Introduction of American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act
ALEXANDRIA, VA (Jan. 31, 2012) — The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) commends the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its chairman, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), for its commitment toward: a five-year reauthorization of federal surface transportation legislation; a freight mobility subtitle; a waterborne transportation title that seeks to fully use the federal Harbor Maintenance Tax for its intended purpose; program consolidation; streamlining project delivery; and to the aggressive timetable it has developed to secure passage of a final bill. “The bill introduced today, H.R. 7 – American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act – is a testament to Chairman Mica’s leadership and vision that improved transportation infrastructure, including in and connecting to seaports, is critical to our nation’s economy, employment gains and international competitiveness, and must be addressed when determining core federal priorities and investments,” said AAPA President Kurt Nagle.
“AAPA looks forward to working with Congress on timely passage of a final bill that includes strong maritime and freight provisions,” he added.
On Feb. 1, the port industry will be providing testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee on maritime tax provisions to be included in the surface transportation bill.