Esty Named to Leadership Position on House Transportation Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today was elected by her Democratic colleagues to the position of Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Esty joins Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Vice Chairman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) as a member of the committee’s leadership.
“I’m incredibly honored by the opportunity to serve in this new role,” Esty said. “Rebuilding America’s infrastructure is an economic and national-security imperative. Both Democrats and Republicans, including President Trump, have identified our Committee’s work as an area for bipartisan cooperation. I can’t wait to get started on our mission to revitalize transportation systems and promote good-paying jobs in Connecticut and across the country.”
“I was proud to work with my colleagues on the Committee in the last Congress on a bipartisan transportation package that has allowed desperately needed upgrades in Connecticut, like the Waterbury I-84 corridor project, to get off the ground,” Esty added. “Together, in a bipartisan way, we strengthened Buy America requirements, eased federal restrictions for New England dairy farmers, and launched new initiatives to support sustainable fuels. I’m excited to build on that progress to achieve our shared goal of making America’s transit systems the envy of the world.”
“The construction industry and transportation advocates eagerly look forward to working with Congresswoman Esty upon this appointment to a leadership position in the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee,” said Don Shubert, President of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association. “Connecticut’s infrastructure supports everyone in the state – everyday. Congresswoman Esty’s leadership on the T&I Committee gives Connecticut a strong voice as Congress addresses much needed improvements to road, rail, bus and water systems across the nation.”
“Rep. Esty has been an essential member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and her elevation into the leadership of this key committee is good for Connecticut, good for New England and good for American workers,” said Rick Dunne, Executive Director of the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments. “Advocates of infrastructure investment across the country should cheer this endorsement by her colleagues. It looks like there may be common ground for an Infrastructure Agenda between the Congress and the new Administration; having the bipartisan talents of Elizabeth Esty at the table can only benefit our state."
Esty has served on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure since entering Congress in 2013.
In the previous Congress, Esty authored several bipartisan amendments to the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the long-term surface transportation package signed into law by former President Barack Obama. Esty’s amendments included in the final legislation included measures to increase Buy America domestic content requirements, ease federal restrictions on milk transport, establish national sustainable fueling corridors along major highways, and safeguard pollinator habitat on transportation rights-of-way.
In addition, Esty is the founder of the bipartisan Corrosion Prevention Caucus along with Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX). The caucus is dedicated to finding solutions to prevent corrosion in American infrastructure systems.
Esty has also made it a priority to help communities in central and northwest Connecticut access federal resources to launch their own infrastructure projects. In 2014, she secured $14.4 million in federal funding for the Waterbury Active Transportation and Economic Resurgence Project.
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads. The Committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, Brownfields remediation, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation.