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Infrastructure Bill Ready "Closer to the Summer"

No timeline for legislation

February 16, 2018
Bill Shuster, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, said an infrastructure bill could be ready "closer to the summer."

Bill Shuster, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, said Thursday that an infrastructure bill could be ready "closer to the summer." 

According to TheHill.com,  Shuster and Peter DeFazio met this week to discuss the details on crafting a piece of legislation that will bring the White House infrastructure proposal to life.

During their discussion with the president, a 25-cent gas and diesel tax hike was put on the table, which is an option President Trump has indicated he was open to. The gas tax contributes revenue to the Highway Trust Fund to be used for road projects and hasn't had an increase since 1993.

“An infrastructure bill needs to be bipartisan, fiscally responsible, and make real long-term investments in our Nation. By addressing the long-term sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund, exploring new ways to invest, and ensuring the fast delivery of projects, we can rebuild and improve our highways, water infrastructure, public buildings, rail transportation, and other infrastructure."

Shuster said lawmakers likely have until July to get some sort of infrastructure effort done, but added that there is no set timeline for authoring a bill. Shuster plans to retire at the end of his current term who is retiring at the end of his current term this year.

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