1:01 AM EDT

Steven C. LaTourette, R-OH 14th

Mr. LaTOURETTE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act Reorganizes the current Research and Special Programs Administration to two new administrations: the Research and Innovative Technologies Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The new Research and Innovative Technologies Administration will have the research authority currently exercised by the Research and Special Programs Administration. This includes the coordination, facilitation, and review of the department's research and development programs and activities; the advancement of innovative technologies and intelligent transportation systems; and any other research authority that the Secretary deems appropriate.

The new Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration will hold the authority currently exercised by the Research and Special Programs Administration with regard to pipeline safety and will also include all current law hazardous materials authority exercised by the Office of Hazardous Materials.

As the caption of the bill indicates, Mr. Speaker, I would say that, when I was first elected in 1995, Norm Mineta was the ranking Democrat on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. I found him to be, and he continues to be a wonderful, was a wonderful Member of Congress, a true leader in transportation. He is now, of course, the current Secretary of the Department of Transportation, and I can think of no more fitting honor than to name this new administration in his honor. I urge

all of our colleagues to pass the bill.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.