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Brandon: Good morning sir, my name is Brandon Paquette and I’m a student at the

US Air Force Academy, and I’m doing some academic research on domestic
transportation, and I was wondering if you could give me some insight on how the
committee interprets certain words and phrases in the course of their operations?

Staffer: Sure, I may have to transfer you though

Brandon: Thank you, sir, I will be recording this call to generate a transcript and
then deleting the recording, will that be alright?

Staffer: Yeah, I guess that’s fine.

Brandon: Alright then, the date is 1 September 2009 and the time is 0900 in
Colorado.

Brandon: Ok, so the issue I’m looking into is domestic transportation infrastructure
reform. So I have a few questions as to the definitions as the committee sees these
phrases. Now the phrase transportation infrastructure, what does that mean to you
as someone who works on the committee?

Staffer: Transportation infrastructure…hmm… well, the way that we move people


and goods throughout the country. This involves obviously highways, bridges,
pipelines, railroads, locks, dams, waterways

Brandon: Would you consider that an exhaustive list?

Staffer: From what I can think of right now, yeah

Brandon: Ok, great. Now, would you consider the policies that govern this
infrastructure to also be part of the infrastructure? As the committee considers that
phrase?

Staffer: Part of the infrastructure? Not necessarily… generally we would separate


policy from infrastructure, and I think infrastructure is really physical infrastructure

Brandon: Ok, now the phrase domestic, what does that mean?

Staffer: Simply within the United States of America, our territories, land that’s
governed by the U.S.

Brandon: Ok, so you would consider military bases, embassies, etc, to be domestic?

Staffers: Well, that is.. we don’t have, the committee doesn’t have jurisdiction over
those infrastructures. The Armed Services committee has jurisdiction over the
entities that would make decisions regarding those places, so, no.

Brandon: Fantastic, thanks so much. What was your name again sir?

Staffer: Umm, just identify me as a Transportation Committee Staffer


Brandon: Will do, thanks again for your help, have a great morning.

Staffer: Thanks, you too.