LETTER SENT TO USDOT SEC CHAO FROM CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS WITH DESANTIS, GAETZ, MAST, AND POSEY

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:00am

CONGRESSMEN MARK MEADOWS WITH RON DESANTIS, MATT GAETZ, BRIAN MAST, AND BILL POSEY SENT A LETTER TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO. This letter follows the recent Operations Subcommittee hearing three weeks ago, which raised great concerns about the DOT's "interpretation" of Private Activity Bond allocation and the PABs that were allocated to All Aboard Florida's Brightline passenger rail.

"This interpretation of the statute not only circumvents the intent of Congress when it added the 'qualified highway or surface freight transfer facilities' category to the list of projects eligible for PABs in 2005, but also jeopardizes the credibility of the entire PAB program," Meadows states in the letter.

Meadows asks that the additional information that was requested during the Subcommittee hearing be provided by June 1, 2018 and requests that the DOT suspends the allocation of the AAF PABs until the hearing record is complete and the Subcommittee has reviewed the additional information it expects to receive.

Read the letter here.

Watch the Subcommittee Hearing on April 19 which examined AAF's Brightline passenger rail system PABs here.