By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Two dozen U.S. House representatives have been added to the House/Senate conference committee meeting today to hammer out a long-term surface transportation reauthorization. All members of the committee are listed below.

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) is chairman of the conference committee. He released a statement saying everyone on the committee “understands how critical our transportation system is to the economy, and to our constituents’ quality of life.”

The new Republican conference members are:

Mac Thornberry, Texas; Mike Rogers, Ala.; Fred Upton, Mich.; Markwayne Mullin, Okla.; Jeb Hensarling, Texas; Randy Neugebauer, Texas; Bob Goodlatte, Va.; Tom Marino, Pa.; Darin LaHood, Ill.; Glenn Thomson, Pa.; Will Hurd, Texas; John Mica, Fla.; Lamar Smith, Texas; Barbara Comstock, Va.; Kevin Brady, Texas; Dave Reichert, Wash.

New Democratic conferees are:

Loretta Sanchez, Calif.; Frank Pallone, Jr., N.J.; Maxine Waters, Calif.; Zoe Lofgren, Calif.; Raul Grijalva, Ariz.; Gerald Connolly, Va.; Donna Edwards, Md.; Sander Levin, Mich.

Previously appointed House members of the committee are:

Republicans: Bill Shuster, Pa.; Jimmy Duncan, Tenn.; Sam Graves, Mo.; Rick Crawford, Ark.; Lou Barletta, Pa.; Blake Farenthold, Texas, Jeff Denham, Calif., Reid Ribble, Wis.; Scott Perry, Pa.; Rob Woodall, Ga.; John Katko, N.Y.; Bob Gibbs, Ohio, Brian Babin, Texas; Cresent Hardy, Nev.; and Garret Graves, La.

Democrats: Peter DeFazio, Ore.; Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.; Jerrold Nadler, N.Y.; Corrine Brown, Fla.; Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas; Elijah Cummings, Md.; Rick Larsen, Wash.; Michael Capuano, Mass.; Grace Napolitano, Calif.; Daniel Lipinski, Ill.; Steve Cohen, Tenn.; and Albio Sires, N.J.

The Senate negotiators include:

Republicans: Jim Inhofe, Okla.; John Thune, S.D.; Orrin Hatch, Utah; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; Deb Fischer, Neb.; John Barrasso, Wyo.; and John Cornyn, Texas.

Democrats: Barbara Boxer, Calif.; Bill Nelson, Fla.; Ron Wyden, Ore.; Dick Durbin, Ill.; and Chuck Schumer, N.Y.