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Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on “Building Prosperity: EDA’s Role in Economic Development and Recovery”

April 09, 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: "Building Prosperity: EDA's Role in Economic Development and Recovery." Chair DeFazio: Thank you Chairwoman Titus. This is the first time in several years that this committee … Continue Reading


As the Trump Administration Attempts to Carry Out the Largest Ever Rollback of Our Nation’s Clean Water Protections, Leading Members of Congress Urge Administration to Reverse Course Immediately

April 09, 2019

President Trump's Dirty Water Rule, now posted in the federal register, is currently open for public comment before it can be finalized Members of Congress: "…if the Dirty Water Rule is finalized, generations to come will point to this action as the moment where comprehensive water quality protections in the United States ceased to exist" An estimated 117 million Americans - one out of every three people - get their drinking water from sources fed by streams vulnerable to pollution … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on “Every Life Counts: Improving the Safety of our Nation’s Roadways”

April 09, 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 Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today's hearing titled: "Every Life Counts: Improving the Safety of our Nation's Roadways." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Norton and Ranking Member Davis, for holding this hearing. I am pleased that the Subcommittee is prioritizing … Continue Reading


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

April 08, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, the United States House of Representatives passed four bills from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, including legislation to help States develop and implement their own programs for managing nonpoint sources of water pollution; amend the Stafford Act to allow Federal employees to participate in the National Urban Search and Rescue Response system; authorize the use of the Capitol Grounds to honor our law enforcement; and authorize the use of the Capitol … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to Hold Hearing on the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and Investment in Nation’s Waterways

April 05, 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 Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and Investment in our Nation's Waterways Matter." The purpose of this hearing is to examine the key role that ports, harbors, and inland waterways play … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management to Hold Hearing on Economic Development Administration

April 05, 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, "Building Prosperity: EDA's Role in Economic Development and Recovery." The purpose of the hearing is to hear from stakeholders on the importance of reauthorizing the Economic Development Administration (EDA), its … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Highways and Transit to Hold Hearing on Safety

April 05, 2019

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, "Every Life Counts: Improving the Safety of our Nation's Roadways." The hearing will explore the safety of our Nation's roads and what can be done to lower the number of traffic-related fatalities and injuries. Additional details, including … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen, Maloney, Titus, Norton, Lipinski, and Napolitano Announce Subcommittee Vice Chairs

April 04, 2019

Subcommittee on Aviation Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) announced Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) will serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation in the 116th Congress. The Subcommittee on Aviation has jurisdiction over all aspects of civil aviation, including safety, infrastructure, labor, and international issues. "In just the first few months of … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Applaud FAA Announcement Ordering a Third-Party Review into Boeing 737 MAX

April 03, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Following the announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today that it will establish a Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) as part of its certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, 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: "I am glad the FAA is heeding our call to bring in an independent body into the certification … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Lipinski Statements from Hearing on “Pipeline Safety: Reviewing the Status of Mandates and Examining Additional Safety Needs”

April 02, 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 Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) during today's hearing titled: "Pipeline Safety: Reviewing the Status of Mandates and Examining Additional Safety Needs." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairman Lipinski and Ranking Member Crawford, for calling today's … Continue Reading


As Part of Investigation into Boeing 737 MAX Certification Process, Committee Sends Records Requests to FAA, Boeing

April 01, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent letters to both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing to request records related to the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The records and responses will help further the Committee's investigation. "As I have said before, the Committee's investigation will be deliberate, thorough, and effective," said Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR). "Understanding where things went wrong is … Continue Reading


T&I Leaders Call for Investigation of Training Provided to Foreign Pilots

March 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The leaders of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Aviation today requested a federal investigation of international pilot training standards and training for commercial pilots operating outside of the United States, including training for the Boeing 737 MAX. The request from Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), … Continue Reading


Committee Approves Slate of Legislation to Support the Coast Guard, Improve Aviation Safety and Protect Local Water Quality

March 27, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a full Committee markup and approved a slate of bipartisan measures by voice vote, including the Aviation Funding Stability Act, Notice to Airmen Improvement Act, Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act, legislation to require a report on the effects of Climate Change on the Coast Guard, Federal Disaster Assistance Coordination Act, Post-Disaster Assistance Online Accountability Act, legislation to amend the Robert T. … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Urge FAA to Conduct Third-Party Review into Boeing 737-MAX

March 26, 2019

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) sent a letter to Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), urging the FAA to engage an independent, third-party review composed of individuals with the technical skills and expertise to objectively assess the corrective measures proposed for the 737 MAX by Boeing. "As the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Urge FAA to Conduct Third-Party Review into Boeing 737-MAX

March 26, 2019

March 26, 2019 Daniel K. Elwell Acting Administrator Federal Aviation Administration 800 Independence Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20591 Dear Acting Administrator Elwell: It is imperative that any technical modifications proposed for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft as a result of the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accidents, which cost the lives of 346 people, including eight Americans, are comprehensive and reliable. As you know, Federal Aviation Administration … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Hearing on “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investment in our Nation’s Airports Matters”

March 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery by Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) during today's hearing titled: "The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investment in our Nation's Airports Matters." Before we begin this hearing, I would like to take a moment to provide an update on the important work this Committee is undertaking in response to the devastating Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold Markup

March 26, 2019

Washington, DC- The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a Full Committee markup this Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10:00 am in HVC 210, Capitol Visitor Center to consider the following measures: H.R. 1108 - Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 H.R. 1775- To establish a task force on NOTAM improvements, and for other purposes; H.R. 367 - Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019 H.R.1322 - To require a report on the effects of Climate Change on the Coast Guard; H.R. 1306 … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Encourages FAA/Boeing Employees to Utilize Whistleblower Page

March 22, 2019

Washington, DC- Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) is encouraging any current or former officials or employees of Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who are familiar with the FAA's aircraft certification program, to utilize the Committee's whistleblower webpage if they have any information that would be of interest to the Committee and its investigation into the FAA's approach to certifying the Boeing 737 MAX. The website … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Respond to EPA’s Decision to Not Extend Comment Period for Proposed WOTUS Rule

March 21, 2019

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) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to not extend the deadline for public comments on the revised definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). "Over 160 of our House Colleagues, 36 Senators, Governors, state officials, agencies, businesses, and … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Announces Full Committee Hearing, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investment in our Nation’s Airports Matters”

March 21, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the Full Committee will hold a hearing titled, "The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investment in our Nation's Airports Matters." The hearing will explore the state of U.S. airport infrastructure and opportunities for Congress to increase funding for projects that will increase the ability of airports to rehabilitate aging infrastructure and prepare for unprecedented passenger … Continue Reading