Delegation on Federal Transportation Legislation

Left to right: Representative Vance Smith, Georgia; Senator Jim Keane, Montana; David Matsuda, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation; Deputy House Speaker Bob Godfrey, Connecticut; Representative Alice Hausman, Minnesota; Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, Tennessee

June 23-24, 2009 | Washington, D.C.
SLC Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Federal Transportation Legislation

SLC Vice Chair Senator Mark Norris, Tennessee, and Representative Vance Smith Jr., Georgia, Chair of the SLC’s Economic Development, Transportation and Cultural Affairs Committee, were in Washington, D.C. on June 23 and 24, 2009, meeting with members of Congress, senior Congressional and U.S. Department of Transportation staff regarding the reauthorization of the federal transportation legislation set to expire on September 30, 2009.* SLC staff initially began working on this visit to Washington with The Council of State Governments’ (CSG) D.C. office staff and the delegation was then expanded to include legislators from the three other CSG regions. The national composition of the CSG delegation helped reinforce the critical importance of the upcoming legislation to state policymakers in every part of the country though each CSG region had its own priorities that were highlighted in the discussions.

In addition to the meetings with the officials listed previously, the legislators were also provided briefings on the upcoming federal transportation reauthorization by Mr. Emil Frankel, Director of Transportation, Bipartisan Policy Center (former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation and former Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation) and Mr. Jack Basso, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Management and Business Development, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Mr. Basso has previously served in a variety of federal administration positions, including as Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Assistant Director for General Management of the Office of Management and Budget, and Director of Fiscal Services for the Federal Highway Administration.

* On June 25, 2009, Chairman Smith resigned his legislative seat and became the new Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation