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DeFazio and Pallone Share Details of $715 Billion Surface Transportation and Water Infrastructure Bill Heading to House Floor Next Week

June 24, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) shared new details of the INVEST in America Act, which is scheduled to be on the House floor next week. The INVEST in America Act will create good-paying jobs rebuilding and reimagining our nation's roads, bridges, transit, rail, and wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, helping meet key pieces of President … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from the Subcommittee’s First Hearing in a Series on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

June 24, 2021

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, "President Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request: Agency Policies and Perspectives (Part 1)." Videos of opening statements from Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano are here and here. More information on the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell on the Agency’s Priorities for the Upcoming Fiscal Year

June 23, 2021

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, "FEMA's Priorities for FY22 and Beyond: Coordinating Mission, Vision, and Budget." Videos of opening remarks from Chairs DeFazio and Titus are here and here. More information on … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Members Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect FAA Workers and Operations from Future Government Shutdowns

June 22, 2021

Bill Text | Fact Sheet 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) joined Representatives Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) in introducing the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2021. This legislation would protect Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs and personnel, and the U.S. aviation industry as a whole, from the effects of future federal … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Subcommittee Hearing on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

June 18, 2021

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, "President Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request: Agency Policies and Perspectives (Part I)." This hearing is an opportunity for Members to question Biden administration officials on the administration's budget request, as well as the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing Next Week with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell

June 18, 2021

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 that the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "FEMA's Priorities for FY22 and Beyond: Coordinating Mission, Vision, and Budget." During this hearing, committee members will have an opportunity to discuss the Federal Emergency Management Agency's priorities … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on the FAA’s Role in the Future of Spaceflight

June 16, 2021

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, "Starships and Stripes Forever - An Examination of the FAA's Role in the Future of Spaceflight." Videos of DeFazio and Larsen's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Payne, Jr. Applaud Biden Administration’s Plans to Improve Railroad Safety

June 16, 2021

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statements after the Biden administration released its schedule of planned regulatory actions this week. "This announcement by the Biden administration is welcome news for both the safety of railroad workers and the public," Chair DeFazio said. "The Pipeline and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on the Impacts of Shipping Container Shortages and Increased Demand on the North American Supply Chain

June 15, 2021

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 Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "Impacts of Shipping Container Shortages, Delays, and Increased Demand on the North American Supply Chain." Videos of DeFazio and Carbajal's opening statements are here and here. More information on … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Hearing on the Impacts of Shipping Container Shortages and Increased Demand on the North American Supply Chain

June 14, 2021

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 Salud Carbajal (D-CA) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Impacts of Shipping Container Shortages, Delays, and Increased Demand on the North American Supply Chain." This hearing will examine shipping container shortages caused by heightened demand of consumer products arriving from Asia, as … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Subcommittee Hearing on the FAA’s Role in the Future of Spaceflight

June 14, 2021

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, "Starships and Stripes Forever - An Examination of the FAA's Role in the Future of Spaceflight." The hearing will explore broadly the future of the U.S. launch and spaceflight industry, its increasing use and saturation, and the FAA's role in overseeing such an industry … Continue Reading


Support for the INVEST in America Act Grows as Transformative Infrastructure Bill Advances Through Committee

June 10, 2021

The $547 billion surface transportation bill would make transformational investments to create good paying jobs bringing America's roads, bridges, transit, and rail into the modern era Washington, DC - The list of groups coming out in support of the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684) continues to grow. The bill, introduced by Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and … Continue Reading


After 19-Hour Markup, Committee Advances Two Major Pieces of Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize America’s Infrastructure, Create Jobs, and Restore U.S. Global Competitiveness

June 10, 2021

Chair DeFazio: "Infrastructure is calling, and we are answering with bold legislation that invests in American workers and communities" Washington, DC - Today, led by Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR), the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved two major pieces of infrastructure legislation on a bipartisan basis during a 19-hour markup, both of which make transformational investments to modernize America's roads, bridges, highways, rail, transit, and wastewater systems. The … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Commend Biden Administration for Proposing to Withdraw Trump Dirty Water Rule

June 09, 2021

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) released the following statements after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it was withdrawing the Trump Dirty Water rule, the largest rollback of clean water protections in U.S. history, and getting to work on a replacement. In February, the Chairs sent a letter to … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Opening Statement During Markup of the INVEST in America Act

June 09, 2021

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) during today's committee markup. Video of his opening statement is here. More information on the markup can be found here, and additional information on the INVEST in America Act can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today, the Committee meets to consider H.R. 3684, the "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement During Markup of the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021

June 09, 2021

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) during today's committee markup to consider the H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021. Video of his opening statement can be found here. More information on the markup can be found here, and additional information on the legislation can be found here. Chair DeFazio: I strongly support the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Payne, Jr. Applaud Biden Administration’s Move to Implement a Provision Included in Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Legislation to Address Methane Emissions

June 08, 2021

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statements after the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an advisory bulletin that puts pipeline operators on notice about the need to update their plans to ensure they are minimizing methane emissions. PHMSA's bulletin was a first … Continue Reading


The INVEST in America Act Makes Historic Investments to Upgrade and Expand Passenger Rail in the U.S.

June 08, 2021

Newly-introduced five-year surface transportation bill also includes investments to support the rail workforce, bolster public safety, and prevent blocked crossings Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) highlighted the provisions of the newly-introduced surface transportation bill that would make an historic $95 billion investment in passenger and freight rail in the U.S., including $32 billion for Amtrak, tripling its … Continue Reading


How the INVEST in America Act Helps Build a More Just and Equitable Future

June 08, 2021

Newly-introduced five-year surface transportation bill will re-imagine how we invest in infrastructure Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) highlighted provisions of the newly-introduced five-year, $547 billion surface transportation bill that would re-imagine our national transportation policy to help reconnect communities and level the playing field for social and economically-disadvantaged communities by considering … Continue Reading


The INVEST in America Act = Investments in Rural America

June 08, 2021

Newly-introduced five-year surface transportation bill proposes record investments in rural and smaller communities Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) highlighted provisions of the newly-introduced surface transportation bill that would make landmark infrastructure investments in rural and smaller communities, including targeted resources to improve safety, fix rural roads and bridges, and increase access to jobs and … Continue Reading