Marino Backs Landmark Transportation Bill
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) joined a bipartisan group of House and Senate Members today in signing the conference report on a five-year surface transportation and infrastructure reauthorization bill. The legislation is a result of both chambers of Congress convening to reconcile differences in each chamber’s respectively passed proposal.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement shortly after signing the conference report:
“This is a critically important win for the American people. The inclusion of important fixes to the federal permitting process is a signal that Congress is serious about getting people back to work. This package is a testament to the seriousness my colleagues in the House and Senate have shown in finding solutions to problems that have held back job creation and economic activity for too long. I am grateful to join my colleagues in passing this historic legislation and hope this kind of action will become more commonplace in Congress.”
Marino’s federal permitting reforms have been a central component to his work in Congress for the past two terms. Known as the RAPID Act, those reforms took root in today’s conference report. The RAPID Act’s aim was simple: to improve environmental reviews and speed up the federal project approval process. The legislation passed in the House of Representatives on three separate occasions as a stand-alone bill. Today, its vital components are intact within the conference report.
On November 17, 2015, Speaker Paul D. Ryan named Congressman Marino to serve on the conference committee. Pennsylvania was well-represented on this important committee as Speaker Ryan also named Marino’s colleagues Mr. Barletta, Mr. Shuster, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Perry also served on the committee.