Press Releases

Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Welcome DOT OIG Audit of the FAA’s Oversight of Boeing 737 and 787 Production

June 29, 2022

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) released the following joint statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General (DOT OIG) announced their audit of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of the production of Boeing's 737 and 787 aircrafts. "Today's announcement that the Department of Transportation's … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Letter Urges Secretary Buttigieg to Protect NTSB Independence Amid Growing Commercial Space Industry

June 24, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Buttigieg urging him to protect the independence of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regarding oversight of commercial space accidents. "Recently, … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Calls on FAA to Heed National Academies’ Recommendations Regarding Airplane Risk Assessment

June 22, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the National Academies shared its consensus study report evaluating the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Transport Airplane Risk Assessment Methodology (TARAM): "The TARAM report released today by the National Academies-mandated under my 2020 bipartisan aviation safety law-makes it very clear that the FAA can better fulfill its … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Responds to President Biden’s Call for a Federal Gas Tax Holiday

June 22, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement in response to President Biden's call for a three-month federal gas tax holiday: "Although well-intentioned, this policy would at best achieve only miniscule relief while blowing a $10 billion dollar hole in the Highway Trust Fund that would need to be filled if we want to continue to fix crumbling bridges, address the spike in traffic deaths, and … Continue Reading


Chair Titus’ Statement from Hearing on the Risks to GSA Facilities

June 22, 2022

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, "Capital Investment Program: Identifying Risk to GSA Facilities." Video of opening remarks from Chair Titus can be found here. More information on the hearing can be found here.Chair Titus:I'd like to welcome everyone to today's hearing and thank our witness, Ms. Nina … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Reiterates Opposition to “Short-Sighted” Federal Gas Tax Holiday

June 21, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement regarding the benefits of a "gas tax holiday" to bring down gas prices for American families: "As discussions on possibly suspending the federal gas tax continue, I urge my colleagues to see this for what it is: a short-sighted proposal that relies on the cooperation of oil companies to pass on miniscule savings to consumers - the same oil companies … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Carper, Colleagues File Amicus Brief Ahead of Supreme Court Case Aiming to Weaken Clean Water Protections

June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE) submitted an amicus brief alongside 165 current and former Members of Congress to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).In the amicus brief, the lawmakers assert that the Court, which will start its October 2022 term with this challenge from … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Hearing on Risk to General Services Administration Buildings, Including New Space Trends Post-COVID-19

June 17, 2022

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 a hearing titled, "Capital Investment Program: Identifying Risk to GSA Facilities." At the hearing, members will hear from the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Commissioner regarding risks to GSA facilities including chronic underfunding, the … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Advances Several Bills, Including Bill to Enhance the Safety of Foreign Repair Stations

June 15, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of legislation during a committee markup. The legislation is now ready for consideration on the House floor. "I am pleased that my committee passed bills today to strengthen the aviation sector and to help communities survive and recover from natural disasters. I'm particularly pleased my bill, the Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act, now known as the Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio and Vice Chair Davids Applaud House Passage of Legislation to Coordinate on New Aviation Technology

June 14, 2022

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Vice Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Sharice Davids (D-KS) applauded the House passage of the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, a bill within the jurisdiction of the committee. "Today, the House passed legislation that will help ensure a safe and thriving future for the aviation industry in the U.S.," Chair DeFazio said. "The … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to Hold Markup

June 14, 2022

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a markup on Wednesday, June 15, at 10:00 a.m. EDT to consider the following measures: Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R 7321, Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards ActH.R. 8049 American Aerospace Supply Chain Resiliency, Innovation, and AdvancementAct of 2022Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 1468, Securities and Exchange Commission Real Estate Leasing Authority Revocation … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Statements from Hearing on Freight Rail Safety

June 14, 2022

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, "Examining Freight Rail Safety."Video of Payne, Jr.'s opening statements can be found here. More information on the hearing can be found here.Chair DeFazio:I thank the chair for calling … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Applaud House Passage of Legislation to Foster Aviation Innovation

June 13, 2022

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) applauded the House passage of the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization (AAIM) Act. "Tonight, the House passed the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act to invest in the development of America's aviation future," Chair DeFazio said. "This legislation will help states and local communities to leverage … Continue Reading


Congress Approves Shipping Reform Legislation to Help Ease Supply Chain Challenges

June 13, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA), and Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded House passage of S. 3580, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, sending it to the President for his signature. This bipartisan and bicameral legislation was based on H.R. 4996, which passed the House in December, and will take key steps toward … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Announce Hearing on Freight Rail Safety

June 10, 2022

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, "Examining Freight Rail Safety." The purpose of this hearing is for members to learn about the current state of freight rail safety, in addition to hearing testimony on how to keep rail workers and our rail system safe. More … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Applaud House Passage of Bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2022

June 08, 2022

With the passage of WRDA 2022, Congress continues the tradition of enacting bipartisan WRDAs on a biennial basis to invest in America's water resources infrastructure 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) applaud House passage of the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022. WRDA 2022 will improve the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on Highway Safety

June 08, 2022

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 Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today's hearing titled, "Addressing the Roadway Safety Crisis: Building Safer Roads for All." Video of DeFazio and Norton's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Announce Hearing on Highway Safety

June 03, 2022

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, "Addressing the Roadway Safety Crisis: Building Safer Roads for All." The hearing will examine the current state of America's highways and explore programs from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will improve safety. More information about the … Continue Reading


Reps. DeFazio, Napolitano, and Huffman Applaud EPA Action to Permanently Protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine Project

May 25, 2022

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 F. Napolitano (D-CA), and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a revised Proposed Determination to block the Pebble Mine Project in Bristol Bay, Alaska-an important step to permanently protecting the region from harmful development. Chair … Continue Reading


WRDA 2022 Passes Out of Committee on a Bipartisan Vote, Heads to House Floor

May 18, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted to advance the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA) out of committee, and it now heads to the House floor for a vote. This legislation provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to carry out water resources development projects and studies. Passing WRDA is key to preserving our nation's economy, strengthening U.S. and international commerce, protecting our communities and … Continue Reading