Transportation and Infrastructure
Success in our highly competitive global economy depends on the safe, rapid, and efficient movement of people and freight. Technology has made it possible to order a product online and have it delivered from halfway across the country to your doorstep within hours. At the same time, innovations like self-driving vehicles, autonomous drones, and ride-hailing apps promise to deliver untold levels of both progress and disruption. But these developments are threatened by the sorry state of our infrastructure and by the career politicians’ unwillingness to make tough decisions. We have a once in a generation opportunity to leverage private and public investment to design a new transportation policy framework that will do for the 21st century what Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System did for the 20th. Fixing our broken transportation system is an important part of returning America to economic growth, prosperity, and global leadership.
The House has been leading efforts to make this promising future a reality. H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act, is an excellent example of the bipartisan problem solving necessary to overcome these major challenges. HR 4 greatly reduces government red tape in the aviation and technology industries to protect America’s place as the world leader of technology and business innovation while also implementing strong consumer protections and safety requirements. These important reforms will improve the efficiency, safety, and passenger experience of air travel--goals all Americans can be proud of.
Most recently, the House unanimously passed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. The piece of legislation authorizes locally driven infrastructure improvements to be carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on our harbors, ports, locks, dams, inland waterways, flood protection, and other water infrastructure. The bill also addresses storm water and wastewater infrastructure improvements, reauthorizes and strengthens the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, and incorporates substantial portions of the Drinking Water System Improvement Act to help modernize the country’s aging drinking water infrastructure.
- H.R. 2946 - Heavy Truck, Tractor, and Trailer Retail Federal Excise Tax Repeal Act of 2017
- H.R. 2286 - Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act of 2017
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As far as politicians go, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher is a bit of a nerd.
He'll remind you about Article II of the Constitution, which grants power to Congress that he believes has been hacked away. He wrote his dissertation on President Dwight Eisenhower's Project Solarium, and is now part of a similar commission to look at cybersecurity.
He focuses on committee work, he said, a very un-sexy part of governing.