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Committee Leaders Highlight Need for Updated U.S. Coast Guard Fleet Mix Analysis

March 01, 2021

Washington, DC - The bipartisan leadership of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee stressed to the U.S. Coast Guard the importance of an updated analysis of its fleet capabilities. Congress required the Service to provide an updated analysis, given the most recent version is outdated and no longer reflects current threats, missions, or recent experiences involving construction of new cutters. Transportation and … Continue Reading


Aviation Committee Leaders Request GAO Review of FAA’s NextGen Implementation

February 26, 2021

T&I leaders to GAO Comptroller General: "…we must remain vigilant about the numerous further uncertainties regarding FAA funding, the disruption of air travel due to COVID-19, and other factors that could affect NextGen implementation" 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 Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Garret Graves … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Subcommittee Hearing on COVID-19’s Effects on U.S. Aviation Sector

February 26, 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, "COVID-19's Effects on U.S. Aviation and the Flight Path to Recovery." This is the Subcommittee's first hearing in the 117th Congress. More information about the hearing, including testimony and a live webcast, can be found here once available. HEARING DETAILS The … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Call on GAO to Review Status of FAA’s Efforts to Integrate Drones into the Nation’s Airspace

February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) are requesting the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) review efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). UAS continue to provide Americans … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Statements on DOT Inspector General’s Second Report Regarding the Boeing 737 MAX

February 24, 2021

Washington, DC - 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 statements after the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General finalized the second of its two reports regarding the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. Chairs DeFazio and Larsen had requested the DOT IG investigation shortly after the second Boeing 737 MAX crash occurred in March … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on Equity in Transportation Safety Enforcement

February 24, 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 Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today's hearing titled, "Examining Equity in Transportation Safety Enforcement." Video of DeFazio and Norton's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Madam … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on the Urgent Need to Invest in America’s Wastewater Infrastructure

February 23, 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, "Building Back Better: The Urgent Need for Investment in America's Wastewater Infrastructure." Video of DeFazio and Napolitano's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Examining Equity in Transportation Safety Enforcement

February 19, 2021

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, "Examining Equity in Transportation Safety Enforcement." This is the first hearing of the Subcommittee in the 117th Congress. More information about the hearing, including witness testimony and a livestream, can be found here once available. … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Subcommittee Hearing on the Urgent Need to Invest in America’s Wastewater Infrastructure

February 19, 2021

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, "Building Back Better: The Urgent Need for Investment in America's Wastewater Infrastructure." This is the first hearing of the Subcommittee in the 117th Congress. More information about the hearing, including witness testimony and a … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Applauds Biden Administration for Rescinding Artificial Financing Barrier to Major Infrastructure Projects

February 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rescinded guidance the Trump administration put in place in June 2018 regarding Capital Investment Grant (CIG) projects. Chair DeFazio had urged the Biden administration to review the Trump-era guidance that meant Federal loans were counted as part of the entire Federal share of CIG projects, even though … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves Urge President Biden to Start Using Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Immediately to Maintain U.S. Ports and Harbors and Support American Jobs

February 12, 2021

DeFazio and Graves on full utilization of the HMTF: "This would directly benefit the countless businesses, industries, farmers, and workers whose livelihoods depend on coastal and inland harbors for the movement of goods and services" Thanks to WRDA 2020, billions of dollars in unused funds have been unlocked for their intended purpose - maintaining U.S. ports and harbors Washington, DC - House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member … Continue Reading


Following All-Day Markup, Committee Advances Key Portions of President Biden’s COVID Relief Legislation to Deliver Badly-Needed Aid to the American People

February 11, 2021

Washington, DC- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has advanced nearly $100 billion in badly-needed aid to the American people-including transportation workers whose jobs are at risk due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic-as part of President Biden's American Rescue Plan. "By approving this legislation, our Committee is moving forward with providing much-needed relief to the millions of transportation workers and rural and urban communities alike that have been devastated … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Full Committee Markup on Committee’s Portions of President Biden’s COVID Relief Proposal

February 10, 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 markup to consider legislative proposals to comply with the reconciliation directive included in section 2001 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, S. Con. Res. 5. Video of DeFazio's opening statement is here. More information on the markup can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Releases Details of T&I Budget Reconciliation Text, Calling the New Round of COVID Relief a “Critical Step” for Workers

February 09, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released new details of the COVID-19 relief proposal to help fill out President Biden's $1.9 trillion framework, the American Rescue Plan. The $1.9 trillion package, which includes nearly $100 billion within the Committee's jurisdiction, will deliver badly needed aid to the American people, including transportation workers whose jobs are at risk due to the ongoing economic downturn and the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on COVID-19’s Impacts on the U.S. Maritime Sector

February 09, 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 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic." Video of DeFazio and Carbajal's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Thompson Urge FAA, TSA to Enforce Federal Mask Mandate for Airline Passengers to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

February 09, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC-Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to closely coordinate with all stakeholders to enforce President Joe Biden's Federal mask mandate for airline passengers to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure passenger and frontline aviation and … Continue Reading


House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Hold Markup

February 08, 2021

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a Full Committee markup on Wednesday, February 10, at 11:00AM EST to consider the following measures: Legislative proposals to comply with the reconciliation directive included in section 2001 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, S. Con. Res. 5 (Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute) Other matters cleared for consideration. Members will appear by videoconference or in person in … Continue Reading


ICYMI: President Biden: “I Can Hardly Wait to Sit Down with Peter DeFazio to Work on Infrastructure” (VIDEO)

February 05, 2021

"We have a chance to do something big here" WASHINGTON, DC-Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today met with President Joe Biden and other members of House Democratic leadership to discuss the urgent need for another COVID-19 relief package. During the meeting, President Biden remarked that he "can hardly wait to sit down with Peter DeFazio to work on infrastructure," as the next major initiative to strengthen the staggering economy and create … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Hearing on COVID-19 Impacts on U.S. Maritime Industry

February 05, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House 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 the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic." This is the first Subcommittee hearing that newly-elected Chair Carbajal will preside over. More information about the hearing, including testimony and a live … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Full Committee Hearing on “Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps”

February 04, 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 hearing titled, "Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps." See video of Chair DeFazio's opening statement here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today, we are here to discuss one aspect of the COVID-19 … Continue Reading