While infrastructure advocates wait to see what sort of investment plan President Trump will propose, a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing provided another forum to discuss what to do about deteriorating highways and other transportation networks. There was wide agreement on the needs, and some familiar ideas were floated on how to address them.
Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), opening the Feb. 1 hearing, said infrastructure has been a hot topic, noting its visibility in last year’s presidential campaign. “The wind is at our backs,” Shuster said, “and it’s time to act on our infrastructure’s needs.”
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