Press Releases

Chairman DeFazio Announces Democratic Committee Roster for the 116th Congress

January 16, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the selection of Democratic Members to serve on the Committee in the 116th Congress. Selections were made by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and approved by the Democratic Caucus. "The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has a long history of working in a bipartisan way to get things done for the American people," said Chairman DeFazio. "Today we are … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Challenge President Trump’s Authority to Use Disaster Funding for Border Wall Construction

January 16, 2019

For Immediate Release: January 16, 2019 Contact: Jen Adler (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Evan Hollander (Lowey), 202-225-3481 Jerry O'Donnell (Napolitano), 202-225-5256 Nicole Dailey Jones (Kaptur), 202-225-5411 Top Democrats Challenge President Trump's Authority to Use Disaster Funding for Border Wall Construction Washington, D.C. - Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Appropriations Nita … Continue Reading


House Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Pay Members of Coast Guard during Shutdown

January 09, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA), and Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced the Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019 (H.R. 367), bipartisan legislation that would provide funding for the United States Coast Guard and ensure that active duty and reserve members of the Coast Guard are paid during the … Continue Reading


Rep. DeFazio Elected Chairman of House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

January 04, 2019

Washington, DC- Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after his selection as Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee for the 116th Congress: "Every state and territory in our country is profoundly affected by the decisions made in this committee. Our communities and businesses depend on our network of roads, bridges, airports, rail, ports, and public transit to move people and goods safely, whether it is across town, across the country, or … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Napolitano Slam the Trump Administration’s Proposal to Rollback Clean Water Rule

December 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) released the following statements after the Trump administration released a proposal to significantly limit which of our Nation's waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act. "Today, too many Americans are uncertain whether their drinking water is safe for themselves and … Continue Reading


House Sends Bill to Support U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to the President

November 27, 2018

Washington, D.C. - The House of Representatives today voted unanimously to send to the President's desk a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize, support, and strengthen the U.S. Coast Guard and to reauthorize and update the authorities of the Federal Maritime Commission. The Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 140) authorizes funding for the Coast Guard, one of the Nation's five armed services, through fiscal year 2019 and supports the Service's plans to recapitalize … Continue Reading


DeFazio Announces More Than $34 Million in Additional Funding For Oregon Ports

November 21, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will allocate an additional $34.5 million in Fiscal Year 2019 to critical maintenance and safety projects at ports along the Oregon coast. "Oregon's ports are the lifeblood of coastal economies and rely on federal funding to maintain navigation channels and to ensure the safety of those channels for commercial fishing and … Continue Reading


House and Senate Democrats Urge Secretary Chao to Reject Industry Bid to Gut California Meal and Rest Break Rules

October 31, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, nineteen Democratic Representatives and Senators sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine Chao, strongly urging her to deny a petition submitted by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) requesting a determination that the State of California's meal and rest break rules are preempted by Federal law. "Our objection to an administrative determination of preemption is unequivocal. After more than four years of debate on this … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Napolitano Ask for GAO Investigation Into EPA’s Enforcement of Clean Water Protections

October 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. -- Today, on the 46th anniversary of enactment of the Clean Water Act, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an investigation into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) implementation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act, … Continue Reading


House and Senate Committee Leaders Announce Agreement on Long-term FAA and Disaster Program Reform Legislation

September 22, 2018

Washington, D.C. - House and Senate Committee leaders tonight announced that they have reached a bipartisan final agreement on legislation that provides long-term stability and critical reforms to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and transforms federal disaster programs to better prepare communities for disaster. The agreement also includes a reauthorizations and reforms of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The … Continue Reading


DeFazio Slams PHMSA For Eliminating Meal and Rest Breaks for Truck Drivers Transporting Hazardous Materials

September 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) condemned the Trump Administration for a decision to eliminate critical meal and rest breaks enacted by the State of California for truck drivers transporting hazardous materials. In a notice submitted to the Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) ruled that "California's meal and rest break requirements are preempted for all operators … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Capuano Lead Bipartisan Letter Opposing DOT Action to Waive Safety, Drug Testing Rules and Allow Railroads to Employ Foreign Crews

September 17, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Ranking Member Michael Capuano (D-MA) sent a bipartisan letter, signed by 27 Members of Congress, to Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine Chao expressing opposition to a petition filed by Kansas City Southern Railway (KCSR) requesting a waiver of critical Federal safety and inspection … Continue Reading


House Sends Water Resources Infrastructure Bill to Senate with Unanimous Vote

September 13, 2018

The House of Representatives today unanimously approved bipartisan, comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislation, which includes the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA). The bill will improve America's harbors, ports, waterways, flood protection, and other vital water infrastructure. The America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021), approved today by voice vote, is the product of negotiations and agreement between House and Senate committees with jurisdiction … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Titus Request Hearing On GSA’s Efforts to Hide White House Involvement in New FBI Headquarters Plan

September 13, 2018

DeFazio, Titus Request Hearing On GSA's Efforts to Hide White House Involvement in New FBI Headquarters Plan GSA IG report found GSA intentionally misled Congress about costs and White House influence Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Ranking Member Dina Titus (D-NV) sent a letter to Committee on Transportation and … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Titus Urge FEMA Not to Shut Down Emergency Power Generators In Puerto Rico This Summer

July 24, 2018

According to letter, FEMA will end emergency power restoration mission by August 18 Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Ranking Member Dina Titus (D-NV) sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, urging FEMA to continue the operation of three mega-generators providing power for Puerto … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Carper Press Acting EPA Administrator on Enforcement of the Clean Water Act

July 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to uphold the agency's mission of protecting human health and the environment and reject former Administrator Scott Pruitt's blatant assaults on Clean Water Act (CWA) protections. In June … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Garamendi Respond to American Maritime Partnership Study about the Effect of the Jones Act on Puerto Rico

July 18, 2018

DeFazio, Garamendi Respond to American Maritime Partnership Study about the Effect of the Jones Act on Puerto Rico Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Ranking Member John Garamendi (D-CA) responded to a study released by the American Maritime Partnership, about the effect of the Jones Act on Puerto Rico's economy. The study was completed by … Continue Reading


DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Extend the Deadline to Complete Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Rule

July 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced H.R. 6414, legislation to extend by 18 months the deadline for the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and tribal leaders to develop and issue a rulemaking on tribal transportation self-governance. The deadline for final completion of the negotiated rulemaking under the Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program, as required by section 1121 of the FAST … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Norton Slam Trump Administration Efforts to Slow Down Transit Projects

July 17, 2018

New DOT instructions adds uncertainty, unnecessary delays, and increased costs to transit projects Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine Chao, slamming the administration for creating new burdens and layers of bureaucracy designed to … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Titus Question FEMA Over Staffing Shortages, Ability to Respond to Disasters

July 17, 2018

FEMA is short-staffed in the midst of tornado, hurricane, wildfire, and storm season Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, asking FEMA to respond to serious questions related to FEMA's depleted … Continue Reading

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