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H.R. 6569 - Removing Extra Transportation Infrastructure Luxury Expenses Act

Sponsor: John J. Faso (R)
Introduced: 2018-07-26
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6569


    To require a waiver if the installation of differently colored tiles in certain tunnel projects is expected to create additional costs, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 26, 2018

    Mr. Faso introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

    To require a waiver if the installation of differently colored tiles in certain tunnel projects is expected to create additional costs, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Removing Extra Transportation Infrastructure Luxury Expenses Act” or the “RETILE Act”.

SEC. 2. Differently colored tiles in projects.

(a) Projects for a public facility damaged or destroyed by a major disaster.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a State or local government, for purposes of a covered project, may not install differently colored tiles in a tunnel if—

(A) the installation of such tiles is reasonably expected to incur a higher cost than the installation of same-color tiles; and

(B) such government has not obtained a waiver from the Secretary of Homeland Security.

(2) WAIVER.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—A State or local government may apply for a waiver from this requirement.

(B) GRANTING OF WAIVER.—The Secretary may grant a waiver based on safety factors, historical preservation factors, or any other factor the Secretary considers relevant.

(3) COVERED PROJECT.—In this subsection, the term “covered project” means a project for which a State or local government receives a public assistance grant under section 406 or 428 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5172 or 5189f).

(4) REGULATIONS.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall issue regulations to carry out this subsection.

(b) Projects under title 23, United States Code.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

§ 171. Use of tiles in initial construction, replacement, or repair in tunnel projects

“(a) Withholding of funds for noncompliance.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall withhold any funding for any project under this chapter if such project uses differently colored tiles in a tunnel and—

“(A) the installation of such tiles is reasonably expected to incur a higher cost than the installation of same-color tiles; and

“(B) the Secretary has not issued a waiver under this section.

“(2) AVAILABILITY OF WAIVER.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—A State may apply for a waiver from this requirement.

“(B) GRANTING OF WAIVER.—The Secretary may grant a waiver based on safety factors, historical preservation factors, or any other factor the Secretary considers relevant.

“(3) REGULATIONS.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall issue regulations to carry out this section.”.

(2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of sections for chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 170 the following new item:

“171. Use of tiles in initial construction, replacement, or repair in tunnel projects.”.


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