U.S. Representative Richard Hanna this week was appointed to a special panel tasked with examining the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the U.S. economy.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) this week announced the members of the "Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation." The special panel will serve for a period of six months, beginning with its first scheduled hearing on April 24, 2013.
"This select panel will play a critical role in providing recommendations on how to improve the efficient movement of goods between highways, ports, inland waterways, railroads, air carriers, and pipelines," Chairman Shuster said. "I am confident that Rep. Hanna will use his decades of experience in the private sector and his knowledge of the transportation industry to provide the Committee with valuable insights for the improvement of freight transportation and our Nation's economy."
"Being appointed to this panel is especially important as a Representative of New York. From ports on Lake Ontario to trucks on the Thruway to the Erie Canal to miles of freight rail lines, we are truly steeped in intermodal freight transportation. I look forward to working on this panel and sharing my thoughts on improving the flow of freight across all modes of travel," Rep. Hanna said. "To compete in a global economy, an efficient movement of goods is paramount - and that can start right here in upstate New York."
The Republican members of the panel are:
John J. Duncan, Jr., TN, Chairman
Richard Hanna, NY
Gary Miller, CA
Rick Crawford, AR
Daniel Webster, FL
Markwayne Mullin, OK
The Democratic members of the panel are:
Jerrold Nadler, NY, Ranking Member
Corrine Brown, FL
Daniel Lipinski, IL
Albio Sires, NJ
Janice Hahn, CA
Additional details about the panel's first hearing on April 24 will be announced at a later date.