Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released the following statement in response to the release of more information on the President's infrastructure plan:
"Our Nation has significant long-term infrastructure needs that must be addressed and responsibly paid for to improve our economic competitiveness, efficiency and quality of life. I welcome the President's interest in improving our infrastructure. However, the President's plan appears to be only a short-term proposal for long-term challenges.
"I'm encouraged by the President's comments about the need to reduce red tape and streamline project delivery, including working to implement provisions from MAP-21 that can cut the time to build a highway project in half. We need to find additional opportunities to move projects ahead faster in all modes of transportation to save time and money. It can take the Army Corps of Engineers 17 years to complete a major port terminal project that takes the private sector only seven years. I hope the President will be willing to work with Congress on this and other long-term solutions to our substantial infrastructure needs."