By Keith Laing - 02/12/13 08:55 PM EST
Shuster is likely to use his remarks to buttress a pitch to conservative members of his Republican Party he has foreshadowed about the necessity of spending federal money on transportation.
“Transportation and infrastructure have long been recognized as federal responsibilities shared with the states," Shuster said in a statement announcing the hearing last week.
"Understanding the federal role in financing, building and maintaining an efficient system of infrastructure is critical to ensuring U.S. economic growth and global competitiveness," he continued.
The transportation committee's hearing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday.