clear
Wednesday July 18th, 2018 2:19PM

GOP Rep. Shuster, transportation panel chairman, to retire

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster, the powerful Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced Tuesday that he won't run for re-election.

Shuster said he wants to focus his time and energy on working with President Donald Trump on legislation to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to build roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Although he was barred by GOP rules from seeking another term as transportation committee chairman, Shuster had publicly hinted that he would be staying in Congress and had noted that he is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee.

His rural Pennsylvania district is reliably Republican, but Shuster only barely beat back a GOP primary challenge in 2016 from tea party candidate Art Halvorson, who is mulling another run. Shuster's father, Bud, had held the seat — and also chaired the transportation panel — prior to retiring in 2001.

As transportation committee chairman, Shuster is positioned to play a major role in the drafting of legislation to implement Trump's infrastructure plan. He met last month with Trump at the White House. The administration expects to release a detailed set of infrastructure principles in the new few weeks.

Shuster said in Tuesday's statement that he'll spend his final year in office "focusing 100 percent on working with President Trump and my Republican and Democratic colleagues in both chambers to pass a much needed infrastructure bill to rebuild America."

His top legislative priority has been removing air traffic control operations from the government and placing them under the authority of a private, non-profit corporation. He has succeeded in winning transportation committee approval for the plan, but that's as far as the proposal has gone.

Shuster helped persuade Trump to back the plan, which is also a top lobbying priority of the airline industry. But the bill faces fierce opposition from other segments of the aviation industry, including private pilots and business aircraft operators, and is almost universally opposed by Democrats. Short the votes necessary for passage, GOP leaders have been unwilling to bring the measure to the House floor for a vote.

"As we look to the legislative agenda this year and work with President Trump to upgrade our nation's infrastructure and improve the lives of the American people, I know that Bill will continue to be an important leader," said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

In 2015, Shuster acknowledged a "private and personal relationship" with Shelley Rubino, a vice president with the trade association Airlines for America who lobbies the transportation committee. Shuster has repeatedly introduced bills and backed proposals sought by the airline industry.

Besides air traffic control privatization, he also introduced legislation that would have rolled back an Obama administration regulation requiring airlines to display the full cost of an airfare inclusive of taxes and fees rather than a posting a base rate and adding in taxes and fees later. The bill went nowhere in the Senate.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General House Election News, AP Business, AP Business - Corporate News
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
GOP Rep. Shuster, transportation panel chairman, to retire
Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster, the powerful GOP chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, says he won't run for re-election
3:27PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Investigators seek cause of deadly bus crash in Utah desert
Investigators were combing through a mangled Greyhound bus to determine what caused it to careen from a road in the Utah desert on New Year's Eve, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring 12 other people
3:26PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Iran protests: Supreme leader blames 'enemies' for meddling
Iran's supreme leader blames six days of protests in the country on "enemies of Iran," and state TV reports that the latest clashes between protesters and security forces killed another nine people
3:24PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Trump sounds open to Korea dialogue, says Kim feels pressure
President Donald Trump sounded open Tuesday to the possibility of an inter-Korean dialogue after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a rare overture toward South Korea in a New Year's address
2:39PM ( 57 minutes ago )
Utah Sen. Hatch says he is retiring after 7 terms
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah says he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the U.S. Senate
2:36PM ( 59 minutes ago )
Hatch announces he will not seek re-election
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah says he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the U.S. Senate
2:21PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
New Israeli law would make it harder to divide Jerusalem
Israel's parliament has passed a law requiring a supermajority to relinquish control over any part of Jerusalem, a move that could hamstring the city's division in any future peace deal
10:03AM ( 5 hours ago )
Trump accuses DOJ of being part of 'deep state'
President Donald Trump pressed familiar arguments against his Justice Department on Tuesday, accusing it of being part of the "deep state" and urging prosecution against a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others.
9:50AM ( 5 hours ago )
Trump says Iran people acting against 'brutal' regime
President Donald Trump says the people of Iran are "finally acting against the brutal and corrupt" government. Trump tweeted Tuesday that the Iranian people have "little food, big inflation and no human rights."
8:10AM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
The Latest: US says sanctions possible over Iran protests
The Trump administration is raising the possibility it could impose more sanctions on Iran to punish it for cracking down on protesters
2:50PM ( 46 minutes ago )
The Latest: Iran blames violence on exiled MEK group
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says an exiled opposition group is inciting violence in Iran, where anti-government protests have been held in a number of cities in recent days.
2:35PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: US calls for urgent UN meetings on Iran
The United States is calling for the U.N. Security Council and Human Rights Council to hold emergency meetings on Iran as it is roiled by protests
2:31PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Elections
General House Election News
NBC names Hoda Kotb as Lauer replacement on 'Today'
NBC News says Hoda Kotb will replace Matt Lauer as co-anchor with Savannah Guthrie of the first two hours of the 'Today' show
2:24PM ( 1 hour ago )
US stocks start 2018 with gains as technology leads again
After strong gains in 2017, stocks get off to a positive start as technology companies and retailers rise in the first day of trading in the new year
2:01PM ( 1 hour ago )
California starts recreational pot sales, clients jam stores
The Golden state of California is now a shade greener with its first sales of recreational marijuana
1:48PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Leader of NYC Ballet retiring amid misconduct investigation
The longtime leader of the New York City Ballet is retiring in the midst of an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct by him; Peter Martins tells board members he continues to deny sexually harassing or abusing members of the company
12:45AM ( 14 hours ago )
Gretchen Carlson named chair of Miss America organization
Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson has been named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization's board of directors
5:24PM ( 22 hours ago )
AP Business - Corporate News
Investigators seek cause of deadly bus crash in Utah desert
Investigators were combing through a mangled Greyhound bus to determine what caused it to careen from a road in the Utah desert on New Year's Eve, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring 12 other people
3:26PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Iran protests: Supreme leader blames 'enemies' for meddling
Iran's supreme leader blames six days of protests in the country on "enemies of Iran," and state TV reports that the latest clashes between protesters and security forces killed another nine people
3:24PM ( 12 minutes ago )
The Latest: White House says Trump is sad Hatch is retiring
The White House says President Donald Trump is "very sad" that Utah Republican Orrin Hatch has decided to leave the Senate rather than run for re-election this year
3:14PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Top US commander wants more aggressive Afghan push this year
As the war in Afghanistan enters its 17th year, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East wants to see a more aggressive Afghan military increase its pressure on the Taliban and other insurgents over the winter and go on the offensive quickly next spring
3:11PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Utah's Hatch to retire, opening door to possible Romney run
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah says he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the U.S. Senate
3:10PM ( 26 minutes ago )