Press Releases

DeFazio to Trump: When Does the Real Infrastructure Week Start?

June 08, 2017

DeFazio to Trump: When Does the Real Infrastructure Week Start? DeFazio attacks Trump’s claims that infrastructure needs can be solved by gutting environmental protections Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) slammed President Trump for failing to produce any proposals to address the real needs of our crumbling infrastructure during his so-called “Infrastructure Week”. This week, the president … Continue Reading


DeFazio Statement for Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Hearing with Secretary Elaine Chao

June 08, 2017

DeFazio Statement for Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Hearing with Secretary Elaine Chao Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) submitted the following remarks at the June 8, 2017 hearing on Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Federal Aviation Administration Authorization. Statement of the Honorable Peter A. DeFazio Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on “Building … Continue Reading


Transportation Democrats Reject Trump Plan to Privatize Public Airspace, Offer Targeted Solutions to Improve FAA

June 06, 2017

Transportation Democrats Reject Trump Plan to Privatize Public Airspace, Offer Targeted Solutions to Improve FAA Washington, D.C. - Today, Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure rejected President Trump’s plan to privatize our public airspace, and instead introduced, H.R. 2800, The Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2017, legislation to strengthen and reform the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its air traffic control (ATC) system. The legislation, … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio Reacts to Trump Administration ATC Privatization Proposal

June 04, 2017

Washington, D.C.- "Today, the Trump Administration announced principles for modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system by privatizing it. Privatization was a bad idea when it was proposed in the last Congress, and it remains a bad idea today despite President Trump's support. In fact, according to the Trump budget, this proposal would increase the deficit by at least $46 billion. "For the last two years, a bipartisan group of opponents of air traffic control privatization have raised … Continue Reading


ICYMI: DeFazio Makes the Case Against Air Traffic Control Privatization

May 18, 2017

ICYMI: DeFazio Makes the Case Against Air Traffic Control Privatization In case you missed it, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) delivered the following remarks at the May 17, 2017 hearing on “The Need to Reform FAA and Air Traffic Control to Build a 21st Century Aviation System for America”. Delivered remarks can be found here. DeFazio’s first round of questions can be found here. DeFazio’s second round of … Continue Reading


Top Transportation Committee Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Clean Water, Create American Jobs

May 17, 2017

Top Transportation Committee Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Clean Water, Create American Jobs Washington, D.C. -- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would help … Continue Reading


DeFazio to U.S. Airlines: Get Your House In Order

May 03, 2017

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath Adler (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 DeFazio to U.S. Airlines: Get Your House In Order In case you missed it, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) delivered the following remarks at the May 2, 2017 oversight hearing on U.S. airline customer service. Delivered remarks can be found here. Remarks as prepared for delivery are below Statement of the … Continue Reading


Oregon Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Communities, Establish Emergency Response Fund for Rail Accidents

April 28, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Justin Discigil (Walden), 202-225-6730 Nicole L’Esperance (Blumenauer), 202-225-4811 Maggie Rousseau (Bonamici), 202-754-1649 Oregon Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Communities, Establish Emergency Response Fund for Rail Accidents Washington, D.C. - Today, members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation introduced the bipartisan Community Protection and Preparedness … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Protect U.S. Aviation Jobs from Unfair Competition

April 26, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Douglas Wagoner (Larsen), 202-226-9716 Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Protect U.S. Aviation Jobs from Unfair Competition Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), and … Continue Reading


Top House and Senate Democrats Blast GSA For New Partisan Policy That Allows Agency to Ignore Democratic Requests

April 06, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 6, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (House T&I), 202-225-4472 Christine Brennan (Senate EPW), 202-224-8832 Top House and Senate Democrats Blast GSA For New Partisan Policy That Allows Agency to Ignore Democratic Requests Washington, D.C. -- Today, top Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works sent a letter to Acting Administrator of the U.S. General Services … Continue Reading


Kelly, DeFazio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Guarantee Maintenance of Nation’s Ports and Harbors

April 04, 2017

Press Release: April 5, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), (202) 225-4472 Tom Qualtere (Kelly), (202) 225-5406 Kelly, DeFazio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Guarantee Maintenance of Nation’s Ports and Harbors Washington, D.C. -- Today, Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), introduced H.R. 1908, the Investing in America: Unlocking the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Norton to Chao: We Cannot Streamline Our Way Out Of Our Transportation Funding Shortfall

April 04, 2017

Press Release: April 5, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 DeFazio, Norton to Chao: We Cannot Streamline Our Way Out Of Our Transportation Funding Shortfall Washington, D.C. -- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine … Continue Reading


DeFazio Introduces Investing in America: A Penny For Progress Act to Boost Investments for the Nation’s Roads, Bridges, and Transit Systems

March 21, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced H.R. 1664, the Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act, which provides approximately $500 billion in infrastructure investment to rebuild our crumbling network of roads, bridges, and transit systems. “From the first day of his campaign in 2015, President Trump promised to rebuild the nation’s crumbling network of roads, bridges, transit systems, … Continue Reading


DeFazio Responds to Trump Administration’s “Skinny Budget”

March 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, issued the following statement following the release of the Trump Administration’s “Skinny Budget”: “Over the last few years, President Trump repeatedly promised the American people that he wanted to rebuild and replace our aging network of crumbling roads, bridges, airports, transit systems, railways, ports, and water systems. The President’s budget, released … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Larsen Introduce Legislation to Increase Airfare Transparency and Protect Consumer

March 08, 2017

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Douglas Wagoner (Larsen), 202-226-9716 Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced H.R. 1420, the Know Before You Fly Act. This legislation enhances and strengthens protections for air travelers during mass flight delays and … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Request IG Investigation of GSA Handling of Trump’s D.C. Hotel Lease

March 06, 2017

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Top Democrats Request IG Investigation of GSA Handling of Trump’s D.C. Hotel Lease GSA ignored requests for documents related to the apparent breach of the lease Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Massie Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Rebuild and Improve Nation’s Airports

March 01, 2017

The legislation would raise tens of billions of dollars for airports without increasing the deficit Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 1265, the Investing in America: Rebuilding America’s Airport Infrastructure Act. This legislation will generate billions of dollars each year to help our airports rebuild and rehabilitate aging terminals, runways, and … Continue Reading


DeFazio Reacts to President Trump's Address to Congress

February 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to President Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress on February 28, 2017. Following are DeFazio's remarks: “I have long advocated for increased investment in the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems, and President Trump has repeatedly said that he wants to invest in infrastructure and that he supports Buy America. He briefly reiterated those … Continue Reading


DeFazio Sends Letter to Trump, Offers Three Solutions to Invest in American Infrastructure

February 07, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) offered three solutions to repair the nation’s ports, airports, roads, bridges and transit without adding to the deficit. “These Investing in America initiatives will better enable U.S. businesses to export goods, level the playing field with our foreign competitors, and create and sustain family-wage jobs in the United States,” said DeFazio. Investing in Roads, Bridges, … Continue Reading


DeFazio Announces Democratic Subcommittee Ranking Members, Vice Ranking Member for Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

January 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the Democratic Subcommittee Ranking Members of the Committee for the 115th Congress. Full subcommittee rosters will be announced next week. Subcommittee on Aviation Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency … Continue Reading