Just days after being named chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Bill Shuster is looking ahead to the start of the next congressional term. Shuster says he can’t rule out raising gas taxes as part of a deal to reduce the federal deficit.
Shuster says he can’t rule anything out and he’ll look at any options that could help reduce the nation’s deficit. Shuster was named chairman of that committee on Wednesday. In the next congressional term, he’ll be the highest ranking committee chairman out of Pennsylvania. Shuster’s father, former Congressman Bud Shuster, served as chairman of the committee for six years, from 1995 to 2001.
Some big issues could come before the committee in the next two years, including issues involving gas and oil pipelines and modernizing the nation’s highway system. On that point, Shuster is pointing to his own district, and work done on the Interstate 99 corridor as examples of how good roads can spark economic growth.