Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today delivered the following remarks on the House floor in support of H.J.Res. 92, dealing with the Washington-area transit system.  H.J. Res 92 passed the House by a vote of 402-0.

Chairman Goodlatte: House Joint Resolution 92, introduced by my Virginia colleague, Rep. Comstock, concerns the Washington-area transit system.  The resolution makes needed administrative amendments to the long-standing Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact.

These amendments are required under Section 3026 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.  That section transferred from the Administrator of General Services to the Secretary of Transportation sole authority to appoint federal directors to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) board of directors.  It further required Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia to adopt any necessary conforming amendments to the Washington Area Transit Regulation Compact.

The jurisdictions adopted the needed amendments, as required.  House Joint Resolution 92 accordingly grants Congress’ approval to the amendments.

I urge all of my colleagues to support this resolution and reserve the balance of my time.