Congressman Bill Shuster made the following statement after House and Senate conferees were able to come to agreement on the Transportation Bill Conference Report.
"Transportation is essential to our nation's competitiveness. Key infrastructure reforms are vital to ensure that taxpayer dollars are focused on infrastructure and are spent more effectively and efficiently.
I am proud of this bicameral, bipartisan agreement that brings much needed reform and consolidation to our transportation programs, streamlines the transportation project approval process, and gives states more flexibility to address their critical priorities.
Time is money, and with these reforms we will ensure that we can move forward with major transportation projects more effectively, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.
By funding programs at current levels through the end of fiscal year 2014, this agreement also gives certainty to States to undertake much needed infrastructure projects and improvements. Highway and transit programs have been extended nine times since 2009, robbing States of the stability they need to take on major projects that can improve our competitiveness and holding back employers from investing in their businesses and hiring workers."