2003-02-01 / Community

Weiner Gets Seat On Transportation Committee

Weiner Gets Seat On Transportation Committee

Congressman Anthony Weiner has been named to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  The move comes with Congress poised to consider re-authorization of two, multi-billion dollar transportation bills: the Transportation Efficiency Act (TEA - 3), and the Aviation Investment Reform for the 21st Century Act (AIR- 21). 

Every year, the Federal government spends billions of dollars on air, ground, and water transportation projects.  The Members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee set authorization levels for these projects.

This year, for the first time in five years, two of the biggest and most important transportation bills are up for re-authorization: TEA - 3 and AIR - 21.  TEA - 3 provides funding for all federal roads, bridges, ferries, and tunnels.  AIR - 21 funds our nation's airports, including La Guardia and JFK.

In FY 2003, the Fed spent $28 billion nationwide under TEA, and $3.5 billion under AIR.

"The attacks of September 11 devastated the Lower Manhattan transportation hub, choking NYC's subways and bus services with additional demands, and posing enormous infrastructure challenges for our airports," said Rep. Weiner.  "I will work to address these needs, while preparing for the next generation of funding for mass transit in Queens and Brooklyn, especially ferries."

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