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Transportation and Housing and Urban Development

by United States Congress Senate

About this title: Original publisher: Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2009. LC Number: KF26 .A6597 2008d OCLC Number: (OCoLC)368153261 Subject: United States -- Appropriations and expenditures, 2009. Excerpt: ... 11 STATEMENT OF HON MARY E PETERS.. ETERS Secretary P. Madam Chairman, thank you very much. I know that Senator Specter has to leave. My apologies that we have not been responsive; we will ensure that we respond right away, sir. I am aware that there is a hearing scheduled in Philadelphia for April 7, on the Philadelphia air routings. Chairman Murray, members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the administra-tion's fiscal year 2009 budget request for the U.S. Department of Transportation. President Bush is requesting $ 68.2 billion for America's transpor-tation network in the next fiscal year, including funding for the De-partment's mandatory programs. We are working with the President to hold the line on spending, while giving travelers and taxpayers the best possible value for their transportation dollars by transforming the way our transpor-tation system works and is funded. Our focus is on real transportation solutions that make travel safer, improve the performance of our transportation systems so that they operate more efficiently and serve us better, and apply technologies and contemporary approaches to today's transpor-tation challenges. For the first time since the creation of the interstate highway system, we have an incredible opportunity to come together and completely reassess our approach to financing and managing the surface transportation systems. Because gas and diesel taxes are levied regardless of when, where or how someone drives, a misperception has been created that the highways are free. As with any scarce resource that is perceived to be free, demand will chronically exceed supply. In the case of highways, the peak demand is serious and it's growing worse in every medium or large city in the United St...

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