Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic steering committee members have made an excellent decision in placing Heath Shuler on the Transportation and Infrastruction Committee.
Anyone who either grew up in North Carolina or has lived here for any time knows that one of our major issues is and always has been roads. Heath Shuler will be in a position to possibly bring us some help. OK, I know this committee deals with so much more than roads, but it was the first thing I thought about when I saw the announcement.
I may be showing that I just don't know how these things work. I don't think I'm talking about pork, because I know some transportation projects are funded with pork. I guess, I'm assuming that when states/cities are looking for federal aide for roads projects, this is the committee that makes the decisions about which project gets their funding. It's encouraging to think that our state might not have to fight so hard to get its fair share.
Now, I'm not thinking Heath will bump NC ahead of another deserving state. I'm just thinking he can keep our projects on the front burning. Heaven knows we need all the help we can get.
Congratulations, Heath. This is a powerful committee. I bet it's more powerful than anything Robin Hayes gets.
The Charlotte Observer has the story.