrastructure over the following five years. It helped facilitate construction on our 35,000 highway miles and 10,000 roadway bridges, ensuring potholes get filled and road construction projects get done faster. Rapidly evolving transportation technologies, however, will change the way Missouri’s businesses operate within America’s infrastructure network in the not-so-distant future.
“But it is also our job to resist any push to overregulate or over legislate here,” Graves continued. “Instead, we have to focus on encouraging private sector innovation that can bring us to the next revolution in transportation – driverless cars, drones, and other cutting edge technologies. Regulations should be designed to ensure the safety of the public, but also to allow the business community to unleash the ingenuity needed to get us to this point.”
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