A top target for Democrats in 2020, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., announced his subcommittee assignments as he took his seat on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) last week.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in these subcommittees to ensure our country possesses the necessary infrastructure to meet the demands of the 21st century,” said Spano. “We must work in a bipartisan manner to find real, common sense solutions for our nations’ most pressing infrastructure challenges.”
Spano will serve on the Aviation, the Highways and Transit and the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittees.
The freshman Republican is following President Donald Trump’s call for bipartisan efforts on infrastructure, a point that has been echoed by U.S. Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri, the top Republican on the committee.
“It’s pretty rare that the stars align like this on any issue in Washington, but the president indicated in his State of the Union address that he wants to get something done for our infrastructure, Republicans and Democrats in Congress want to get something done, and the American people want us to get something done,” Graves said. “I’m confident we can get the job done, and I look forward to working with Chairman DeFazio and all our committee members to do so.”
Last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, who leads Republicans on the Small Business Committee, tapped Spano to lead Republicans on its Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations.
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