Thursday, November 04, 2010

Floridian in line to lead transportation lawmaking

Rep. Mica visits a Coast Guard cutter on Monday
As ranking Republican on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Mica of Florida's 7th District is expected to take over from Rep. Jim Oberstar as the key actor in transportation appropriations. Mica hasn't joined the Congressional Bike Caucus (it's never too late!), but he did tell Bike Portland during the National Bike Summit last spring that he "quietly" supports bicycling. Here's a statement from Mica at the committee's website.  We note that he's for speeding up the infrastructure grant process -- something we believe would help put Transportation Enhancement funds to work in Florida so it won't be as subject to periodic recission as it has been.

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