Press Releases

Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Press Assistant Secretary of the Army for Documents Related to the Trump Administration’s Rollback of Clean Water Protections

October 01, 2020

Members to Assistant Secretary James: "The [Trump administration's] Dirty Water Rule ignores the fact that Americans depend on clean water for our health and the health of our communities and economy. We need clean water upstream to have healthy communities downstream" 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) sent a letter to … Continue Reading


T&I Committee Advances Several Bills During Full Committee Markup, Including Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Aviation Safety

September 30, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of bipartisan measures during a Full Committee markup, including legislation to strengthen the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) certification process and ease financial burdens on states and local governments during emergencies and major disasters. "For the past 18 months, the Boeing 737 MAX has been synonymous with the tragic loss of 346 innocent people, a broken safety culture at Boeing, … Continue Reading


Opening Statements from Chairs DeFazio and Larsen During Full T&I Committee Markup that Includes Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Aviation Safety Following Two Deadly Crashes Involving the Boeing 737 MAX

September 30, 2020

The "Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act" addresses recommendations included in the Committee's 238-page report, prepared by Majority Staff, that lays out the serious flaws and missteps in the design, development, and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 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 Aviation Rick Larsen … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Applauds Inclusion of T&I Provisions, Including Payroll Support Program Extension, in House Democrats’ Latest COVID-19 Relief Package

September 29, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) applauded the House Democrats' newly-released COVID-19 relief package for including multiple provisions offered by the Committee, including critical relief for aviation workers. The relief package also includes much-needed aid to sustain public transit, Amtrak, and airports, all of which have seen passenger traffic drop precipitously amid the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue Reading


T&I Leaders Unveil Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen FAA’s Certification Process and Improve the Regulatory System

September 28, 2020

The comprehensive bill, which includes nearly 30 different sections, locks in new requirements on the disclosure of safety-critical information, increases civil penalties for violations, provides resources to FAA to recruit and retain highly-qualified staff, strengthens whistleblower protections, requires focused reviews of pilot training standards, and more Bill Text| Section-by-Section Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold Markup

September 28, 2020

Washington, DC- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a Full Committee markup Wednesday, September 30, at 10:00AM EDT to consider the following measures: H.R.____ (introduction pending), Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 8266, FEMA Assistance Relief Act of 2020 Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 4358, Preliminary Damage Assessment Improvement Act of 2019 H.R. 8326, CED … Continue Reading


Opening Remarks from Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano and Vice Chair Mucarsel-Powell During Subcommittee Hearing on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and Water Management in Florida

September 24, 2020

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), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) during today's hearing titled, "The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and Water Management in Florida." Chair DeFazio: Thank … Continue Reading


Opening Statements from Chairs DeFazio, Norton and Larsen from Hearing on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

September 23, 2020

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), Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled: "Driving Equity: The U.S. Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program." Chair DeFazio: Today's hearing is focused on the … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves Issue Statements on One-Year Surface Transportation Extension included in CR

September 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) released the following statements after Congressional leaders unveiled a Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY2021, which includes a one-year extension of current surface transportation authorization funding levels: "While we had hoped to reach an agreement between the House and the Senate this year on a modern, multi-year surface transportation … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen: Newly Released Office of Inspector General Report Highlights Serious Concerns About Current Airplane Evacuation Standards

September 18, 2020

According to the OIG report, the most recent update to FAA standards was based on an accident that occurred nearly 30 years ago Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee Rick Larsen (D-WA) called attention to a new audit from the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG), which examined whether the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is effectively ensuring … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Announce Subcommittee Hearing on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and Water Management in Florida

September 18, 2020

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Grace Napolitano (D-CA) announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and Water Management in Florida." Members will appear by videoconference or in person in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Additional details, including witness lists, can be found here once … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Announces Hearing on the U.S. DOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

September 18, 2020

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced a Full Committee hearing titled, "Driving Equity: The U.S. Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program." Members will appear by videoconference or in person in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Additional details, including witness lists, can be found here once available. The hearing will be livestreamed through the House Transportation and … Continue Reading


After 18-Month Investigation, Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Release Final Committee Report on Boeing 737 MAX

September 16, 2020

From the Report: "The MAX crashes were… a horrific culmination of a series of faulty technical assumptions by Boeing's engineers, a lack of transparency on the part of Boeing's management, and grossly insufficient oversight by the FAA" Washington, D.C. - 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 Committee's final report on the Boeing 737 MAX. This report, … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Thompson, Titus, Lowey, and Roybal-Allard Introduce Legislation to Reduce Financial Burdens on States and Communities Facing Emergencies, including Wildfires and Hurricanes, amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 16, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV), Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced legislation to adjust the Federal cost share of certain … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Lipinski, and Wexton Applaud Amtrak President and CEO William Flynn for Committing to Not Send Jobs Overseas

September 11, 2020

In announcing his decision, Flynn credited a recent letter sent by DeFazio, Lipinski, and Wexton for bringing the matter to his attention Flynn's commitment came in response to questioning by Rep. Stephen Lynch during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Hearing Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), and … Continue Reading


Huffman, DeFazio Announce Essential Air Service Agreement for Crescent City

September 11, 2020

San Rafael, CA - Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, shared the announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved the application submitted by the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority on behalf of the community of Crescent City, California, for the continuation of service provided under the current Alternate Essential Air Service grant to Contour Airlines. "As is often the … Continue Reading


In Letter to National Archives Watchdog, Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Request Investigation into Destruction of Records by the Trump EPA

September 09, 2020

DeFazio and Napolitano to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) OIG: "We are concerned that EPA's destruction of documents and records may leave Americans in the dark about the quality of their waterways and environment" Washington, D.C. - 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)-which has jurisdiction over several U.S. Environmental … Continue Reading


Chair Lipinski Opening Remarks from Hearing on Amtrak’s Response to COVID-19

September 09, 2020

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) during today's hearing titled: "Amtrak's Response to COVID-19." Chair Lipinski: Good morning. I want to welcome everyone to today's Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee's hearing on Amtrak's response to COVID-19. As you can see, we are doing a hybrid hearing today with most members and … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Lipinski and Wexton Call Out Amtrak for Attempting to Send Work Overseas

September 08, 2020

The current Request for Proposal for eCommerce and Mobile Development would allow certain work to be offshored Members of Congress express outrage over RFP: "While Amtrak's employees have always been vital to the company's success, recent months have shown just how essential these workers are to keeping our country moving forward" Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Lipinski Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Amtrak’s Response to COVID-19

September 04, 2020

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, "Amtrak's Response to COVID-19." Members will appear by videoconference or in person in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Additional details, including witness lists, can be found here once available. The hearing will be … Continue Reading