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.

Co-Sponsored Legislation:

  • 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

November 22, 2019 Press Release

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.

November 19, 2019 Press Release

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.

November 8, 2019 Press Release

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.

September 19, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today announced the award of $4.7 million for improvements to Appleton International Airport. The grants will be awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

July 3, 2019 In The News

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.

December 10, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mike Gallagher announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award Brown County a $19.8 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant to help fund the State Trunk Highway (STH) 29 and County Highway VV Interchange Project. Over the last year, Rep. Gallagher has been in contact with DOT to help secure the grant money.

September 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today the House unanimously passed the bipartisan, bicameral 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.

August 23, 2018 Press Release

APPLETON, WI. – Today, Rep. Mike Gallagher announced a Department of Transportation (DOT) grant of $10,452,500 to Appleton International Airport for the construction of an Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Training Facility. Rep. Gallagher was instrumental in directing DOT to address the lack of training facilities in Northeast Wisconsin and to award grant funding. Click here for Rep. Gallagher’s letter to the Appropriations Committee.

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