U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna (NY-24) today was tapped to be part of the House-Senate Conference Committee to determine highway funding, House Speaker John Boehner announced early this evening.
Hanna, who is Vice Chairman of Highways and Transit Subcommittee on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, owned and operated a successful construction business in upstate New York for more than 30 years.
Hanna's real world experience is invaluable and part of the reason he was recommended to be a conferee, Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica said. Chairman Mica introduced Hanna as "one of our star new members of the committee" before Hanna spoke this afternoon on the House Floor about the long-term transportation proposal.
"I'm pleased to be selected to work on this committee and represent New York," Hanna said. "The House of Representatives has developed some of the strongest transportation policy reforms in decades. I look forward to working with the Senate to ensure good ideas from both sides are included in a final bill that will modernize Upstate roads and bridges and put folks back to work."
The Senate last month, passed a two-year, $109 billion transportation bill. The House has worked to pass a five-year bill to provide greater certainty to states and contractors, and recently approved an extension in order to facilitate a conference with the Senate.