As a former member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have worked closely with my colleagues to help repair our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. I was proud to be appointed a Conferee on the House and Senate Transportation Conference Committee in the 112th Congress. As a Conferee, I worked with my House and Senate colleagues in a bipartisan manner to develop a long-term transportation reauthorization. Moving Ahead for Progress for the 21st Century (MAP 21) extends our nation’s highways and bridge programs, while eliminating duplicative programs, streamlines the environmental review process, allows states to pursue Public-Private Partnerships and provides states with more spending flexibility. Indiana received record funding in MAP21 and gave funding certainty to INDOT to continue projects like I-69.
The Military CDL Act, a bipartisan bill I introduced with Rep. John Carney (D-DE) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) passed the House & Senate and was signed into law by President Obama in October 2012. This legislation makes it easier for our active duty military to obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) which they can use while in the military and to get a well paying trucking job after they leave the military.