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Support for the INVEST in America Act Grows as Transformative Infrastructure Bill Advances Through Committee

June 10, 2021

The $547 billion surface transportation bill would make transformational investments to create good paying jobs bringing America's roads, bridges, transit, and rail into the modern era Washington, DC - The list of groups coming out in support of the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684) continues to grow. The bill, introduced by Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and … Continue Reading


After 19-Hour Markup, Committee Advances Two Major Pieces of Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize America’s Infrastructure, Create Jobs, and Restore U.S. Global Competitiveness

June 10, 2021

Chair DeFazio: "Infrastructure is calling, and we are answering with bold legislation that invests in American workers and communities" Washington, DC - Today, led by Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR), the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved two major pieces of infrastructure legislation on a bipartisan basis during a 19-hour markup, both of which make transformational investments to modernize America's roads, bridges, highways, rail, transit, and wastewater systems. The … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Commend Biden Administration for Proposing to Withdraw Trump Dirty Water Rule

June 09, 2021

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) released the following statements after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it was withdrawing the Trump Dirty Water rule, the largest rollback of clean water protections in U.S. history, and getting to work on a replacement. In February, the Chairs sent a letter to … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Opening Statement During Markup of the INVEST in America Act

June 09, 2021

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 committee markup. Video of his opening statement is here. More information on the markup can be found here, and additional information on the INVEST in America Act can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today, the Committee meets to consider H.R. 3684, the "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement During Markup of the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021

June 09, 2021

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 committee markup to consider the H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021. Video of his opening statement can be found here. More information on the markup can be found here, and additional information on the legislation can be found here. Chair DeFazio: I strongly support the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Payne, Jr. Applaud Biden Administration’s Move to Implement a Provision Included in Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Legislation to Address Methane Emissions

June 08, 2021

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statements after the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an advisory bulletin that puts pipeline operators on notice about the need to update their plans to ensure they are minimizing methane emissions. PHMSA's bulletin was a first … Continue Reading


The INVEST in America Act Makes Historic Investments to Upgrade and Expand Passenger Rail in the U.S.

June 08, 2021

Newly-introduced five-year surface transportation bill also includes investments to support the rail workforce, bolster public safety, and prevent blocked crossings Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) highlighted the provisions of the newly-introduced surface transportation bill that would make an historic $95 billion investment in passenger and freight rail in the U.S., including $32 billion for Amtrak, tripling its … Continue Reading


How the INVEST in America Act Helps Build a More Just and Equitable Future

June 08, 2021

Newly-introduced five-year surface transportation bill will re-imagine how we invest in infrastructure Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) highlighted provisions of the newly-introduced five-year, $547 billion surface transportation bill that would re-imagine our national transportation policy to help reconnect communities and level the playing field for social and economically-disadvantaged communities by considering … Continue Reading


The INVEST in America Act = Investments in Rural America

June 08, 2021

Newly-introduced five-year surface transportation bill proposes record investments in rural and smaller communities Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) highlighted provisions of the newly-introduced surface transportation bill that would make landmark infrastructure investments in rural and smaller communities, including targeted resources to improve safety, fix rural roads and bridges, and increase access to jobs and … Continue Reading


How the INVEST in America Act Tackles Climate Change and Puts the U.S. on a Path Toward a Zero-Emission Future

June 08, 2021

The transportation sector is the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) highlighted provisions of the newly-introduced surface transportation bill that would make landmark investments to tackle the climate crisis and take bold steps to build the clean transportation sector of the future. On Wednesday, the committee will consider the INVEST in America Act, … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Releases Updated Text of the INVEST in America Act That Now Includes Member Designated Projects

June 07, 2021

Updated Bill Text Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released an amendment in the nature of a substitute (ANS) to the INVEST in America Act, a transformative five-year, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill that includes selected Member Designated Projects. Selected projects appear starting on page 47 of the ANS. "I'm proud to announce the Member Designated Projects that were awarded funding today, … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to Markup Surface Transportation and Wastewater Infrastructure Bills

June 07, 2021

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a Full Committee markup on Wednesday, June 9, at 10:00 AM EDT, and any subsequent days as may be necessary, to consider the following measures: Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act and Other matters cleared for consideration. Members will … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton, and Payne Introduce the INVEST in America Act to Create Millions of Jobs Bringing Our Infrastructure into the Modern Era

June 04, 2021

The five-year surface transportation bill, which directs federal investments in roads, bridges, transit, and rail, re-imagines our national transportation policies and helps meet the president's vision to invest in American workers and communities while tackling the climate crisis head-on Chair DeFazio: "The INVEST in America Act puts a core piece of President Biden's American Jobs Plan into legislative text- seizing this once-in-a-generation opportunity to move our transportation system out … Continue Reading


Support for the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 Builds Ahead of Next Week’s Committee Markup

June 03, 2021

H.R. 1915 would invest $50 billion to upgrade America's wastewater infrastructure, including $40 billion through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Washington, DC- The list of groups coming out in support of the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 (H.R. 1915) continues to grow. The bill, introduced in March by Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. … Continue Reading


After Years of Delays Under Trump, Chair DeFazio Applauds Biden Administration for Advancing Gateway Program, a Major Transit Project with Significant Economic Implications for the Entire Country

May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC-Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the Biden administration released the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Hudson Tunnel Project-a major element of the Gateway Program-clearing a key hurdle toward completion after more than three years of purposeful obstruction by the Trump administration. The project sponsors had submitted a draft EIS in early 2018 only to see it languish, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Applaud EPA’s Decision to Revise Trump-era Restrictions on States’ Rights Within the Clean Water Act, Urge Further Action to Ensure Clean Water for All

May 27, 2021

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) issued the following statements after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would revise restrictions implemented by the Trump administration meant to limit state oversight authority over actions that could affect state water quality. Specifically, the previous … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Support Builds for the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021

May 20, 2021

Legislation, now cosponsored by 40 Members of Congress, would authorize $50 billion to create jobs, modernize wastewater systems, and protect local waterways Washington, DC- The bipartisan support in Congress for H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021, continues to grow. The bill, introduced in March by Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. … Continue Reading


In Address to Public Transit Conference, Chair DeFazio Thanks Transit Workers for Their Service Amid COVID-19, Previews Elements of Upcoming Surface Transportation Bill

May 19, 2021

DeFazio to transit agencies: "Together, we have an opportunity to reform and rebuild our transportation system for the future" Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, May 18, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) addressed the American Public Transportation Association's Legislative Conference and Virtual Fly-In. APTA represents all modes of public transportation, including bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, and waterborne service, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Seek New Records from Boeing and FAA Regarding Production Issues with Boeing 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner

May 18, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) announced they are seeking records from The Boeing Company and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding continued issues with the manufacture and production of Boeing commercial aircraft at facilities in both Washington state and South Carolina. Chairs DeFazio and Larsen first sought records on the Boeing 737 MAX in … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Question FEMA After Approvals for Disaster Survivor Aid Program Falls to All-Time Low

May 17, 2021

T&I leaders to FEMA Administrator: "Federal disaster programs should not ultimately revictimize individuals and families" Committee's request for answers comes as nation heads into hurricane and wildfire season WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Committee Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV), and … Continue Reading