James Oberstar, house transportation committee chairman is pushing a new version of his reauthorization bill. We've just spent several hours watching a video of the congressman's committee hearing of March 26 after several people said we'd got him wrong on tolling interstates in an earlier report (http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/4672) We've made a transcript of his comments in context.
House transportation committee chairman James Oberstar said during a hearing on Capitol Hill March 26th that despite the major shortfall in revenue for gas tax-funded roads: "We're not going to allow tolling of the interstate highway system.
by Marcus J. Lemon
On June 18, 2009, the leaders of the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee published a blueprint of their proposed $450 billion six-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation program.
US House Transportation chair Rep James Oberstar is attempting to backtrack from his recent advocacy of swift action to institute a national vehicle-miles charge. He has had an aide claim the press "mistook" him.
The aide John Schadl put out a statement this week as follows:
James Oberstar house transportation chair wants US Government 'stimulus' money to go only to projects that use items "manufactured in the United States." (Oberstar 2009-01-07 http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/3922) The United States has only one factory manufacturing electronic toll transponders and readers - TransCore's in the northern part of Albuquerque NM.
House transportation & infrastructure chair James Oberstar (Dem MN) is proposing what he calls a $85 billion plan under the heading "Put Americans Back to Work". He outlined his proposal at a "National Economic Recovery Forum" on Capitol Hill today. The congressman proposes the $85b be split:
- $30b for highways and bridges (35%)
- $12b for transit (14%)
US Congressmen are taking it upon themselves to issue "awards." In their own name, to boot.