On January 23rd, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held their first official meeting of the 113th Congressional session. The meeting was the committee organizational meeting to finalize and approve subcommittee assignments and establish an oversight plan of action for the congressional session. First term Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-9th/PA) formally announced that; Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd/NJ) will serve as Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-50th/CA) will serve as Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Subcommittee, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th/PA) will serve as Chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee, Congressman Tom Petri (R-6th/WI) will serve as Chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, Congressman Jeff Denham (R-10th/CA) will serve as Chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, and Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-7th/OH) will serve as Chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee.
Additionally, the Committee established the oversight plan of action for the 113th Congress. The committee announced that it will be spending a majority of its time focusing on the implementation of the provisions contained in the MAP-21 bill, which was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2013. The Committee will also conduct future hearings on FMCSA’s CSA initiative, Hours-of-Service regulations, highway safety, tolling, and a variety of other issues. For more information, the committee’s oversight plan of action can be viewed online.
The Committee also announced the formation of several “special” panels that will look at and address issues that fall under multiple subcommittees’ jurisdiction. Chairman Shuster announced that Congressman John Duncan (R-2nd/NJ) will chair these special panels in the 113th Congress.