Press Releases

Chair DeFazio Encourages FAA/Boeing Employees to Utilize Whistleblower Page

March 22, 2019

Washington, DC- Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) is encouraging any current or former officials or employees of Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who are familiar with the FAA's aircraft certification program, to utilize the Committee's whistleblower webpage if they have any information that would be of interest to the Committee and its investigation into the FAA's approach to certifying the Boeing 737 MAX. The website … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Respond to EPA’s Decision to Not Extend Comment Period for Proposed WOTUS Rule

March 21, 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) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to not extend the deadline for public comments on the revised definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). "Over 160 of our House Colleagues, 36 Senators, Governors, state officials, agencies, businesses, and … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Announces Full Committee Hearing, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investment in our Nation’s Airports Matters”

March 21, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the Full Committee will hold a hearing titled, "The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investment in our Nation's Airports Matters." The hearing will explore the state of U.S. airport infrastructure and opportunities for Congress to increase funding for projects that will increase the ability of airports to rehabilitate aging infrastructure and prepare for unprecedented passenger … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Request DOT IG Investigation into FAA Certifying Boeing 737 MAX

March 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. - 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) sent a letter to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Calvin L. Scovel III, requesting an investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration's approach to certifying the Boeing 737 MAX. "The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is committed to making the world's safest transportation … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Announces Whistleblower Webpage

March 19, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the addition of a whistleblower webpage to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee website. This page is intended to serve as a resource for those who wish to share information or concerns about programs, projects, conflicts-of-interest or incidents that fall within the Committee's jurisdiction. "Whistleblowers can play an integral role in an open and transparent … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Maloney React to Coast Guard Policy of Disqualifying Transgender Persons from Service

March 18, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) reacted to the United States Coast Guard's announced policy of disqualifying service by transgender persons looking to enter the service, or those person's identified with gender dysphoria, with limited exceptions. "We are deeply disturbed by the Coast Guard's decision … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Respond to Grounding of Boeing Aircraft

March 13, 2019

Washington, DC- Statement 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): "Despite repeated assurances from the FAA in recent days, it has become abundantly clear to us that not only should the 737 MAX be grounded but also that there must be a rigorous investigation into why the aircraft, which has critical safety systems that did not exist on prior models, was certified without requiring … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Hearing on “Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to Meet 21st Century Needs”

March 13, 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: "Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to Meet 21st Century Needs." Thank you, Chair Norton and Ranking Member Davis, for holding this hearing. Without question, the most imperative work this Subcommittee will undertake in the 116th Congress is crafting a surface transportation … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302

March 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - "In the coming days, it is absolutely critical that we get answers as to what caused the devastating crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and whether there is any connection to what caused the Lion Air accident just five months ago. I remain concerned that international aviation regulators are providing more certainty to the flying public by grounding the 737 MAX 8 than our own FAA-- the world leader in aviation safety. I spoke to senior officials at FAA yesterday to … Continue Reading


Chair Larsen Statement from Hearing on "Looking Forward: Aviation 2050"

March 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled: "Looking Forward: Aviation 2050." Good morning and thank you to today's witnesses for joining the Subcommittee's discussion on "Aviation 2050." I want to start today by acknowledging the tragedy of Sunday's crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Eight Americans and 21 United Nations employees … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio: “Trump budget would shirk federal responsibility when it comes to our nation’s infrastructure”

March 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. -Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement in response to President Trump's budget release. "It's clear that our country needs significant federal investment to even begin to bring our nation's infrastructure to a state of good repair, so it's highly disappointing that once again, despite so much of his rhetoric over the past few years, the President put forth a budget that falls incredibly short. … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Highways and Transit to Hold Hearing to Examine Federal Surface Transportation Policy

March 08, 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, "Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to Meet 21st Century Needs." During the hearing, Members will consider whether and how Federal-aid highway and Federal transit policies need to change to ensure that our surface transportation network … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Aviation to Hold Hearing on Future of U.S. Aviation

March 08, 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, "Looking Forward: Aviation 2050." The hearing will explore the future of U.S. aviation and the National Airspace System (NAS), including how the NAS is evolving as a result of new aviation and aerospace technologies, as well as how new and future entrants (including … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on, “The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and Address Affordability Challenges”

March 07, 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 Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled: "The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and Address Affordability Challenges." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Madam … Continue Reading


Democratic Chairs Press Administration for Documents Withheld on FBI Headquarters Across Street from Trump Hotel in D.C.

March 06, 2019

Washington, D.C. (Mar. 6, 2019)-Today, the Chairs of five House Committees and Subcommittees sent a letter demanding documents that are currently being withheld by the Trump Administration relating to the decision to block the longstanding plan to relocate the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters to a suburban location-which would have allowed commercial developers to acquire the existing site and compete directly with the Trump Hotel across the street on Pennsylvania Avenue-and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Maloney Statements from Hearing on, “U.S. Maritime and Shipbuilding Industries: Strategies to Improve Regulation, Economic Opportunities, and Competitiveness”

March 06, 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 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) during today's hearing titled: "U.S. Maritime and Shipbuilding Industries: Strategies to Improve Regulation, Economic Opportunities, and Competitiveness." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairman Maloney and Ranking Member … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano, Reps. Young, Katko Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Wastewater Infrastructure Challenges

March 05, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Representative Don Young (R-AK), and Representative John Katko (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019 to address America's crumbling wastewater infrastructure and local water quality challenges. "America's water infrastructure is in dire need of … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment to Examine the State of Our Clean Water System

March 01, 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 the Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and Address Affordability Challenges." The hearing will examine the current state of our clean water systems … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to Hold Hearing on the State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry

March 01, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "U.S. Maritime and Shipbuilding Industries: Strategies to Improve Regulation, Economic Opportunities, and Competitiveness." The hearing will examine the state of the U.S. flag Maritime Industry and will hear testimony from the U.S. … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Statement from Hearing on, “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change”

February 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery by Committee Vice Chair Salud Carbajal, on behalf of Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) during today's hearing titled: "Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change." Chairman DeFazio was unable to attend today's hearing due to a snowstorm in Oregon. Welcome. Unfortunately, due to an unusually heavy snowstorm … Continue Reading

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