Press Releases

Chair Larsen Statement from Hearing on "Looking Forward: Aviation 2050"

March 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled: "Looking Forward: Aviation 2050." Good morning and thank you to today's witnesses for joining the Subcommittee's discussion on "Aviation 2050." I want to start today by acknowledging the tragedy of Sunday's crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Eight Americans and 21 United Nations employees … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio: “Trump budget would shirk federal responsibility when it comes to our nation’s infrastructure”

March 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. -Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement in response to President Trump's budget release. "It's clear that our country needs significant federal investment to even begin to bring our nation's infrastructure to a state of good repair, so it's highly disappointing that once again, despite so much of his rhetoric over the past few years, the President put forth a budget that falls incredibly short. … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Highways and Transit to Hold Hearing to Examine Federal Surface Transportation Policy

March 08, 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, "Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to Meet 21st Century Needs." During the hearing, Members will consider whether and how Federal-aid highway and Federal transit policies need to change to ensure that our surface transportation network … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Aviation to Hold Hearing on Future of U.S. Aviation

March 08, 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) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Looking Forward: Aviation 2050." The hearing will explore the future of U.S. aviation and the National Airspace System (NAS), including how the NAS is evolving as a result of new aviation and aerospace technologies, as well as how new and future entrants (including … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on, “The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and Address Affordability Challenges”

March 07, 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 Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled: "The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and Address Affordability Challenges." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Madam … Continue Reading


Democratic Chairs Press Administration for Documents Withheld on FBI Headquarters Across Street from Trump Hotel in D.C.

March 06, 2019

Washington, D.C. (Mar. 6, 2019)-Today, the Chairs of five House Committees and Subcommittees sent a letter demanding documents that are currently being withheld by the Trump Administration relating to the decision to block the longstanding plan to relocate the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters to a suburban location-which would have allowed commercial developers to acquire the existing site and compete directly with the Trump Hotel across the street on Pennsylvania Avenue-and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Maloney Statements from Hearing on, “U.S. Maritime and Shipbuilding Industries: Strategies to Improve Regulation, Economic Opportunities, and Competitiveness”

March 06, 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: "U.S. Maritime and Shipbuilding Industries: Strategies to Improve Regulation, Economic Opportunities, and Competitiveness." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairman Maloney and Ranking Member … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano, Reps. Young, Katko Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Wastewater Infrastructure Challenges

March 05, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Representative Don Young (R-AK), and Representative John Katko (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019 to address America's crumbling wastewater infrastructure and local water quality challenges. "America's water infrastructure is in dire need of … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment to Examine the State of Our Clean Water System

March 01, 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 the Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and Address Affordability Challenges." The hearing will examine the current state of our clean water systems … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to Hold Hearing on the State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry

March 01, 2019

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 Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "U.S. Maritime and Shipbuilding Industries: Strategies to Improve Regulation, Economic Opportunities, and Competitiveness." The hearing will examine the state of the U.S. flag Maritime Industry and will hear testimony from the U.S. … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Statement from Hearing on, “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change”

February 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery by Committee Vice Chair Salud Carbajal, on behalf of Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) during today's hearing titled: "Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change." Chairman DeFazio was unable to attend today's hearing due to a snowstorm in Oregon. Welcome. Unfortunately, due to an unusually heavy snowstorm … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold its First Markup

February 26, 2019

Washington, DC- The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a Full Committee markup this Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 10:00 am in HVC 210, Capitol Visitor Center to consider the following measures: Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Views and Estimates of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure H.Con.Res. 16 - authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition H.Con.Res. 19 - … Continue Reading


REMINDER: Chairman DeFazio Announces Full Committee Hearing, “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change”

February 25, 2019

Washington, DC- Tomorrow the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing titled, "Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change." The hearing will examine the role the transportation sector plays in global warming, explore the dual track approach of mitigation and resiliency, and learn from experts in the public and private sectors whom have demonstrated pragmatic solutions for reducing carbon emissions and building … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Maloney React to Reports of Coast Guard Lieutenant’s Arrest Amid Plans to Commit Mass Domestic Terrorism

February 21, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) reacted to recent reports that a member of the United States Coast Guard was arrested after federal authorities discovered weapons in his home that authorities say he stored to launch a massive domestic terror attack targeting politicians and journalists. "The … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Announces Full Committee Hearing, “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change”

February 20, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the Full Committee will hold a hearing titled, "Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change." The hearing will examine the role the transportation sector plays in global warming, explore the dual track approach of mitigation and resiliency, and learn from experts in the public and private sectors whom have demonstrated … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Maloney Applaud Passage of Funding for Critical Coast Guard Program

February 15, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) celebrated House passage of The Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes critical funding for construction of the first Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter. "This funding for the Polar Security Cutter will help to address the need for future polar operations and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on, "Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impacts of The Shutdown"

February 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) during today's hearing titled: "Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impacts of The Shutdown." Remarks as delivered can be found here. Thank you, Chairman Larsen, for calling today's hearing on how the President's recent shutdown of the Federal Government affected the operations and workforce of the Federal Aviation … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Reflect on 10 Year Anniversary of Fatal Flight Colgan Air Flight 3407 Crash

February 12, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) shared comments in remembrance of the fatal Colgan Air crash that took 50 lives. On February 12, 2009, Continental flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, was scheduled for flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Buffalo, New York. Tragically, the flight never made its arrival. At approximately 10:17 PM the plane crashed into a … Continue Reading


Over 160 Representatives and 36 Senators Urge EPA to Extend Comment Period for Proposed WOTUS Rule

February 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and co-chair of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus Don Beyer (D-VA), led two letters sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Aviation Subcommittee Hearing, “Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impact of the Shutdown”

February 11, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman 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 first Subcommittee on Aviation hearing of the 116th Congress, "Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impact of the Shutdown". The hearing will examine how the recent 35-day partial shutdown of the Federal Government impacted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) functions and operations, as well as the U.S. … Continue Reading