The House chose Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., to head the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, starting in January, after the current chair, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., dropped his waiver bid to hold onto the gavel.
Shuster said he will consider raising the fuel tax and charging highway users by how far they drive as ways to increase the sagging Highway Trust Fund, according to Bloomberg. Unless funding increases or highway construction declines, the gap between federal revenue and planned spending will expand to about $147 billion by 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Shuster also appointed senior staff for the committee, and will continue to add staff to the team throughout December.
“I am pleased that these experienced and knowledgeable professionals have agreed to help me run the committee next year, “ Shuster said. "Their expertise will aid the committee in pursuing an aggressive agenda focused on strengthening America’s transportation networks to make us more efficient, more competitive, and more prosperous.”
Shuster has served on the committee since coming to Congress in 2001. He previously served as chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazard Materials, and as chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.