Press Releases

Rahall Reelected as Top Democrat on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

December 05, 2012

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) was selected by the House Democratic Caucus this morning to serve as the Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the new Congress starting January 2013.  Rahall has been a Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for his entire tenure in Congress and served as the Committee’s top Democrat during the current Congress. “I am deeply grateful for the trust that my colleagues have again placed in … Continue Reading


Rahall Presses FEMA to Expedite West Virginia Disaster Assistance

December 04, 2012

Says Mountain State Residents ‘Deserve Answers’ from Agency Washington, DC - With thousands of West Virginia residents still waiting to hear if they will be eligible for individual disaster assistance following Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today pressed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that West Virginians affected by the Storm receive the full range of Federal assistance.  At a hearing … Continue Reading


Rahall Applauds Shuster for Responsible Approach to Addressing Highway Fund

November 29, 2012

Boehner Sharply Critical of Rahall for Similar Stance Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today applauded incoming Committee Chairman Bill Shuster for his recent comments that the Committee “look at all the options that are out there” in order to generate sustainable revenue for the Highway Trust Fund. Nearly identical comments from Mr. Rahall on the need to consider all options to bring the Trust Fund into balance drew … Continue Reading


Rahall Legislation to Reinforce Indian Tribal Sovereignty During Major Disasters Approved by House

September 20, 2012

Washington, D.C.- The House of Representatives has approved legislation authored by U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, that solidifies Indian Country’s tribal sovereignty during major disasters and emergency situations.  Rahall’s legislation was included as part of a larger bill to reauthorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which was approved by voice vote on Wednesday evening. “Passage of this … Continue Reading


House Approves Rahall Language to Update FEMA Guidelines in Response to Derecho Storm

September 20, 2012

Washington, DC - Following yesterday’s announcement that the President approved West Virginia’s appeal for Individual Assistance for those hardest hit by the June 29 Derecho storm, the House of Representatives has approved legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) that would require FEMA to reassess how it evaluates requests for Individual Assistance following future disasters. “West Virginia’s successful appeal for disaster assistance was welcome news for residents, but it was … Continue Reading


Committee Republicans Vote Down Needed Clean Water Infrastructure Investment for States

August 01, 2012

Leave Hunting and Fishing Grounds Exposed to Potential Destruction Washington, D.C. - House Transportation Infrastructure Committee Republicans today voted down legislation that would have provided desperately needed state funding for clean water infrastructure and created hundreds of thousands of family-wage jobs.  During a Committee markup, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Ranking Democratic Member Tim Bishop offered an amendment to H.R. 4278 to ensure that States had … Continue Reading


LATEST GSA FIASCO UNCOVERED BY NEW AGENCY CHIEF

July 19, 2012

LATEST GSA FIASCO UNCOVERED BY NEW AGENCY CHIEFRahall and Norton Applaud His Whistle Blowing Washington, D.C. - Two top ranking Democratic Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today commended Acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangerlini for blowing the whistle on additional abuses of taxpayer money at the agency.  Earlier this month Tangerlini called upon the GSA’s Inspector General to investigate lavish spending at a November 2010 agency performance award ceremony.  The … Continue Reading


Rahall Fights to Create American Transportation Jobs

May 18, 2012

Washington, D.C. - Continuing his efforts to protect and grow American jobs, U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, last night moved to strengthen “Buy America” requirements in long-term surface transportation legislation being considered by a House-Senate conference committee. Today, the House voted 245 to 169 to adopt Rahall’s effort to close loopholes in current law that are being exploited to send transportation … Continue Reading


Senior House Transportation Leaders Introduce Senate Transportation Bill, Urge Immediate Consideration

March 21, 2012

- Bill Creates or Saves More than 2 Million American Jobs - Washington, D.C. - Senior Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today joined with more than 80 Members of the House of Representatives to introduce the bipartisan job-creating Senate transportation bill that passed last week by a vote of 74 to 22 and called on House Republicans to abandon their partisan transportation bill and bring the Senate bill up for immediate consideration. “With more than 2.7 million … Continue Reading


BREAKING NEWS – CBO: Republican Surface Transportation Proposal Bankrupts Highway Trust Fund

February 13, 2012

- Republican Leadership’s Bill Falls $78 Billion Short Over Ten-Year Period - Washington, D.C. - According to a new analysis released this afternoon by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Republican Leadership’s surface transportation bill that the House is expected to act on later this week would bankrupt the Highway Trust Fund by 2016 and create a $78 billion funding shortfall over a ten-year period. “The Republican Leadership’s partisan signature ‘jobs’ bill is not … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on Administration’s Budget

February 13, 2012

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement after the Administration unveiled its Fiscal Year 2013 budget: “It was predictable that the arrival of the President’s budget on Capitol Hill would be met with partisan rhetoric and finger-pointing.  But given that it comes at a time when the Congress is poised to consider major legislation that could hold vast job-growing … Continue Reading


House Passes Long-Term FAA Authorization That Keeps West Virginia Rural Air Service Flying

February 03, 2012

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives today put its final seal of approval on a four-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will continue to ensure rural air service to communities in West Virginia and across the country through the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. “I am pleased that Congress has flat-out rejected the proposal of the original House-passed bill that would have terminated the Essential Air Service program, which directly … Continue Reading


Rahall: Let’s Put Americans Back to Work Rebuilding America

January 25, 2012

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: “I am pleased that the State of the Union address highlighted the need to create good jobs here in America.  We have a real opportunity - and responsibility - to create those jobs now by making adequate investments in our Nation’s crumbling surface transportation … Continue Reading


Rahall Unveils Major Proposal to Create American Jobs

December 01, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was joined by Committee Members, labor leaders, and a U.S. manufacturer today to introduce legislation to create American jobs and revitalize American manufacturing through Federal transportation and infrastructure investments. “We are here today because many Americans, still recovering from the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, are … Continue Reading


Rahall, Transportation Leaders to Unveil Major Proposal to Create American Jobs

November 30, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will be joined by Committee Members and transportation leaders tomorrow to unveil a major proposal to create American jobs. Who: Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), Ranking Member, Subcommittee on … Continue Reading


Rahall, Petri Unveil Legislation to Create Transportation Jobs for American Veterans

November 18, 2011

Washington, D.C. - To combat ongoing high unemployment among American veterans, U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and U.S. Representative Tom Petri (R-WI), Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to create transportation jobs for American veterans. “The brave men and women who have put their lives on the line in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere deserve to be at the front of … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on Republican Surface Transportation “Proposal”

November 17, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today held a press conference after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Chairman John Mica (R-FL) unveiled the House Republican ‘proposal’ for a long-term surface transportation reauthorization.  Below are Rahall’s remarks, as prepared for delivery: “Today, House Republicans announced a plan short on details but long on expectations to reauthorize our surface … Continue Reading


TODAY: Rahall, DeFazio to Hold Press Conference on House Republican Surface Transportation “Proposal”

November 17, 2011

***MEDIA ADVISORY***   TODAY: Rahall, DeFazio to Hold Press Conference on House Republican Surface Transportation “Proposal”               Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and U.S. Representative Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), top Democrat on the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, will hold a press conference today to discuss the House Republican “proposal” for a long-term surface transportation … Continue Reading


Rahall Addresses 2011 West Virginians for Better Transportation Conference

November 14, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today discussed the importance of investing in America’s transportation future to help grow West Virginia’s economy at the 2011West Virginians for Better Transportation Conference in Charleston, West Virginia. “Corporations, consumers, construction crews, and most of my colleagues in Congress all manage to see that America can emerge from this recession stronger … Continue Reading


Rahall to Address West Virginians for Better Transportation Conference

November 10, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will discuss the importance of transportation investments while addressing the 2011 West Virginians for Better Transportation Conference on November 14, 2011, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, West Virginia. The Committee is in the process of developing a multi-year surface transportation bill that Rahall hopes will address the growing backlog of … Continue Reading