WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 22, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45) today released the following statement after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup of H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes and reforms federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Walters offered two provisions which were included in the reported bill, including: language that would direct the Department of Transportation to study the effects of marijuana impaired driving; and language that would incentivize the use of innovative pavement materials to build and repair roadways around the country. H.R. 3763 is now awaiting consideration by the full House of Representatives.
Said Rep. Mimi Walters, “Throughout the country, and particularly in my homestate of California, our roads are crumbling, our bridges are in need of repair, and our transportation system requires serious reform. This bipartisan legislation authorizes federal surface transportation programs for six years, providing us with the tools to invest in our transportation and infrastructure system and make our highway system more efficient. Furthermore, it would direct more power and flexibility to states and local governments in addressing their specific needs and cut through bureaucratic red tape. I am pleased that two of my provisions were included in the committee’s bill. The first would help reduce traffic congestion and maximize the use of taxpayer dollars through the use of innovative pavement technologies, while the second would research the effects of driving under the influence of marijuana. Ultimately, this bill works to improve Americans overall quality of life and I look forward to its advancement throughout the legislative process.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees.