One of the inherent roles of government is to provide for a safe and suitable infrastructure to allow our nation access to transportation and fully connect our national economy. In addition to providing for the national defense, I believe the single greatest service we can provide our citizens is the necessary infrastructure to enable the United States to remain the economic engine that drives the world’s economy.
I have steadily worked as the former Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to pass highway bills which have been historic for the nation and victories for Oklahoma. These bills have used our resources in a fiscally responsible manner and eliminated federal red tape to allow for more state and local control and for new construction and modernization of our nation's crumbling bridges, roads, and infrastructure.
The passage of the 2005 and 2012 highway bills have been especially historic for Oklahoma. For the first time, Oklahoma does not contribute more in taxes than it receives in interstate road funding. Legislation such as the highway bills, the Water Resources Development Act and the reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration have provided needed reforms and built infrastructure in Oklahoma and throughout the country.
Additionally, as an active aviator for over forty years, I have first-hand experience as to how important our aviation infrastructure is for continued economic growth in Oklahoma. I am committed to helping the general and commercial aviation industries in my state. I will also work to make sure that our existing commercial airports get the resources they need to fulfill increased security requirements.