Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Applauds the Successful Mark-up of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act
Washington, DC - (Friday, October 23, 2015) - Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement after the successful committee mark-up of H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (STRRA).
“The successful completion of the committee mark-up of this legislation is an important step for the future of surface transportation programs across the country,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “This bill will extend Highway Trust Fund authority for six years, which will in turn give states and localities the certainty they need when planning and executing transportation projects.”
The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 provides $325 billion in contract authority from the Highway Trust Fund over six years for highway, transit, and highway safety programs. Congresswoman Johnson was able to include an important amendment in this legislation. She introduced an amendment that would limit the Department of Transportation’s ability to redistribute unallocated TIFIA funds without first considering the impact on qualified projects. As ranking member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology she was also able to get language approved that expanded University Transportation Center (UTC) outreach activities to women and underrepresented populations and for including minority institutions in consideration for all UTC grants.
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.