Press Releases

Chairs DeFazio and Carbajal Join Ranking Member Sam Graves on Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster Resiliency of Nation’s Ports

May 07, 2021

The bipartisan Resilient Ports Act would usher in key upgrades to U.S. ports Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) introduced legislation to help ensure our nation's ports are resilient to extreme weather events, including sea-level rise and flooding. The bill also … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce First Hearing in Series on Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19

May 07, 2021

Washington, DC - 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) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19 Part One: A View from The Private Sector." At the hearing, Members will examine federal space needs in the post-COVID-19 world. More information about the hearing, including … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Statements from Hearing on High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies

May 06, 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) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) during today's hearing titled, "When Unlimited Potential Meets Limited Resources: The Benefits and Challenges of High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies." Videos of DeFazio and Payne, Jr.'s opening statements are … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Applauds President Biden’s Focus on Infrastructure During Address to Congress: “Failing to Act on Infrastructure is No Longer an Option”

April 28, 2021

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress, during which the president urged Congress to act boldly on infrastructure: "Tonight, President Biden spoke directly and clearly to Congress and all of America about the urgent need to invest in our infrastructure in order to create good-paying jobs and restore the middle class, bolster … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Announce Hearing on High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies

April 28, 2021

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 Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "When Unlimited Potential Meets Limited Resources: The Benefits and Challenges of High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies." The hearing will feature twelve witnesses from a range of perspectives, exploring the … Continue Reading


Chair Titus Statement from Hearing on the Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration

April 28, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today's hearing titled, "Investing in America: Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration." Video of the opening statement from Chair Titus is here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair Titus: I'd like to welcome everyone to today's hearing. Thank you to … Continue Reading


Chair Larsen Statement from Hearing on Innovation in U.S. Aerospace

April 27, 2021

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, "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace." Video of Larsen's opening statement is here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair Larsen: Good morning and welcome to today's witnesses joining the Aviation Subcommittee's hearing titled "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace." This is a long … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Warns Proposed Class I Railroad Merger “Should Set Off Alarms Bells”

April 23, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) both made separate multi-billion dollar offers to buy Kansas City Southern (KCS), sparking a bidding war for the railroad and threatening to usher in a new round of consolidations in the rail sector, ultimately threatening jobs and affecting shipping in the U.S. "Multiple railroads are now seeking to … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration

April 23, 2021

Washington, DC - 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) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Investing in America: Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration." During this hearing, the subcommittee will receive testimony from stakeholders on the importance of reauthorizing the Economic … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Innovation in U.S. Aerospace

April 23, 2021

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, "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace." The hearing will examine how new aerospace users and technologies will affect the economy, transportation system, local communities, environment, and public good, as well as the federal government's role in ensuring the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Lead 15 Members on Legislation to Protect Public Health in the Aviation Sector During a Pandemic

April 22, 2021

The Healthy Flights Act of 2021 protects passengers and also ensures pilots, flight attendants, and other airline employees are provided masks and other protective equipment during pandemics, requires the development of a national aviation pandemic preparedness plan, commissions a study on transmission of infectious diseases in airplane cabins, and more The bill is supported by major labor groups representing flight attendants, pilots, airport workers, and more Fact Sheet | Section by … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Announce Rep. Bourdeaux Will Serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

April 21, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the 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 Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA) will serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment in the 117th Congress. The subcommittee's jurisdiction consists generally of matters relating to water resources development, conservation and management, water pollution control … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Payne Announce Rep. Strickland Will Serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

April 21, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the 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) announced Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA) will serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials in the 117th Congress. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Norton Announce Rep. Stanton Will Serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

April 21, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ) will serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit in the 117th Congress. The subcommittee has responsibility for the development of national surface transportation policy, construction and improvement of highway and transit facilities, implementation of … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Titus Announce Rep. Pappas Will Serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

April 21, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the 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) announced Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH) will serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management in the 117th Congress. The subcommittee's jurisdiction includes, but is not limited to, the authorization and oversight of … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Carbajal Announce Rep. Auchincloss Will Serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation

April 21, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) announced Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) will serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation in the 117th Congress. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the United States Coast Guard, over the regulation of vessels and seamen; international conventions related … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Announce Rep. Lamb Will Serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation

April 21, 2021

Washington, D.C. - 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 Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) will serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation in the 117th Congress. The Subcommittee on Aviation has jurisdiction over all aspects of civil aviation, including safety, infrastructure, labor, and international issues. "I welcome Representative Lamb to this new role on the Aviation … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure

April 21, 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) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure: Measures to Promote Resiliency and Climate Adaptation and Mitigation." Videos of opening statements from Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano are here and here. More … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Opening Statement from Committee Markup

April 21, 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 committee's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Views and Estimates. Video of DeFazio's opening statement is here. A livestream of the markup can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Before I comment on the document we plan to adopt in a moment-a document that serves as this Committee's North … Continue Reading


House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair DeFazio Announces Subcommittee Vice Chairs for the 117th Congress

April 21, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the full list of Vice Chairs for each of the Committee's six subcommittees for the 117th Congress. The six subcommittees and their Chairs and Vice Chairs are as follows: Subcommittee on Aviation: Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Vice Chair Conor Lamb (D-PA) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation: Chair Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and Vice Chair Jake Auchincloss … Continue Reading