Gibbs Introduces the First Maritime Title of the Transportation Reauthorization Proposal

July 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, Congressman Bob Gibbs has worked diligently to ease the regulatory burden and reduce the size of the federal government in order to grow our economy.  He has passed legislation to eliminate costly, duplicative red tape requirements and has held numerous hearings to find ways to streamline and reforms federal programs. 

“My Subcommittee has spent a great deal of time focusing on how to cut through government red tape and rein in Washington’s spending addiction to create a better environment for jobs,” said Chairman Gibbs.  “As a result, for the first time the Transportation Reauthorization Proposal will include a Maritime Title incorporating significant program and policy reforms for water transportation.  These critical reforms will allow for the seamless flow of maritime commerce and provide a sound basis for economic growth.

“This legislation will improve our nation’s harbors, stop the double taxation of domestic shippers, and streamline the permitting process for projects.  All of these steps are geared toward making it easier for business to grow and create good jobs for Ohioans and all Americans.”

Some key points within the Maritime Title include:

  • Making sure funds in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund are spent for their intended purpose, and are not taken for pet projects or other non-harbor maintenance purposes. 
  • Eliminating the double taxation of short-sea shippers, encouraging development of our domestic shipping industry
  • Streamline the permitting process for various types of maritime and other transportation projects
  • Eliminating duplicative and unnecessary studies from the water resources project development 

“This language will help to create an environment for our innovators and entrepreneurs to grow our economy and create jobs.  The current status of our harbors, ports and waterways will not allow for extensive increases in our country’s exports, and this language is a good first step toward that goal.”