Congressman Sires was selected by leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to join 10 of his colleagues for a special subcommittee charged with identifying ways to improve our nation's freight transportation systems.
Members for the subcommittee, entitled the "Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation," were named on Tuesday by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall II, (D-WV). The committee will meet over a period of six months, beginning with their first scheduled hearing on April 24.
"It is an honor to be selected to join my colleagues on this subcommittee," said Congressman Sires. "Freight volumes are expected to more than double by 2040 to nearly $40 trillion annually, and in order to compete in a global economy, it's critical that we find solutions to provide for the reliable, efficient, and safe movement of goods across our country."
Earlier this year, Congressman Sires introduced H.R. 974, the MOVE Freight Act, which would direct the federal government to ensure the various and essential modes of our freight network are accounted for and provide investment in freight transportation projects.
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue bringing focus to an issue that is so vital to the health of our nation's economy. I look forward to working with my colleagues over the next six months to identify concrete, bipartisan solutions to improve our freight network," expressed Congressman Sires.