Press Releases

After Request from Chair DeFazio and Others, New GAO Study Confirms Trains Are Getting Longer and Will Likely Continue to Increase in Length in Coming Years

July 01, 2019

GAO study released today finds trains now run three miles long on some routes Washington, DC - Today, a group of House lawmakers, led by 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), announced the results of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the impact of train lengths. The study showed that while the average train length has … Continue Reading


As Trump Administration Attempts to Fast-Track Authorization to Move LNG by Rail Tank Car, Chair DeFazio, Rep. Malinowski Call on PHMSA to Disclose Risks to Public and Extend Public Comment Period

June 28, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Representative Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) sent a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requesting the agency extend its public comment period for at least an additional 30 days on the special permit it is considering that would allow the movement of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail in Florida. Currently, the Department of Transportation … Continue Reading


Committee Approves Slate of Legislation Authorizing Funds for the Coast Guard, Banning Smoking on Amtrak, Supporting Nursing Rooms in Small Airports, and Streamlining Land Acquisition Projects

June 26, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of bipartisan measures by voice vote, including the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019, Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act, Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act, and Small Airports Mothers' Rooms Act. "Today's markup is another win for bipartisanship on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee," said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR). "Legislation … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio-Authored Legislation Ensuring Coast Guard Paychecks During Government Shutdown Passes Committee

June 26, 2019

Washington, DC- Today Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced that his legislation to ensure members of the United States Coast Guard - our nation's fifth military service - receive paychecks, in the event of a federal government shutdown, was approved during a Committee markup. The original legislation, the Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019 (H.R. 367), was adopted as part of a manager's amendment to the Coast Guard Authorization … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on “Protecting and Restoring America’s Iconic Waters”

June 25, 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 F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled: "Protecting and Restoring America's Iconic Waters." Chair DeFazio: Estuaries are critical water bodies for the ecological and economic health of our communities, and there is a national interest in … Continue Reading


House Passes Rep. DeFazio Amendment to Stop Trump Administration from Fast-Tracking Authorization to Move LNG by Rail Tank Car

June 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to H.R. 3055 offered by Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, that would prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from finalizing a rulemaking and issuing a special permit to allow the transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by rail tank car. A comment period on the special permit is set to close July 8, 2019. President Trump issued an Executive Order on … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold Markup

June 24, 2019

Washington, DC- The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a Full Committee markup this Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 10:00 am in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building to consider the following measures: H.R. 3409, Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019 H.R. 2548, Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act H.R. 2726, Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019 H.R. 3362, Small Airports Mothers' Rooms Act of 2019 Other matters cleared for consideration. More information about the … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019

June 21, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and Ranking Member Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize funds for, reinforce, and support the United States Coast Guard. H.R. 3409, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019 (CGAA 2019), is legislation that reauthorizes … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to Hold Hearing on “Protecting and Restoring America’s Iconic Waters”

June 21, 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, "Protecting and Restoring America's Iconic Waters." The purpose of this hearing is to review the successes, challenges, and need for continued funding for restoration efforts related to the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, San Francisco Bay, … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Highways and Transit to Hold Roundtable on Mobility on Demand

June 21, 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 roundtable titled, "Examining the Role of Mobility on Demand (MOD) in Surface Transportation Policy." The purpose of this roundtable is to learn from stakeholders about new opportunities for and challenges faced by transit agencies, cities, and mobility providers … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Lipinski and 51 House Members Press Amtrak CEO For Answers About Reported Decision to Reduce the Number of Amtrak Police

June 20, 2019

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), and 51 Members sent a letter to the President and CEO of Amtrak expressing concerns over possible cuts to Amtrak's Police Department (APD) that will result in fewer security forces on duty. The workforce reduction would come as incidents on Amtrak's network have increased in recent … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on “Status of the Boeing 737 MAX: Stakeholder Perspectives”

June 19, 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 Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled: "Status of the Boeing 737 MAX: Stakeholder Perspectives." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Larsen, for calling our second hearing on the Boeing 737 MAX. Today's hearing is an important next step in the Committee's oversight work and … Continue Reading


Chair Maloney Statement from Hearing on Short Sea Shipping

June 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) during today's hearing titled: "Short Sea Shipping: Rebuilding America's Maritime Industry." Chair Maloney: Good afternoon and welcome to today's hearing on Short Sea Shipping. On March 6th, the Subcommittee examined the "State of the Maritime Industry." In that hearing, the Maritime Administrator and industry … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to Hold Hearing on Short Sea Shipping

June 14, 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 "Short Sea Shipping: Rebuilding America's Maritime Industry." The Subcommittee will hear from the United States Maritime Administration, Maine Port Authority, Lake Carriers' Association, and Transportation Trades Department, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Lipinski Announce Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Hearing on Rail Workforce

June 14, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, 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) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "The State of the Rail Workforce." The hearing will explore the current issues facing the rail workforce, including employment cutbacks and safety issues. More information about the hearing including testimony, additional … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on the State of Trucking in America

June 12, 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: "Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Madam Chair, for holding this aptly titled hearing. The trucking industry is reaching a tipping point as carriers and drivers … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on “Efficiency and Resiliency in Federal Building Design and Construction”

June 11, 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: "Efficiency and Resiliency in Federal Building Design and Construction." Chair DeFazio: It's been ten years since this subcommittee held a hearing on energy efficiency in … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Aviation Subcommittee Hearing on “Status of the Boeing 737 MAX: Stakeholder Perspectives”

June 10, 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 "Status of the Boeing 737 MAX: Stakeholder Perspectives." The hearing is intended to gather views and perspectives from aviation stakeholders regarding the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accidents, the resulting international grounding of the Boeing … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management to Hold Hearing on “Efficiency and Resiliency in Federal Building Design and Construction”

June 07, 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, "Efficiency and Resiliency in Federal Building Design and Construction." At the hearing, Members will receive testimony from the General Services Administration's (GSA) Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Highways and Transit to Hold Hearing on the State of Trucking in America

June 07, 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, "Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America." The purpose of this hearing is to learn from stakeholders about current challenges faced by motor carriers, truck drivers, shippers, and brokers; and how these challenges impact safety, … Continue Reading