April 6, 2017. Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, urges the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund the Surface Transportation Board in FY ’18 highlighting the need for IT improvements.

Dear Chairman Cochran, Vice Chairman Leahy, Chairman Collins, and Ranking Member Reed:

This letter provides my views as Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on transportation funding issues for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD Subcommittee). As you know, the Commerce Committee has broad jurisdiction over federal transportation agencies, including the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the National Transportation Safety Board, and most operating administrations of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Given the breadth of transportation funding issues before the THUD Subcommittee, this letter focuses on select priorities following the recent enactment of major transportation authorization legislation.

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