The House Transportation Committee plans a full-committee mark-up Thursday, Feb. 2, of what Republicans are touting as the largest transportation reform bill since the interstate highway system’s creation in 1956.
The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act will be introduced before that meeting, according to Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.). The earmark-free legislation contrasts with the previous surface transportation law, which contained more than 6,300 earmarks.
The Florida Republican issued that statement following President Obama’s Jan. 24 State of the Union speech. The current surface transportation funding extension expires March 31.
The bill would “permanently remove government barriers to American energy production and use the revenues to repair and improve America’s roads and bridges,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Nov. 17. It also would eliminate and consolidate nearly 70 surface transportation programs that are “either duplicative or not in the federal interest.”
Additionally, the legislation would: