Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA 7) embarked Monday on a whirlwind, seven-cities in five days, tour around the state to discuss and highlight the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and the Water Resources Reform and Development ACT (WRRDA). Woodall is Georgia’s lone member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the committee which helped craft both bills.
President Obama signed the FAST Act into law in December of last year following bipartisan support from a majority of both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. All of Georgia’s representatives voted for the bill except Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA 10) and Senator David Perdue. The Act was opposed by some because of the unrelated provisions that ended up being included, such as the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank and new crop insurance. The law is the first federal law in more than a decade to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment. The bill authorized $305 billion over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for a variety of surface road projects, including highways, public transportation, rail and technology and statistics programs. Safety is also a major component of the Act, specifically in regards to motor vehicles, motor carriers and hazardous materials.
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