Provided by Congressman Rob Wittman’s Office
Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlining his transportation policy priorities for the 116thCongress. He will be focused on long-term funding solutions for the Highway Trust Fund, streamlining federal processes that pertain to infrastructure, expanding opportunities for public-private partnerships, and increasing access to broadband for unserved populations.
“Dating back to the early days of our great nation, infrastructure has always been the lynchpin of our country’s economic success, linking the flow of commerce through our oceans, inland waterways, roads, bridges, and airways. A safe and efficient infrastructure system is vital to the ongoing economic security of the United States. Once the envy of the world, America’s infrastructure is now crumbling,” Congressman Wittman wrote in the letter.
There are major transportation issues in the First District and surrounding areas. Northern Virginia is home to the worst traffic “hot spot” in the nation, a strained public transit system including the struggling Metro and other passenger rail, and an ever-growing population of air travelers at Reagan National (DCA) and Dulles International (IAD) Airports. Additionally, the Port of Virginia—perhaps one of the most economically vital ports in the U.S.—faces the need to widen and deepen its channel as it welcomes the largest container ships to call on the east coast.
“As a commuter myself, I know how issues with our infrastructure and transportation system touch everyone’s lives,” Rep. Wittman said. “As we start to have discussions about a broad infrastructure package, I will continue to advocate for the issues that affect my constituents in the First District.”
Congressman Wittman continues to be a leader on solving transportation issues in the First District and Virginia. He created a Rural Broadband Task Force, which brings together federal, state and local officials, along with industry stakeholders, to discuss ways of improving speeds and expanding internet access in rural areas. He has written letters to the administration emphasizing rural transportation projects such as the Norris Bridge – a local community centerpiece in Virginia – and held a roundtable with local stakeholders to find innovative solutions to fix this bridge. Congressman Wittman has also worked with the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers to fix a local Aids to Navigation issue, as well as with localities to address important shallow draft navigation projects in the First District. In an effort to help alleviate I-95 congestion issues, he hosted a bicameral, bipartisan roundtable of U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, and members of the local chamber of commerce because he knows that this will not be solved by one voice.
“As consensus grows for the need to address our nation’s infrastructure system, I stand ready to work alongside my colleagues in Congress to ensure our nation’s infrastructure is the envy of the world once again. I urge you to work alongside Republicans to ensure Americans have the innovative and efficient transportation system they deserve,” he concluded in the letter.
The full text of the letter can be found here.