Press Releases

Chair DeFazio Applauds Airlines for Voluntarily Adopting Masking Standards But Continues Push for Federal Requirement

May 01, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after leading U.S. airlines announced they would begin requiring cloth masks for frontline employees and passengers during check-in, boarding, in-flight, and deplaning in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19: "I'm encouraged to see airlines making public health a priority by requiring cloth masks during the pandemic for all passengers and the … Continue Reading


Thompson, DeFazio Urge Trump to Approve Assistance for FEMA to Pay for Coronavirus Victim Burials

May 01, 2020

May 1, 2020 (WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, released the following statement urging President Trump to release funding for FEMA to pay for burial costs for victims of COVID-19. In past disasters, FEMA has paid these costs: "The current coronavirus pandemic has not only been the deadliest disaster the country has faced in over a … Continue Reading


House Committee Overseeing FEMA Demands Answers about the Lack of Transparency of the Medical Supply Chain and Whether Distribution of Supplies Has Been Politically Motivated

April 29, 2020

Washington, D.C. - 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) are demanding answers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after numerous accounts of the agency redirecting or re-prioritizing urgently-needed protective gear and medical equipment amid allegations of political influence from the White House. The Chairs also … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Urges FAA Administrator to Require Face Masks for Passengers and Crew on All U.S. Flights and to Ensure Safe Spacing Between Passengers

April 29, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement: "As our Nation confronts this devastating public health crisis, it is incumbent on every Federal agency to provide clear, consistent requirements that put the health and well-being of all Americans first. Accordingly, today I urged FAA Administrator Dickson to require masks or other face coverings for all crewmembers and passengers on U.S. flights. I … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Maloney Respond to NTSB Investigation into the Table Rock Lake Duck Boat Accident

April 29, 2020

Washington, D.C. - 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 Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) responded to the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) findings into the deadly 2018 Table Rock Lake duck boat accident near Branson, Missouri. Among other factors, the NTSB faulted the U.S. Coast Guard for failing to implement safety recommendations made in 2000. "The … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Responds to Report Leader McConnell Won’t Support Infrastructure Investment for Future Coronavirus Response Plan

April 29, 2020

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly panned the idea of infrastructure investment for a future economic rescue package: "With tens of millions of Americans out of work and entire swaths of the economy shut down by a global health crisis, the country is now on the precipice of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Urge Airlines to Implement Flexible Cancellation Policies and Measures to Keep Airline Workers and Travelers Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 28, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Garret Graves (R-LA) called on U.S. airlines to relax their flight cancellation policies to the extent practicable and implement measures to ensure the safety of airline workers and … Continue Reading


Neal, DeFazio Urge Trump Administration to Support Motorcoach Industry Amid COVID-19 Crisis

April 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) requested Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell consider providing at least $5 billion in loans to over-the-road bus carriers under a program recently enacted by the CARES Act. The Economic Stabilization and Assistance to Severely Distressed Sectors of the U.S. Economy program allocates $454 … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Titus Press GSA for Answers Amid Reports Trump’s DC Hotel is Seeking Rent Relief from Federal Taxpayers

April 23, 2020

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) demanded answers from General Services Administration (GSA) head Emily Murphy amid reports the Trump Organization is looking for rent relief for its lease of the taxpayer-owned Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., that houses the Trump International Hotel. The … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Peters Urge Trump Administration to Waive Cost-Sharing Requirements for States Battling Coronavirus

April 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today called on President Trump to direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive all cost-share requirements for states responding to the global Coronavirus pandemic. On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency related to the outbreak, authorizing federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts. Under the Public Assistance program, emergency … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Respond to Trump Administration’s Finalization of Rule to Gut Federal Clean Water Protections

April 22, 2020

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) responded to the Trump administration's announcement that it has finalized its rule to roll back clean water protections over the Nation's rivers, streams, and wetlands, jeopardizing the safe drinking water of over a hundred million American households. "The Trump administration's move to roll back … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Slams FCC Approval of Ligado License Application

April 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) slammed a Federal Communications Commission decision to approve Ligado's application to use a portion of the L-band spectrum, which is also used for GPS, for a 5G network. The FCC approval comes despite widespread opposition from other Federal agencies, including the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In November 2019, DOT laid out specific concerns regarding … Continue Reading


COMMITTEE LEADERS DEMAND CHANGES TO EPA’S POLICY RELAXING ENFORCEMENT DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

April 21, 2020

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment Chairwoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) sent a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler demanding transparency and additional changes to the Agency's recently-announced guidance relaxing the enforcement of legal obligations during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Chairs also … Continue Reading


Citing Serious National Security, Safety and Economic Concerns, Chair DeFazio and Rep. Garamendi Call on FCC to Deny Ligado’s 5G License Application

April 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, citing risks to the reliability and function of Global Positioning System (GPS) radio navigation signals, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Committee Member Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to both withdraw his draft order and reject Ligado Networks' application for a license modification to facilitate 5G and Internet of Things services in the United … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on U.S. Treasury’s Newly-Announced Agreements That Will Save Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Aviation Jobs

April 14, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced agreements with 10 air carriers that will use Congressionally-approved grants to keep an estimated 750,000 airline employees on the payroll through September. Chair DeFazio authored the payroll grants provision in the House legislation that was ultimately enacted as part of the CARES Act. "Even … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Newly-Released Bridge Report Highlighting 1 in 3 U.S. Bridges are in Need of Repair

April 13, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) highlighted the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) newly-released analysis that shows 230,000 U.S. bridges are in need of repair and 46,000 are "structurally deficient" and in poor condition as another example of why we can't wait to invest in our infrastructure. Chair DeFazio has long urged significant Federal investment in the Nation's crumbling … Continue Reading


House Chairs Condemn President’s Assault on IGs

April 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. (Apr. 10, 2020)-Today, the chairs of multiple House Committees sent a lettercondemning President Donald Trump's assault on Inspectors General (IGs) and requesting direct input from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency on legislative and other proposals to increase the independence of IGs and protect them from retaliation. "Unlike any President in modern history, President Trump has engaged in offensive and unjustified attacks against Inspectors … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Reaffirm Bipartisan Opposition to Any Effort to Waive the Jones Act and Jeopardize U.S. Maritime Jobs

April 02, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Full Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Bob Gibbs (R-OH) released the following joint statement after reports that the Administration is considering waiving the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a U.S. law that requires American vessels be … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Joins Colleagues to Discuss Infrastructure Priorities for a Future Economic Stimulus Package

April 01, 2020

Springfield, OR - Today, days after Congress passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act to provide resources for public health and help for millions of workers and families, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, and Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone on a press call to discuss potential next steps for a long-term economic recovery package. Chair DeFazio … Continue Reading


House Committee Chairs Request Extension of Public Comment Periods During Coronavirus National Emergency

April 01, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Fourteen House Committee Chairs sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought today requesting an immediate extension of public comment periods, hearings and meetings due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Committee leaders asked that OMB direct agencies to extend public comment periods by at least 45 days beyond the end of the declared national emergency. The letter was signed by Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, … Continue Reading