Congressman Lou Barletta Named to Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittees
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) today was appointed to three key Congressional subcommittees with broad oversight of national transportation and infrastructure issues.
U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) appointed Barletta to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit; the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials; and the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.
“We must do more with less and eliminate wasteful spending when it comes to rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure and putting people back to work,” said Chairman Mica. “Congressman Barletta’s background and experience as a mayor facing tough budget issues will make him a valuable addition to these subcommittees, and allow him to immediately contribute to the work of producing fiscally responsible legislation to improve our infrastructure.”
“The future of the 11th Congressional District is directly tied to the future of our infrastructure,” Barletta said. “Developing the infrastructure of our region is one of the most important challenges that we face in the 11th Congressional District, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with my colleagues towards solutions that will create jobs and improve our communities. “
A native of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Congressman Barletta was elected to Hazleton City Council in 1998 and became mayor in 2000. He gained statewide recognition for revitalizing Hazleton while working with a massive budget shortfall, and was named “Mayor of the Year” by the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association in 2008.
The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management authorizes the nation’s emergency preparedness policy and programs and conducts oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Subcommittee oversees agencies and programs promoting economic development in communities suffering economic distress, such as the Appalachian Regional Commission. The Subcommittee also exercises oversight of federal real estate programs and management.
The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit has jurisdiction of issues related to the construction of roads, bridges and transit facilities, highway safety, and the development of national surface transportation policy. The subcommittee is responsible for writing the next major authorization of surface transportation infrastructure and highway safety programs. The previous law expired in 2009.
The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials has jurisdiction over the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those regulations. The Subcommittee also oversees federal passenger rail programs and Amtrak. The transportation of hazardous materials and pipeline safety also fall under the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.
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