The issue of Transportation is important to our district and to my work in Congress.
A globally competitive economy requires a transportation system that efficiently moves goods and services from one part of the country to the other. The Interstate Highway System plays a major role in promoting economic growth. The federal government played a vital role in the creation of the Interstate Highway System. However, now the system is built out, and the states should assume responsibility for maintaining and expanding their portions of the Interstate Highway System.
I support two bills that would give states more control over funding their portions of the Interstate System:
- H.R. 1737 (sponsored by Rep. Garrett) would reduce federal gas tax in states penny for penny (but not below two cents) for increase in state gas tax.
- H.R. 1585 (sponsored by Rep. Lankford) would allow states to keep federal gas tax revenues attributed to users in the respective states that would normally be appropriated to the Highway Trust Fund
While the federal government still has a compelling interest in making sure certain standards are maintained on the Interstate Highway System, the states are better suited to maintain and expand the system.