Gwinnett Daily Post– U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., has been tapped by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan this past week to serve as one of the House of Representatives’ 16 conferees on the surface transportation bill.

The House passed the multi-year Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 on Thursday by a 363-64 vote. After repeated short-term transportation funding approvals, the new act sets guaranteed funding for three years and leaves the window open for funding to be extended for an additional three years.

The Senate has its own version, known as the DRIVE Act. Members of the House and Senate, including Woodall, will now confer on a final version of transportation funding legislation that will go before both chambers for approval.

“The safety of America’s roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure isn’t a partisan issue, rather it is a concern for every Member of Congress irrespective of their politics,” Woodall said in a statement. “Our states, communities, and job-creators need long-term certainty from a government that is effective and accountable to them, and this legislation embodies that principle.

“The big things take time, but with lots of input we have a bill that we can be proud of and a product that devolves much of the decision-making to states, and streamlines the environmental review process by eliminating duplicative regulatory mandates.”

Woodall is a member of the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn. — who was also picked by Ryan to be a conferee — praised the group.

“This is an outstanding, hard-working group of members,” Shuster said in a statement. “I am confident that we will be able to take the strong House bill approved today, resolve any differences we have with the Senate’s position and produce a final measure that improves our nation’s infrastructure and reforms our transportation programs.”

Woodall is the only House member from Georgia picked to serve as a conferee.

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