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Shuster Returning as House Transportation Chairman

December 06, 2016, by David Cullen - Also by this author

Rep. Bill Shuster Photo: Evan Lockridge
Rep. Bill Shuster Photo: Evan Lockridge

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been selected by the House Republican Conference to again serve as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He will wield the gavel during the 115th Congress, which will run from January 2017 through the end of 2018.

The committee handles legislation affecting all modes of transportation and is also tasked with oversight of the Department of Transportation. Shuster has chaired the committee since 2014.

“It is an honor to be selected again by my colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the next Congress,” Shuster said in a statement.

He noted that by “working across the aisle” the committee was able to pass such key legislation as the most recent highway bill, the FAST Act, as well as other infrastructure-related measures.

“We have a unique opportunity to accomplish a great deal for the American people with a president-elect who is focused on improving the nation’s infrastructure,” Shuster added. “I look forward to working with my colleagues and the new administration to strengthen America’s competitiveness and provide the country with a 21st century infrastructure.”

Shuster was elected to his ninth term after decisively beating his Tea Party-backed opponent, who had narrowly lost the Republican primary but then garnered enough write-in votes to run as a Democrat.

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  1. 1. Mr Truck [ December 06, 2016 @ 10:20AM ]

    Great, the guy sleeping with the airline lobbyist gets to stay on in the post that legislates the airline (and trucking) industries. Of course, he said that this didn't amount to a conflict of interest and we all know DC folks never lie, so I'm sure it's all good!

  2. 2. Mr Truck [ December 06, 2016 @ 12:43PM ]

    (From Politico)

    On Feb. 10, Nick Calio, head of the nation’s top airline trade group, Airlines for America, testified before Rep. Bill Shuster’s House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The topic was a top priority for both men: A bill to overhaul the Federal Aviation Administration, most controversially by putting air traffic control in the hands of an entity favorable to the airlines.

    Two days later, Shuster’s committee approved the measure. And the week after that, he and Calio escaped to Miami Beach, Florida, with Shelley Rubino, an Airlines for America vice president who is Shuster’s girlfriend…

    …Several lobbyists on the fundraising trip were taken aback by the closeness displayed by Shuster, Calio and Rubino as they mingled at the Shelbourne Wyndham Grand hotel on posh Collins Avenue in South Beach. These sources requested anonymity, not wanting to antagonize a powerful committee chairman and the largest airline lobby.

    Multiple attendees said the trio spent much of the trip together, hanging out poolside on deck chairs in front of a cabana that was rented for the weekend fundraiser. The three also took a private shuttle organized by Calio with others to a dinner Saturday night at Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market, a well-known Cuban restaurant in Miami, the sources said.


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