As an alternative to the Speaker’s and House Majority’s partisan “My Way or the Highway” bill, T&I Committee Republicans have introduced a commonsense, five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill to allow states and non-federal partners to more efficiently plan, expedite, and undertake important infrastructure projects, provide safer and more efficient movement of goods and people, and address infrastructure needs of communities of all sizes.

H.R. 7248, the Surface Transportation Advanced through Reform, Technology, & Efficient Review (STARTER) Act, was introduced by Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and other Committee Republicans.  The bill focuses on key principles Republicans have advocated for this year:

  • Ensuring state flexibility
  • Streamlining the project delivery process to maximize available funding
  • Prioritizing core programs and functions of our existing federal surface transportation programs
  • Incorporating innovative developments in technology to improve our infrastructure
  • Providing for the infrastructure needs of America’s rural communities
  • Addressing the long-term sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund

    Text of the STARTER Act

    Section-by-section summary

    Ranking Member Graves op-ed on the STARTER Act (The Hill: June 16, 2020)

    Press release on introduction of the STARTER Act

    More information about the House Majority’s “May Way or the Highway” bill and Infrastructure Wish List (H.R. 2)