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Encyclopedia > United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress. Since its primary duties relate to authorization of public works projects, it is often criticized for wasteful spending on "pork barrel" projects. A standing committee is a subunit of a political or deliberative body established in a permanent fashion to aid the parent assembly in accomplishing its duties, usually by provided focused attention on one particular subject matter. ... The chamber of the United States House of Representatives is located in the south wing of the Capitol building, in Washington, D.C.. This photograph shows a rare glimpse of the four vote tallying boards (the blackish squares across the top), which display each members name and vote as... A lower house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the upper house. ... Congress in Joint Session. ... Pork barrel, in a literal sense, is a barrel in which pork is kept, but figuratively is a supply of money; often the source of ones livelihood. ...

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has six subcommittees: The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ...

  • The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit is primarily concerned with the construction of roads and other transit facilities. It has jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Transportation, and some provisions of the Clean Air Act.
  • The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation deals with maritime safety, security, law enforcement, and defense. Additionally, the Subcommittee exercises jurisdiction over merchant marine matters such as ocean shipping and cruise ships. The jurisdiction of this Subcommittee does not extend to matters directly related to national defense, which are handled by the Committee on Armed Services.
  • The Railroads Subcommittee is concerned with the regulation of railroads, including economic regulations, AMTRAK, rail safety, and labor.
  • The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee has jurisdiction over water conservation, pollution control, infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup. Among other things, this Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act.

Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) currently chairs the committee. It was formerly known as the Committee on Public Works and Transportation. The Federal Aviation Administration is the entity of the United States government which regulates and oversees all aspects of civil aviation in the U.S. // Activities Along with the European Joint Aviation Authorities, the FAA is one of the two main agencies worldwide responsible for the certification of new aircraft. ... The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001. ... The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is a U.S. government independent organization responsible for investigation of accidents involving aviation, highway, marine, pipelines and railroads in the United States. ... The Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle on the National Mall serves as the Institutions headquarters. ... The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ... New FEMA seal The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is an agency of the United States government dedicated to swift response in the event of disasters, both natural and man-made. ... The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a Cabinet department of the federal government of the United States that is concerned with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. ... The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is a Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transport. ... A Clean Air Act may be one of a number of pieces of legislation relating to reduction of smog and atmospheric pollution in general. ... The Committee on Armed Services is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of the nations military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy (as pertaining to national security), benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other... Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida Amtrak’s high-speed Acela Express at Penn Station New York, NY Amtrak, is the brand name of the intercity passenger train system created on May 1, 1971 in the United States. ... The Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C.A. § 1251 et seq. ...

The Committee website includes detailed rules, plans, and contact information.



  • Don Young, (AK), Chairman
  • Thomas E. Petri, (WI)
  • Sherwood L. Boehlert, (NY)
  • Howard Coble, (NC)
  • John J. Duncan, Jr., (TN)
  • Wayne T. Gilchrest, (MD)
  • John L. Mica, (FL)
  • Peter Hoekstra (MI)
  • Vernon J. Ehlers, (MI)
  • Spencer Bachus, (AL)
  • Steven C. LaTourette, (OH)
  • Sue W. Kelly, (NY)
  • Richard H. Baker, (LA)
  • Robert W. Ney, (OH)
  • Frank A. LoBiondo, (NJ)
  • Jerry Moran, (KS)
  • Gary G. Miller (CA)
  • Robin Hayes, (NC)
  • Rob Simmons, (CT)
  • Henry E. Brown, Jr., (SC)
  • Timothy V. Johnson, (IL)
  • Todd Russell Platts, (PA)
  • Sam Graves, (MO)
  • Mark R. Kennedy, (MN)
  • Bill Shuster, (PA)
  • John Boozman, (AR)
  • Jim Gerlach (PA)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart (FL)
  • Jon C. Porter (NV)
  • Tom Osborne (NE)
  • Kenny Marchant (TX)
  • Michael E. Sodrel (IN)
  • Charles W. Dent (PA)
  • Ted Poe (TX)
  • David G. Reichert (WA)
  • Connie Mack (FL)
  • John R. "Randy" Kuhl, Jr. (NY)
  • Luis G. Fortuno (PR)
  • Lynn A. Westmoreland (GA)
  • Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (LA)
  • Jean Schmidt (OH)


  • James L. Oberstar, (MN), Ranking Democratic Member
  • Nick J. Rahall, II, (WV)
  • Peter A. DeFazio, (OR)
  • Jerry F. Costello, (IL)
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, (DC)
  • Jerrold Nadler, (NY)
  • Robert Menendez, (NJ)
  • Corrine Brown, (FL)
  • Bob Filner, (CA)
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson, (TX)
  • Gene Taylor, (MS)
  • Juanita Millender-McDonald, (CA)
  • Elijah E. Cummings, (MD)
  • Earl Blumenauer, (OR)
  • Ellen O. Tauscher, (CA)
  • Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ)
  • Leonard L. Boswell, (IA)
  • Tim Holden, (PA)
  • Brian Baird, (WA)
  • Shelley Berkley, (NV)
  • Jim Matheson, (UT)
  • Michael M. Honda, (CA)
  • Rick Larsen, (WA)
  • Michael E. Capuano (MA)
  • Anthony D. Weiner (NY)
  • Julia Carson (IN)
  • Timothy H. Bishop (NY)
  • Michael H. Michaud (ME)
  • Lincoln Davis (TN)
  • Ben Chandler (KY)
  • Brian Higgins (NY)
  • Russ Carnahan (MO)
  • Allyson Y. Schwartz (PA)
  • John T. Salazar (CO)

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