|Sponsor||Rep. Oberstar, James L.|
|Committee||Transportation and Infrastructure|
|Date||May 5, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.Res. 313 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN) on April 1, 2009.
H.Res. 367 resolves that the House of Representatives:
Ø "Recognizes the contribution trains make to the national transportation system;
Ø "Urges the people of the United States to recognize such a day as an opportunity to learn more about trains; and
Ø "Supports the goals and ideals of National Train Day as designated by Amtrak."
The resolution includes findings that state that "Amtrak trains and infrastructure carry commuters to and from work in congested metropolitan areas providing a reliable rail option, reducing congestion on roads and in the skies."
According to the resolution's findings, public works infrastructure, facilities, and services have extensive effects on the American economy and its competitiveness in the global marketplace. Many professionals, including engineers and administrators representing State and local governments, are dedicated to public works. The Corps of Engineers also plays a vital role in public works by constructing and operating locks, dams, levees, and reservoirs.