On March 6, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing exploring federal revenue options to address and improve America’s infrastructure. The hearing featured testimony from U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.). Chairman DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves both highlighted several federal funding mechanisms that could be used to pay for a comprehensive infrastructure package, including several county priorities, such as increases in federal fuel taxes and continued efforts to reduce federal regulatory barriers in order to speed-up construction projects at the local level.

In his opening remarks, Chairman DeFazio emphasized the significant role the Ways and Means Committee plays in passing a comprehensive infrastructure bill, as well as the need for the federal