Swalwell Praises Bill to Save Taxpayers’ Money Through Reimbursement of Ride-sharing and Non-Traditional Transportation for Federal Employees
WASHINGTON, DC – Sharing Economy Caucus co-founder and co-chair Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) offered a statement in support of H.R. 5625, the Modernizing Government Travel Act. Introduced by Sharing Economy Caucus member Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), the bill passed the House on a 415-0 vote.
The bipartisan bill – of which Swalwell is an original co-sponsor, and which he helped draft – would require the General Services Administration to implement regulations to allow federal employees to use alternative and nontraditional forms of transportation such as Uber, Lyft, and bikeshare for reimbursable official travel. It marks the first time that the term “transportation network company” (TNC) is defined in federal law.
Swalwell entered the following statement into the Congressional Record:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 5625, the Modernizing Government Travel Act.
“This bill is an important step forward in bringing government employees and federal regulations into the 21st century. Currently, each agency has different policies on what transportation options are available to federal employees for reimbursement. Thus, depending on the agency, some federal employees are unable to be reimbursed for official travel if they use ride-sharing or non-traditional forms of transportation, such as bikeshare. Yet many of these platforms provide cost-effective ways for our government employees to travel quickly and efficiently.
“H.R. 5625 would address this problem by requiring the General Services Administration (GSA) to implement regulations to allow all federal employees to be reimbursed for these modes of travel. I was privileged to help in the drafting of H.R. 5625, and I want to thank the sponsor, Congressman Seth Moulton, for introducing the bill and working diligently to help move it to the Floor.
“Last year, Congressman Darrell Issa and I co-founded the bipartisan Congressional Sharing Economy Caucus. We started this caucus in order to bring government attention to the benefits of the sharing economy and to find ways for the federal government to support it, a growing sector of our economy. The bill in front of us helps to encourage the use of sharing economy technology, therefore saving taxpayers money, and fits perfectly within the goals of the Sharing Economy Caucus.
“I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 5625 today, and I yield back the balance of my time.”