This week in transportation: Lawmakers eye Sandy impact

Among the witnesses scheduled to testify at the House's hearing is Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate and Michael Walsh, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General of Civil and Emergency Operations. 

The GOP-led House panel will also hear from officials from Gulf Coast states like Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana that have dealt with other large storms. 

Earlier in the week, the Senate Transportation Committee will consider on Tuesday a pair of President Obama's nominees to sit on the Amtrak Board of Directors as a part of a large package of appointment reviews. 

Elsewhere, the House Transportation Committee will hold a hearing Thursday to review "mistakes made and lessons learned" from previous high-speed rail plans. The president offered $8 billion from the 2009 economic stimulus package to states to build high-speed railways, but Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin memorably turned down the money. 

The hearing is part of a series of GOP-led sessions that have been sharply critical of Amtrak, which has its own proposal for 220-mile-per-hour high-speed rail lines by the year 2040.