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House Passes Bills From Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Sending Them to the Senate

October 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed four bills from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, including bipartisan legislation to unlock the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. H.R. 2440 would increase investments in critical harbor and port projects by helping ensuring that the funds currently collected to dredge our nation's coastal and inland commercial ports are actually used for harbor maintenance. "I am pleased that several bipartisan Transportation and … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold Markup

October 28, 2019

Washington, DC- The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a Full Committee markup this Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 10:00 am in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building to consider the following measures: Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 1497, Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019 Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 4719, FISH SAFE Act H. Con. Res. 37, Expressing support for designation of October 28 as "Honoring the … Continue Reading


REMINDER: Full Committee Hearing titled, “The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft”

October 25, 2019

Washington, DC- Reminder, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, titled "The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft." Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to help the Committee plan accordingly. HEARING DETAILS "The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft" Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10:00 a.m. 2167 Rayburn House … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Responds to Reports Trump Family Considers Selling Hotel in Old Post Office Building

October 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after media reports of the Trump Organization looking to sell its hotel currently housed in the federally-owned Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. "I issued a subpoena just yesterday to get answers about what I believe is the illegal nature of the lease and a violation of the emoluments clauses because the American people have a right to … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statement on Lion Air Crash Report

October 25, 2019

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) issued the following statements after Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee released its report on the Lion Air flight 610 crash. The report comes ahead of the Committee's scheduled hearing on Wednesday, October 30, titled "The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft." … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Issues Subpoena to GSA for Key Documents Related to Old Post Office Lease

October 24, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued a subpoena to the General Services Administration (GSA) for key documents regarding the federal lease with the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. GSA failed to comply with multiple requests from Chair DeFazio and the Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV), who are conducting Congressional … Continue Reading


DeFazio Responds to Yet Another Attack on the Jones Act by the Trump Administration

October 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announcement of a "Customs Bulletin Notice" that will modify and revoke certain rulings that affect the application of the Jones Act to offshore oil and gas production. "While I applaud the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for concluding their decade long process, I have very serious concerns about new determinations on the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on Pebble Mine Project

October 23, 2019

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: "The Pebble Mine Project: Process and Potential Impacts." Chair DeFazio: Let me state, right from the start, that the Pebble Mine proposal is a bad idea made even worse by the sham review process … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Newly-Released Traffic Fatality Report

October 22, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) reacted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHSTA) announcement that roadway fatalities are down 2.4%, though pedestrian and cyclist deaths are up 3.4 percent and 6.3 percent respectively. "While total traffic fatalities are down from last year, 36,560 deaths is still an unacceptable number. It's especially troubling to see deaths among cyclists and pedestrians … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on Assessment of Federal Recovery Efforts After Catastrophic Disaster Seasons

October 22, 2019

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 Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today's hearing titled: "An Assessment of Federal Recovery Efforts from Recent Disasters." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairwoman Titus. It's hard to believe that we're already at the two-year … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Criticizes FAA for Further Delay of Rule on Installations of Secondary Cockpit Barriers

October 21, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to Stephen Dickson, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) raising concern over reports the agency will conduct a full rulemaking process instead of simply requiring installation of secondary cockpit barriers on all new airplanes. Last year, Chair DeFazio fought to include a provision in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 directing FAA to issue an … Continue Reading


In New Letter to Transportation Secretary Chao, Chair DeFazio Sharply Questions Why Outrageous Emails Related to the Boeing 737 MAX Are Only Now Being Revealed, Months after Committee’s Initial Request

October 18, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sharply criticized the Federal Aviation Administration's failure to provide key emails to the Committee and called on U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to fully cooperate with the Committee's outstanding request for records and provide unredacted emails immediately. The letter comes after the FAA released a second batch of key messages and documents in one day … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to Hold Hearing on Pebble Mine Project

October 18, 2019

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), announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "The Pebble Mine Project: Process and Potential Impacts." More information about the hearing, including witness testimony, additional background information, and live webcast, can be found here once available. HEARING DETAILS "The … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Assessment of Federal Recovery Efforts After Catastrophic Disaster Seasons

October 18, 2019

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, "An Assessment of Federal Recovery Efforts from Recent Disasters." More information about the hearing, including witness testimony, additional background information, and live webcast, can be found here once … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Slams Trump Administration for Moving Ahead on LNG-by-Rail Rulemaking Despite Lack of Information about Risk to Public Safety

October 18, 2019

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement of a proposed rule to move forward with their plan to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail. "I'd like to say I'm surprised by this announcement from the Trump Administration, but, alas, implementing reckless plans for special interests without regard for those who may be affected is pretty standard for this … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Blasts Boeing about Newly-Revealed Messages: This is not about one employee, this is about a failure of safety culture

October 18, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the release of an instant message chain between two Boeing employees: "Today we received documents from Boeing, which apparently they have had in their possession for several months, including the outrageous instant message chain between two Boeing employees indicating Boeing withheld damning information from the FAA. This exchange is shocking, … Continue Reading


Congressional Delegation to Travel to Florida for Field Roundtable on WRDA

October 18, 2019

Washington, D.C. - For your planning purposes, Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) and Vice-Chair Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) announced the Subcommittee will hold a field roundtable in Founders Park, Islamorada, Florida, on Saturday, October 19, 2019 titled "America's Water Resources Infrastructure: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act." Discussion will focus on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' water infrastructure … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Prepared to Issue Subpoena to Obtain Key Documents on Trump’s DC Hotel Lease

October 18, 2019

Washington, DC - 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) warned the head of the General Services Administration (GSA) that the Committee will be forced to use a subpoena to obtain key documents related to the federal lease with the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. if the documents are not supplied by Wednesday, October 23, … Continue Reading


After Two Largest Ride Hailing Companies Choose Not to Participate in Congressional Hearing on Safety, Labor and Regulatory Issues, Chairs DeFazio, Norton Put Their Questions to Uber and Lyft in Writing

October 18, 2019

Washington, DC - 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) sent letters to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft CEO Logan Green pressing them for answers on critical safety, labor, and regulatory questions. This comes after the companies' failure to participate at a congressional hearing yesterday. As Chair DeFazio stated in the hearing, the Committee will move ahead … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Maloney Statements from Hearing on China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative

October 17, 2019

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 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) during today's hearing titled: "China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative: Implications for the Global Maritime Supply Chain." Chair DeFazio: Chairman Maloney, thank you for scheduling this afternoon's hearing to assess … Continue Reading