Transportation and Infrastructure
One of the most valuable assets of our nation is the extensive transportation network we possess. A robust and efficient infrastructure is critical to growing the economy, driving down unemployment, and putting our country on track towards a balanced budget.
The Constitution makes it clear that one of the primary goals of the federal government is to establish roads and highways in order to facilitate commerce between the states. With this in mind, I plan on working hard in Congress to ensure we have a modern transportation network which meets the needs of western North Carolina and our country as a whole.
That is why I am honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. This committee has jurisdiction over nearly every facet of roads, highways, railroads, waterways, and airports. It is of the utmost importance that we are developing policies for our transportation network that reflect modern-day needs. Moreover, the federal government must ensure we are implementing commonsense conservative regulatory policies that do not burden private-sector businesses dependent on an efficient infrastructure.
North Carolina’s 11th District, which I represent, is a regional hub connecting the South with the Mid-Atlantic. Between multiple major interstates, along with a significant railroad presence, the importance of the 11th District to our nationwide transportation network cannot be understated.
I look forward to working in Congress over the next 2 years, with both Republicans and Democrats, to develop and implement necessary reforms and policies allowing our infrastructure to grow and thrive well into the future.
More on Transportation and Infrastructure
The multi-billion-dollar program intended to revolutionize air travel in the United States is “stalled,” “broken” and not going to materialize “any time soon,” three frustrated members of Congress said at a hearing Tuesday.
We all celebrated the news a couple of weeks ago regarding the $14.6 million Tiger Grant given to Asheville by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. Let’s take this opportunity to thank all of those whose determination and dedication made this possible.
We first want to thank former Mayor Terry Bellamy for creating the River Arts District Transportation Project Committee and appointing Stephanie Pankiewicz as chair. The creation of this committee was the first step in securing the funding to revitalize the River Arts District.
ASHEVILLE – Gov. Pat McCrory referenced two timelines to celebrate Wednesday's history-making GE Aviation plant grand opening.
"Can you imagine Wilbur and Orville Wright being here right now?" McCrory asked the roughly 300 people gathered in the factory's parking lot. The brothers were the first people to sustain a heavier-than-air flight on Dec. 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk.
The governor and other dignitaries who spoke during the ceremony predicted that Oct. 15, 2014, also would be remembered as a date that transformed human flight.
Efforts to convert the long-closed state jail in Hazelwood into transitional housing and a soup kitchen is one that has traveled all the way to Washington, D.C.
That's where Congressman Mark Meadows said he first heard about the project and decided he wanted to come see it for himself.
"Bad news travels quickly, but good news travels much slower. As it kept growing and growing I said, 'I've got to go and visit this place,'" he said during a tour of the old prison led by Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher on Friday.
President Obama has signed a bill naming the U.S. Forest Service Station in Nebo for fallen Officer Jason Crisp, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows said.
Meadows, R-Glenville, introduced the legislation in April.
Crisp, of Marion, a U.S. Forest Service officer, was shot and killed in March by a murder suspect. The suspect also killed Crisp's K-9, Maros.
He was a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, sister, and two brothers.
Obama signed the bill on Aug. 8.
The spirit of U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp could be felt in the air Friday morning, as the Burke County Sherriff’s Office held a Memorial Service for Crisp and his K-9, Maros, at the Burke County Courthouse.
His family members, friends and several law enforcement officers and emergency personnel paid their respects and paused to salute the fallen officer and remember the generous, kindhearted and hardworking person he was.
Swain County is one step closer to getting $4 million in “Road to Nowhere” funds after a bill introduced by U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., advanced through the House Committee on Natural Resources last week. Though the bill, H.R. 3806, is not yet on the House calendar, Meadows’ office expects it to come to a vote sometime this week.
You can draw two lessons draw from Tuesday’s 367-55 House vote to authorize and fund transportation programs through May 2015.
One is that building off-ramps and overpasses is popular in an overwhelmingly bipartisan way, even if Congress can only manage to authorize and fund infrastructure in increments, in this case 10 months.
Asheville, NC – The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority has been awarded a $6.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation for use towards its upcoming airfield redevelopment project.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will distribute the funding, which will be used for the first phase of a four-year project that will result in the construction of a new runway and a west-side taxiway.
ASHEVILLE - The Asheville Regional Airport will get $6.5 million from the federal government to help pay for a new runway and west-side taxiway, according to U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows.
The Glenville Republican announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday. Meadows serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation.