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
More on Transportation and Infrastructure
Rep. Mike Gallagher, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources and Development Act of 2020. The bill, which passed the House unanimously, authorizes projects to improve flood and storm protection, strengthen our ports and harbors, and protect inland waterways.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), in consultation with Wisconsin stakeholders and constituents, today secured critical conservation priorities for Northeast Wisconsin in H.R. 7575, the Water Resources and Development Act of 2020. The bill, which unanimously passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, authorizes projects to strengthen our ports and harbors, inland waterways, and improve flood and storm protections.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today spoke on the House Floor to outline his views on how to fix America’s infrastructure.
Rep. Gallagher's full remarks as prepared for delivery below:
In Northeast Wisconsin, we make things. And our economy relies on the Great Lakes to ship these goods from point A to point B.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI), today introduced the Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act, which would clearly define the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) responsibilities for icebreaking on the Great Lakes to meet the reasonable demands of commerce. Currently, the USCG conducts icebreaking on the Great Lakes based on an Executive Order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt over 94 years ago that fails to clearly define the icebreaking mission.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside other members of Congress, today sent a letter Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, urging him to swiftly implement the creation of an acquisition office for a new Great Lakes icebreaker. The acquisition office, which was mandated in the FY 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act, would be tasked with procuring this vessel as soon as possible.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Reps. Chris Pappas (D-NH), Troy Balderson (R-OH), and Harley Rouda (D-CA), today introduced the Motorcyclist Advisory Council Reauthorization Act, a bill that would reauthorize the Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for six years.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) yesterday introduced H.R. 5145, the Promoting Women in Trucking Workforce Act. This bill would direct the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to establish a “Women of Trucking Advisory Board” tasked with identifying barriers to entry for women in the trucking industry. The advisory board would also be required to work across organizations and companies to coordinate formal education and training programs and help identify and establish training and mentorship programs for women in the industry. Sens.
Whether you're driving around Green Bay or headed up north, odds are you've probably seen a logging truck somewhere along the way. That should come as no surprise: forestry is an integral part of our economy in Northeast Wisconsin.
But just like any industry, these businesses are subject to a whole host of regulations. And however well-intentioned some of these regulations are, some actually increase costs, harm our environment, and make local roads more dangerous.