Press Releases

DeFazio Responds to Trump Administration’s “Skinny Budget”

March 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, issued the following statement following the release of the Trump Administration’s “Skinny Budget”: “Over the last few years, President Trump repeatedly promised the American people that he wanted to rebuild and replace our aging network of crumbling roads, bridges, airports, transit systems, railways, ports, and water systems. The President’s budget, released … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Larsen Introduce Legislation to Increase Airfare Transparency and Protect Consumer

March 08, 2017

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Douglas Wagoner (Larsen), 202-226-9716 Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced H.R. 1420, the Know Before You Fly Act. This legislation enhances and strengthens protections for air travelers during mass flight delays and … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Request IG Investigation of GSA Handling of Trump’s D.C. Hotel Lease

March 06, 2017

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Top Democrats Request IG Investigation of GSA Handling of Trump’s D.C. Hotel Lease GSA ignored requests for documents related to the apparent breach of the lease Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Massie Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Rebuild and Improve Nation’s Airports

March 01, 2017

The legislation would raise tens of billions of dollars for airports without increasing the deficit Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 1265, the Investing in America: Rebuilding America’s Airport Infrastructure Act. This legislation will generate billions of dollars each year to help our airports rebuild and rehabilitate aging terminals, runways, and … Continue Reading


DeFazio Reacts to President Trump's Address to Congress

February 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to President Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress on February 28, 2017. Following are DeFazio's remarks: “I have long advocated for increased investment in the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems, and President Trump has repeatedly said that he wants to invest in infrastructure and that he supports Buy America. He briefly reiterated those … Continue Reading


DeFazio Sends Letter to Trump, Offers Three Solutions to Invest in American Infrastructure

February 07, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) offered three solutions to repair the nation’s ports, airports, roads, bridges and transit without adding to the deficit. “These Investing in America initiatives will better enable U.S. businesses to export goods, level the playing field with our foreign competitors, and create and sustain family-wage jobs in the United States,” said DeFazio. Investing in Roads, Bridges, … Continue Reading


DeFazio Announces Democratic Subcommittee Ranking Members, Vice Ranking Member for Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

January 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the Democratic Subcommittee Ranking Members of the Committee for the 115th Congress. Full subcommittee rosters will be announced next week. Subcommittee on Aviation Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency … Continue Reading


Top Oversight and Transportation Committee Dems Request Information on GSA’s Steps to Address President Trump’s Apparent Breach of D.C. Hotel Lease

January 22, 2017

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 23, 2017)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Reps. Gerry Connolly and André Carson sent a letter requesting information regarding how the General Services Administration (GSA) is addressing President Donald Trump’s apparent breach of the Old Post Office lease agreement. “Two key events have … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Larsen React to DOT IG’s Report on FAA Contingency Plans

January 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement on a new Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) report that outlines the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) contingency plans for recovery from large-scale disruptions to the air traffic system: “U.S. airspace is the busiest and most complex in the … Continue Reading


DeFazio Announces Democratic Roster for Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the 27 Democratic Members of the Committee for the 115th Congress. Twenty-one of the Members served on the Committee in the previous Congress. The Democrats welcome five Members new to the Committee and one returning member, who represent districts in California, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and Michigan. Subcommittee Ranking Members will be elected in the coming … Continue Reading


DeFazio Re-Elected Top Democrat on House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after being unanimously re-elected the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: “As Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I have demonstrated an ability to both work with my Republican counterparts on the Committee, and to aggressively fight for Democratic priorities. In the coming Congress, I will be prepared to work with the majority … Continue Reading


DeFazio Urges President-Elect Trump to Use Existing Funds for Critical Dredging Projects

January 04, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, urging him to keep his commitment to invest in infrastructure and take the necessary actions to make the $9 billion balance of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund immediately available to dredge the nation’s ports and inland harbors. “Today, approximately $9 billion in already collected tax revenues sits idle in the Harbor … Continue Reading


Over 100 Members of Congress Urge President-Elect Trump to Protect American Jobs and Security, Reject NAI

December 19, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee member John Katko (R-NY) led over 100 Members of Congress on a bipartisan letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, urging him to reverse a decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation to … Continue Reading


GSA Says Trump Must Fully Divest Ownership of D.C. Hotel to Avoid Breach

December 14, 2016

Washington, D.C. (Dec. 13, 2016)-Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Rep. André Carson, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, sent a letter to the General Services … Continue Reading


DeFazio Statement on the House Passage of WRDA

December 08, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN), which authorizes funding for the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) navigation, flood control, and environmental restoration projects. "For months, I worked with my Republican counterparts on a WRDA bill that strengthened coastal … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio Reacts to DOT Decision to Grant NAI Permit

December 02, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member DeFazio released the following statement following DOT's decision to grant NAI Permit: "Today, the Department of Transportation granted Norwegian Air International's U.S. foreign air carrier permit. DOT's decision has guaranteed a race to the bottom in our transatlantic aviation market. 'Norwegian' is a virtual airline, set up under a flag of convenience to exploit weak labor laws in other countries like Singapore, save money, and undercut … Continue Reading


Top Oversight and Transportation Committee Dems Request Briefing and Documents from GSA on President-Elect Trump’s D.C. Hotel Lease

November 30, 2016

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 30, 2016)-Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member of the and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Rep. André Carson, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, sent a letter to the General Services … Continue Reading


Transportation Democrats to Republican Leaders: Don’t Shortchange Surface Transportation Funding in the Continuing Resolution

November 28, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, top Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter to leaders on the House Committee on Appropriations, urging them to fully fund job-creating investments in our transportation infrastructure in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR). In December 2015, Congress enacted the FAST Act, which increased badly needed investment in our Nation's transportation infrastructure by almost $2.4 billion over fiscal year 2016. Given the … Continue Reading


Democrats Raise Serious Concerns Facing Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan

November 15, 2016

Washington, D.C.-- Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) again highlighted major concerns about security, safety, and implementation issues facing any proposal to privatize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system. Their comments come on the same day that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that aviation experts are deeply divided and unable to … Continue Reading


Democratic Committee Leaders Ask DOT to Investigate Colonial Pipeline Company

November 02, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ),Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power Ranking Member Bobby Rush (D-IL), Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Ranking Member Michael Capuano (D-MA), and Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) … Continue Reading