The annual American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Washington Briefing – being held Feb. 27 through March 1 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington D.C. – will focus on legislative issues related to transportation policy and infrastructure funding; issues that will be directly addressed by some of the nation’s key transportation policymakers at the meeting.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao will deliver the luncheon keynote address on Wednesday, Feb. 27, while Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will deliver the luncheon address on Thursday, Feb. 28.
[Secretary Chao also delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Washington Briefing, noting at the time that country’s infrastructure needs had “ignited a necessary debate throughout the nation and in the Congress on our infrastructure priorities and processes as a country.”]
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will speak during the morning session on Wednesday, Feb. 27, along with Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., ranking member on the T&I Committee.
[A key point made by Rep. DeFazio at during the 2018 Washington Briefing is any additional transportation must flow through existing federal programs “as is” so “we don’t have to go through a one, three, or five-year debate over policy.”]
They’ll be joined by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., the ranking member on the EPW committee.
Many other transportation notables will be speaking at the AASHTO 2019 Washington Briefing, including:
- Brandye Hendrickson, deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration
- Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, USN, Ret., administrator of the Maritime Administration
- Alex Herrgott, executive director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council
- Paul Skoutelas, president and CEO of the American Public Transit Association
- Dave Bauer, president and CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association,
- Matthew Chase, executive director of the National Association of Counties
- Anne Ferro, president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
- Corinne Kisner, executive director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials
- Helena Zyblikewycz, majority staff director for the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Rebecca Higgins, minority senior policy advisor on the Senate’s EPW committee
- Sarah Puro, majority professional staff for the House’s Committee on Appropriations
- Clare Doherty, majority professional staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Jane Williams, acting administrator of the Federal Transit Administration
- Heidi King, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Stephen Gardner, senior executive vice president and chief commercial, marketing, and strategy officer for Amtrak
- Murphie Barrett, minority staff director for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Registration for the 2019 Washington Briefing can be conducted by clicking here.