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Statements from Chairmen Graves and Nehls on the Passing of T&I Member Donald Payne

Washington, D.C., April 24, 2024 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446
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Statements from Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Troy Nehls (R-TX) on the passing of T&I Committee Member and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Ranking Member Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ):

“Congressman Donald Payne was a valued Member of Congress and of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and our bipartisan work at T&I always benefited from his leadership and willingness to work across the aisle to get things done for America’s infrastructure.  In particular, he most recently led T&I Democrats in our ongoing work to reauthorize the federal pipeline safety programs – a bill we passed out of committee overwhelmingly, thanks in no small part to his efforts.  He was also a champion this Congress for a bipartisan effort to improve passenger rail access for persons with disabilities.  Congressman Payne was a strong advocate for infrastructure for his own constituents and for the country, and he will be missed.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said Chairman Graves.

“Jill and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Ranking Member Donald Payne, Jr.,” said Chairman Nehls.  “It was a pleasure to work with Ranking Member Payne in a bipartisan fashion on the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.  Jill and I’s prayers are with the Payne family as they go through this incredibly difficult time.”