House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) announced that he’s stepping down at the end of his term. Shuster has long been an advocate for the aggregates industry and transportation issues.
Since he is term-limited out of the committee’s chairmanship after three terms, many insiders had speculated that this would be Shuster’s last year in Congress.
Shuster said he planned to devote his final year to pushing for an infrastructure bill, an initiative both parties have said is long overdue but which has yet to gain momentum because of Congress’ failure to identify politically viable funding options.
“Rather than focusing on a reelection campaign, I thought it wiser to spend my last year as Chairman focusing 100 percent on working with President Trump and my Republican and Democratic colleagues in both Chambers to pass a much-needed infrastructure bill to rebuild America,” Shuster said in a statement.
Other key transportation advocates stepping down in 2018 include Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Vice Chairman John Duncan of Tennessee and committee member Blake Farenthold of Texas.
Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) have indicated an interest in the House Transportation Committee chairmanship if the Republicans maintain control of the House.