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Q&A: US Congressman John Mica
Friday, 08 February 2008

“Not since 1954 when President Eisenhower began the interstate system has there been a grand plan for even one mode of transportation, let alone a national strategic infrastructure policy.”

PT Speaks with Congressman John Mica (FL), Ranking Member: House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

PT: What are the most pressing infrastructure problems facing the country today that average American's might not consider?

Mica: They might not think about it, but congestion is probably the biggest issue we're dealing with from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Whether it's highways, airports, seaports or rail, all of our infrastructure is stretched to the limit.

Q&A: Congressman Vernon Ehlers
Wednesday, 05 October 2005

PT talks with Vernon J. Ehlers, U.S. Congressman from Michigan and senior member on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, about the federal highway bill.

October 5, 2005

PT: The federal highway bill has been widely criticized for the earmarking it contained. Was there a national plan as well?

Ehlers: The transportation bill is different from other authorization bills because most transportation funding comes directly from the fuel tax, so it also essentially appropriates money. In most other cases, authorizing bills set an upper limit and appropriators allocate the money. With the transportation bill, most of the earmarking occurs within the transportation committee and is not subject to a...

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