Press Releases

Committee Chairs DeFazio and Pallone Unveil Major Pipeline Bill That Will Help Combat Climate Change, Improve Public Safety, and Hold Operators Accountable for Egregious Violations

November 15, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) introduced the "Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Environmentally Responsible (SAFER) Pipelines Act of 2019." This comprehensive pipeline safety legislation takes numerous steps to improve pipeline safety and address climate change by reducing emissions, preventing pipeline leaks, and holding pipeline … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Aviation Safety Standards at Foreign Repair Stations

November 15, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced The Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act, legislation that would strengthen the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of repair stations located outside the United States, particularly at a time when airlines are increasingly relying on outsourced maintenance work. "We're at an unfortunate moment in our aviation system's history where safety … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to Hold Hearing on Promoting Resiliency Through WRDA 2020

November 15, 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, "Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act: Promoting Resiliency of our Nation's Water Resources Infrastructure." More information about the hearing, including witness testimony, additional background information, and live … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen, Vice-Chair Davids Press Airlines on the Mishandling of Mobility Aids for Passengers with Disabilities

November 14, 2019

Washington, DC- Yesterday, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Sharice Davids (D-KS) sent a letter to President and CEO of Airlines for America Nicholas Calio, CEO of Delta Air Lines Ed Bastian, and President of the National Air Carriers Association George Novak requesting information on the largest U.S. airlines' current policies, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on Smithsonian Institution Facilities

November 13, 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: "Review of Smithsonian Institution Current Facilities and Future Space Needs." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairwoman Titus. Secretary Bunch, thank you for joining us today and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Lipinski Statements from Hearing on Amtrak

November 13, 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 Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) during today's hearing titled: "Amtrak Now and Into the Future." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Subcommittee Chairman Lipinski and Ranking Member Crawford, for holding this hearing. First, I'd like to welcome Oregon … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Introduce Bill to Require GSA to Conduct Audits on Its Leases with Private Parties, Including the Lease for Trump’s DC Hotel

November 12, 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), introduced new legislation that would require the General Services Administration (GSA) to conduct audits of Federal properties that have been leased to private parties. According to the "GSA Lease Transparency Act of 2019," the first audit would be required within … Continue Reading


Amid Committee’s Ongoing Investigation into the Certification of the 737 MAX, Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Raise New and Serious Concerns to FAA About Other Safety-related Issues

November 07, 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) sent a letter to Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Stephen Dickson questioning the way the FAA made decisions on two safety-related items with potentially catastrophic consequences: rudder cable protection on the Boeing 737 MAX and lightning protection for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. "As you know, … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio's Statement on President Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal Announcement

November 05, 2019

"Instead of rising to the greatest challenge of our time, once again President Trump is choosing to pander to a backward-looking minority of special interests who either refuse to accept the seriousness of climate change, or who are far too interested in their own profit-making to change course. This administration's ability to twist the facts to suit its anti-environment, pro-fossil fuel agenda is shameful and embarrassing for a nation that has long prided itself on innovation and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing titled, “The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft”

October 30, 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: "The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Mr. Muilenburg and Mr. Hamilton, for being at today's hearing, "The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, … Continue Reading


Committee Approves Slate of Legislation to Improve Wastewater Systems and Fishing Vessel Safety and Research Grants, and to Designate Nation’s First Responders Day

October 29, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of bipartisan measures by voice vote, including the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act; Funding Instruction for Safety, Health, and Security Avoids Fishing Emergencies Act, and a resolution expressing support for designation of October 28th as "Honoring the Nation's First Responders Day." "Today our Committee passed The Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act, which is critical … Continue Reading


House Passes Bills From Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Sending Them to the Senate

October 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed four bills from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, including bipartisan legislation to unlock the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. H.R. 2440 would increase investments in critical harbor and port projects by helping ensuring that the funds currently collected to dredge our nation's coastal and inland commercial ports are actually used for harbor maintenance. "I am pleased that several bipartisan Transportation and … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold Markup

October 28, 2019

Washington, DC- The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a Full Committee markup this Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 10:00 am in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building to consider the following measures: Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 1497, Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019 Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 4719, FISH SAFE Act H. Con. Res. 37, Expressing support for designation of October 28 as "Honoring the … Continue Reading


REMINDER: Full Committee Hearing titled, “The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft”

October 25, 2019

Washington, DC- Reminder, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, titled "The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft." Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to help the Committee plan accordingly. HEARING DETAILS "The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft" Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10:00 a.m. 2167 Rayburn House … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Responds to Reports Trump Family Considers Selling Hotel in Old Post Office Building

October 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after media reports of the Trump Organization looking to sell its hotel currently housed in the federally-owned Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. "I issued a subpoena just yesterday to get answers about what I believe is the illegal nature of the lease and a violation of the emoluments clauses because the American people have a right to … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statement on Lion Air Crash Report

October 25, 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) issued the following statements after Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee released its report on the Lion Air flight 610 crash. The report comes ahead of the Committee's scheduled hearing on Wednesday, October 30, titled "The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development, and Marketing of the Aircraft." … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Issues Subpoena to GSA for Key Documents Related to Old Post Office Lease

October 24, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued a subpoena to the General Services Administration (GSA) for key documents regarding the federal lease with the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. GSA failed to comply with multiple requests from Chair DeFazio and the Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV), who are conducting Congressional … Continue Reading


DeFazio Responds to Yet Another Attack on the Jones Act by the Trump Administration

October 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announcement of a "Customs Bulletin Notice" that will modify and revoke certain rulings that affect the application of the Jones Act to offshore oil and gas production. "While I applaud the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for concluding their decade long process, I have very serious concerns about new determinations on the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on Pebble Mine Project

October 23, 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: "The Pebble Mine Project: Process and Potential Impacts." Chair DeFazio: Let me state, right from the start, that the Pebble Mine proposal is a bad idea made even worse by the sham review process … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Newly-Released Traffic Fatality Report

October 22, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) reacted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHSTA) announcement that roadway fatalities are down 2.4%, though pedestrian and cyclist deaths are up 3.4 percent and 6.3 percent respectively. "While total traffic fatalities are down from last year, 36,560 deaths is still an unacceptable number. It's especially troubling to see deaths among cyclists and pedestrians … Continue Reading