The United States transportation and infrastructure system is vital to the success and growth of the American economy. From roads and bridges to railways, runways, and waterways -- our interconnected system impacts the nation's safety, security, sustainability and productivity.
Join National Journal and correspondent Fawn Johnson for an in-depth conversation with Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, as he discusses the policies and programs that are up for debate, and the proposed solutions to keep America moving.
Fawn Johnson is a correspondent for National Journal, covering a range of issues including immigration, transportation and education. Ms. Johnson is a long-time student of Washington policymaking, previously reporting for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal, where she covered financial regulation and telecommunications. She is an alumnus of CongressDaily, where she covered health care, labor and immigration. Ms. Johnson first covered Congress at BNA Inc., where she covered labor, welfare, immigration and asbestos liability. She has an M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Bates College.
Congressman Bill Shuster represents the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. He is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and has served on the committee since coming to Congress in 2001.
Shuster previously served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. Shuster also serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
Prior to coming to Congress, Shuster worked on his family's farm in Bedford County, gained valuable marketing and management experience with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Corporation as well as with Bandag Incorporated where he served as District Manager. He is also an experienced small business owner, having owned and operated an automobile dealership, in East Freedom, Pennsylvania.
Shuster was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on January 10, 1961. After graduating from Everett High School he attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. Shortly thereafter he went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from American University in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Bill Shuster, chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, outlines how sequestration cuts will affect the Federal Aviation Administration's budget and close airport traffic control towers.