Funding Transportation & Infrastructure
Infrastructure is the foundation that connects our nation’s businesses, communities and people. Our nation’s public infrastructure system not only ensures the continuous transportation of people, goods, and services, but it also protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public. However, the infrastructure systems we rely on today are failing to keep pace with current and expanding needs. Simultaneously, investment in infrastructure is faltering. Given the tight fiscal constraints facing the nation today, it is necessary that we begin looking for new and collaborative ways to meet our need for improved and updated infrastructure.
Supporting the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST)
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 27% of Hawaiʻi’s major roads are in poor condition, costing local drivers $483 million per year. At the end of 2015, Congress came together to pass the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a bill Tulsi strongly supported. The FAST Act reauthorized critical funding for highway, bridge, transportation safety, and public transit projects in the U.S. through 2020, including more than $1.3 billion in federal transportation funds for Hawaiʻi. We must build on this progress by ensuring our federal government continues to make much-needed investments in infrastructure in our communities across the country.
Helping Keep Air Travel Affordable
As an island state, we are uniquely reliant on air travel. Air transportation is an essential lifeline for people in Hawaiʻi looking to find a job, start a small business, see a doctor, visit family and friends, and so much more. Tulsi has continued to fight to keep air travel taxes and fees as low as possible for people in Hawaiʻi and introduced the Passenger Fee Restructuring Exemptions Act (H.R.1074) at the start of the 114th Congress. This bill would limit the passenger security fee for Hawaiʻi, Alaska, and rural populations that rely on air travel.
More on Funding Transportation & Infrastructure
Maui Now, March 30, 2017
A bill seeking to exempt Hawaiʻi, Alaska, and communities that rely on essential air services from increases in TSA air travel fees was introduced today by Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), and Don Young (AK-AL).
Currently, the Passenger Fee Restructuring Exemptions Act recognizes the reliance on air travel that residents of Hawaiʻi and Alaska face and lowered the states’ TSA fee to $2.50 for interstate direct flights.
Washington, DC—Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), and Don Young (AK-AL) introduced bipartisan legislation today to exempt Hawaiʻi, Alaska, and communities that rely on essential air service as subsidized by the U.S. Department of Transportation, from increases in TSA air travel fees.
Honolulu, HI—This morning on Kauaʻi, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) continued her focus on criminal justice reform by touring the Kauaʻi Community Correctional Facility.
Thousands of U.S. veterans descended on Cannon Ball, North Dakota this weekend, determined to defend protesters opposing the construction of the final leg of the Dakota Access pipeline. Among them was U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard. The Congresswoman landed in Bismarck at 10 p.m. on Friday night, ready to help resist if the North Dakota National Guard was in fact, as rumored, deployed to clear out the camp.