Press Releases

Chairs DeFazio and Lipinski Announce Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Hearing on Commuter Railroads

September 20, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, 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 Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Challenges and Opportunities for Commuter Railroads." The hearing will explore the state of the commuter rail industry, challenges commuter rail service providers face, and opportunities to address issues through … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to Hold Hearing on Port Infrastructure

September 20, 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, "Coast Guard and Port Infrastructure: Built to Last?" This hearing will explore shore side infrastructure and the impacts of sea level rise and natural hazards on maritime commerce and coastal infrastructure. Additional details, … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Aviation to Hold Hearing on Implementation of FAA Reauthorization of 2018

September 20, 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 "A Work in Progress: Implementation of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018." The hearing will examine progress within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation in implementing the long-term FAA reauthorization enacted last year. More … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Lipinski Request Update from 12 Companies on Grade Crossing Data

September 19, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) sent a letter to 12 companies seeking information on what steps they have taken to incorporate data into their navigation services, applications and devices that can help prevent accidents at highway-railroad at-grade crossings. Following a 2015 Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, … Continue Reading


Committee Approves Slate of Legislation to Maintain Labor Standards, Fund Water Projects Across the Country, Improve Disaster Preparedness, and More

September 19, 2019

Committee Approves Slate of Legislation to Maintain Labor Standards, Fund Water Projects Across the Country, Improve Disaster Preparedness, and More Washington, DC- Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of bipartisan measures by voice vote, including the Fair and Open Skies Act, the Protect and Restore America's Estuaries Act, the Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act, legislation to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on “The Administration’s Priorities and Policy Initiatives Under the Clean Water Act”

September 18, 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: "The Administration's Priorities and Policy Initiatives Under the Clean Water Act." Chair DeFazio: We are here today to talk about actions taken by the Trump EPA and the impacts they will have for … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Formally Invites Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to Testify at Hearing in October on the 737 MAX

September 17, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) formally invited Boeing Chairman Dennis Muilenburg and Chief Engineer of Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division John Hamilton to appear before the Full Committee for a hearing on October 30, 2019. Other hearings: May 15, 2019: "Status of the Boeing 737 MAX" June 19, 2019: "Status of the Boeing 737 MAX: Stakeholder Perspectives" July 17, 2019: "The State of Aviation Safety" Last … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold Markup

September 17, 2019

Washington, DC- The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a Full Committee markup this Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 10:00 am in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building to consider the following measures: H.R. 3632, Fair and Open Skies Act H.R. 1620, Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act H.R. 1132, San Francisco Bay Restoration Act H.R. 2247, Promoting United Government Efforts to Save Our Sound Act H.R. 4031, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 H.R. 4044, … Continue Reading


As the Trump Administration Attempts to Fast-Track Authorization to Move LNG by Rail Tank Car, Chair DeFazio and Rep. Malinowski Introduce New Legislation to Study the Risks and Provide Much-Needed Transparency

September 13, 2019

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 4306, legislation requiring a comprehensive review into the transport of liquified natural gas (LNG) by rail tank car within the United States. On April 10, 2019, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) to authorize the movement of LNG in rail tank cars within 13 … Continue Reading


As Part of the Committee’s Investigation into the Boeing 737 MAX, Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Formally Request Interviews with Several Boeing Employees

September 12, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure ("Committee") Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) wrote to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to formally request interviews with several Boeing employees. The Committee believes certain employees may be able to shed light on issues central to the Committee's investigation, including information about the design, development and certification of the 737 MAX. The … Continue Reading


CLEAN WATER UNDER ATTACK: The Five Worst Things the Trump Administration is Doing Right Now to Undermine Clean Water

September 12, 2019

New T&I Committee report highlights how Trump's EPA is quietly rolling back regulations and letting polluters call the shots. The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to hold a hearing on status of the Clean Water Act, with a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to testify. Washington, DC- Nearly fifty years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, the Trump EPA has quietly launched an unprecedented attack on the very policies and regulations that … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on “Pricing and Technology Strategies to Address Congestion on and Financing of America’s Roads”

September 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as delivered, from 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) during today's hearing titled "Pricing and Technology Strategies to Address Congestion on and Financing of America's Roads." Chair DeFazio: "Thanks, Madam Chair. You both made points that Congress needs to pay attention to. The cost of congestion on an … Continue Reading


As Part of Ongoing Investigation into Trump’s DC Hotel Lease, Chairs DeFazio and Titus Press GSA Official For Key Records and Question Why the Agency is Taking Legal Guidance from Trump Hotel Attorney

September 10, 2019

Washington, DC- After months of refusing to provide the committee with specific records related to President Trump's lease at the federally-owned Old Post Office, today Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) pressed U.S. General Services Administrator (GSA) Emily Murphy to comply with their records requests, pointing out that the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Titus Correct the Record Regarding Oversight on Old Post Office Lease

September 06, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) responded to a recent news report of a lack of adequate oversight over President Trump serving as landlord and tenant of the Old Post Office building in Washington, D.C. "As Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure I have an obligation and duty … Continue Reading


Environmental Protection Agency to Testify Before Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on Clean Water Act

September 06, 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, "The Administration's Priorities and Policy Initiatives Under the Clean Water Act." The Subcommittee will receive testimony from Dave Ross, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Urges Reinvigorated Federal Role in Infrastructure Investment after New Report Shows Traffic Congestion Only Getting Worse Across the U.S.

August 23, 2019

Report: Congestion now costs the average commuter in the U.S. an estimated 54 hours and more than $1,000 each year Chair DeFazio: This is "the result of trying to run a 21st century economy on a 1950s-era transportation system" Washington, D.C. - Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement in response to the release of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's 2019 Urban Mobility Report, which showed the number of hours commuters lost to traffic delays has climbed … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio, Rep. Malinowski Press PHMSA for Updated Information on Special Permit to Transport LNG by Rail

August 08, 2019

Washington, DC -Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) sent a follow-up letter to Administrator Howard Elliott of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requesting an update on where the special permit for Energy Transport Solutions, LLC to move liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail stands now that the public comment period has closed. Both Chair DeFazio and Rep. Malinowski have … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Respond to EPA’s Decision to Streamline Approval for Pebble Mine

August 01, 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 withdraw the proposed determination under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act for the use of the Pebble Mine project in Alaska. "We have serious concerns about the shell game the Trump administration is playing to … Continue Reading


In New Letter, Chair DeFazio Demands Information from EPA Administrator About Trump Administration Effort to Allow More Untreated Sewage Into Local Rivers and Waterways

July 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) officially requested that the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler, provide records and analysis linked to the Trump administration's effort to potentially allow sewage treatment plants to bypass legally required wastewater treatment and instead discharge inadequately treated sewage into waterways, through a process known as "blending." In … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Presses EPA on Its Decision to Limit States Rights Within the Clean Water Act

July 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. -Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler, requesting that information be provided to the Committee on impacts and changes made to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which manages states' roles in implementing water quality standards. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act gives states oversight responsibility for any … Continue Reading

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