By Keith Laing - 03/22/11 02:30 PM EDT
Two Republican members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will visit an upstate New York airport this week to get feedback on the transportation bill pending in Congress.
Reps. John Mica (Fla.), the committee chairman, and Tom Reed, (N.Y.) will hold a listening session at the Rochester, N.Y., International Airport. The meeting had been scheduled for February but was postponed.
Reed hailed it as an opportunity to hear directly about transportation from the people most involved in the industry.
“Our federal government is operating in a debt-driven crisis, and I look forward to learning how we can increase efficiencies and expand private public partnerships to meet our transportation challenges," he said in a statement.
Congress is the middle of negotiations about a long-term version of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The measure, which is the major transportation bill this year, has been extended through September while a longer deal is negotiated.
The Obama administration has proposed a $556 billion plan over six years, which would be a 62 percent increase over current transportation spending. However, Republicans have made clear they are unlikely to support the proposal.
Mica on Friday will also visit Pennsylvania with Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.).