Former U.S. Representative James Oberstar, a one-time chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee who devoted his lengthy congressional career to modernizing America’s roads, bridges and ports, died yesterday. He was 79.
The Tea Party-backed candidate challenging House transportation leader Bill Shuster has spent months portraying the Pennsylvania Republican as a big spender behind some of Congress’s priciest infrastructure measures.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster used his first hearing to head off fellow Republicans who support paring the U.S. highway program and sending more money to the states.
Airlines have found new allies in their fight against a requirement that they include U.S. taxes and fees in their advertised fares: every member of a congressional panel overseeing the agency that created the rule.