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Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on “State of Aviation Safety”

July 17, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled: "State of Aviation Safety." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Larsen, for calling today's hearing on aviation safety. Ensuring the safety of our nation's transportation systems is the most important job of this Committee, and today … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano React to EPA’s WOTUS Repeal Rule Reaching the White House

July 16, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) reacted to news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent its final rule to repeal the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule to the White House for review. "It is absolutely outrageous that the Trump administration is pushing ahead with a gift to special interests by … Continue Reading


New Committee Analysis of Capital Investment Grant Program Shows Project Approval Time More Than Doubled Under Trump Administration, Costing Transit Agencies Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

July 16, 2019

Because of slow-moving approval process since 2017, analysis shows local governments scrambled to make up at least $845 million in extra costs unnecessarily caused by Federal Transit Administration Chair DeFazio: "These findings should be a wake-up call to FTA, the Department of Transportation and the White House that it must drop its hostility toward transit and follow the law" Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Hearing on Capital Investment Grants

July 16, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) during today's hearing titled: "Oversight of the Federal Transit Administration's Implementation of the Capital Investment Grant Program." Chair DeFazio: Since the election in 2016, I have been cautiously optimistic that the President and Congress could really work together and invest in the rebuilding of America. … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Aviation Subcommittee Hearing on Safety

July 12, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled "State of Aviation Safety." The hearing will gather government and stakeholder perspectives on the state of aviation safety, including identifying current challenges facing the aviation system and actions needed to maintain and ensure the safety of the traveling … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Highways and Transit to Hold Hearing on Capital Investment Grants

July 12, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Oversight of the Federal Transit Administration's Implementation of the Capital Investment Grant Program." The purpose of this hearing is to examine the how the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is implementing the Capital Investment Grant … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen, Vice Chair Davids, Ranking Member Davis, Rep. Ferguson Introduce Bipartisan Fair and Open Skies Act

July 10, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Sharice Davids (D-KS), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-GA) introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from issuing a foreign air carrier permit for U.S. … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on Water Resources Development Acts

July 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resource and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled: "Water Resources Development Acts: Status of Implementation And Assessing Future Needs." Chair DeFazio: For nearly 200 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has played a central role in … Continue Reading


Democratic Chairs Issue Statement on DOJ Inspector General Launching Investigation into FBI Headquarters Relocation Plan

July 03, 2019

Washington, D.C. (July 3, 2019)-Today, the Chairs of four House Committees and Subcommittees issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) that it has opened a new investigation into the Trump Administration's abrupt decision to abandon the long-planned project to move the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from its current site in Washington, D.C. to a suburban location and instead pursue a more … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to Hold Hearing on Water Resources Development Acts

July 03, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Water Resources Development Acts: Status of Implementation And Assessing Future Needs." The purpose of this hearing is to provide Members with an opportunity to review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' implementation of the most recent … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Express Concerns over FAA Remote ID Rule Delay

July 02, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine Chao, Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Daniel Elwell, and Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Russell Vought … Continue Reading


After Request from Chair DeFazio and Others, New GAO Study Confirms Trains Are Getting Longer and Will Likely Continue to Increase in Length in Coming Years

July 01, 2019

GAO study released today finds trains now run three miles long on some routes Washington, DC - Today, a group of House lawmakers, led by Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), announced the results of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the impact of train lengths. The study showed that while the average train length has … Continue Reading


As Trump Administration Attempts to Fast-Track Authorization to Move LNG by Rail Tank Car, Chair DeFazio, Rep. Malinowski Call on PHMSA to Disclose Risks to Public and Extend Public Comment Period

June 28, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Representative Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) sent a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requesting the agency extend its public comment period for at least an additional 30 days on the special permit it is considering that would allow the movement of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail in Florida. Currently, the Department of Transportation … Continue Reading


Committee Approves Slate of Legislation Authorizing Funds for the Coast Guard, Banning Smoking on Amtrak, Supporting Nursing Rooms in Small Airports, and Streamlining Land Acquisition Projects

June 26, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of bipartisan measures by voice vote, including the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019, Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act, Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act, and Small Airports Mothers' Rooms Act. "Today's markup is another win for bipartisanship on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee," said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR). "Legislation … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio-Authored Legislation Ensuring Coast Guard Paychecks During Government Shutdown Passes Committee

June 26, 2019

Washington, DC- Today Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced that his legislation to ensure members of the United States Coast Guard - our nation's fifth military service - receive paychecks, in the event of a federal government shutdown, was approved during a Committee markup. The original legislation, the Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019 (H.R. 367), was adopted as part of a manager's amendment to the Coast Guard Authorization … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on “Protecting and Restoring America’s Iconic Waters”

June 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled: "Protecting and Restoring America's Iconic Waters." Chair DeFazio: Estuaries are critical water bodies for the ecological and economic health of our communities, and there is a national interest in … Continue Reading


House Passes Rep. DeFazio Amendment to Stop Trump Administration from Fast-Tracking Authorization to Move LNG by Rail Tank Car

June 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to H.R. 3055 offered by Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, that would prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from finalizing a rulemaking and issuing a special permit to allow the transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by rail tank car. A comment period on the special permit is set to close July 8, 2019. President Trump issued an Executive Order on … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold Markup

June 24, 2019

Washington, DC- The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a Full Committee markup this Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 10:00 am in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building to consider the following measures: H.R. 3409, Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019 H.R. 2548, Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act H.R. 2726, Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019 H.R. 3362, Small Airports Mothers' Rooms Act of 2019 Other matters cleared for consideration. More information about the … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019

June 21, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and Ranking Member Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize funds for, reinforce, and support the United States Coast Guard. H.R. 3409, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019 (CGAA 2019), is legislation that reauthorizes … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to Hold Hearing on “Protecting and Restoring America’s Iconic Waters”

June 21, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Protecting and Restoring America's Iconic Waters." The purpose of this hearing is to review the successes, challenges, and need for continued funding for restoration efforts related to the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, San Francisco Bay, … Continue Reading

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