Press Releases

Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano, and Beyer Lead 130+ House Colleagues in Applauding the EPA & Corps for Withdrawing the Trump Dirty Water Rule, Call New Rulemaking Urgent

September 10, 2021

In a new letter, representatives call for the swift replacement of the Dirty Water Rule: "Now that the Court has thrown out this blatant giveaway to polluters, we call upon you to take immediate action to protect our nation's waterways for future generations." Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), Chair of the Joint Economic … Continue Reading


House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Announces Markup

September 10, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure announced that it will hold a markup on Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00 AM EDT to consider the following measures: Legislative proposals to comply with the reconciliation directive included in section 2002 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022, S. Con. Res. 14 Other matters cleared for consideration. Members will appear by videoconference or in person in 2167 Rayburn House Office … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Applauds Surface Transportation Board for Unanimously Rejecting the Proposed Canadian National and Kansas City Southern Trust

September 01, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the Surface Transportation Board (STB) voted unanimously to reject a proposed trust as a precursor to the merger of the Canadian National (CN) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroads, citing concerns that the trust is not in the public interest. Chair DeFazio made the same point in a July 2021 letter he sent to the STB expressing his opposition to the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Statements on Federal Judge Overturning Trump-era Dirty Water Rule

August 31, 2021

Washington, DC - 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 a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona overturned the Trump-era Navigable Waters Protection Rule, more commonly known as the "Dirty Water Rule." "This ruling is a major win for the millions of Americans that rely on clean rivers, … Continue Reading


House Committee Chairs Release Statement on GAO Report on Keystone Pipeline Safety Concerns

August 23, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) released the following statement after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that examined the safety performance … Continue Reading


T&I Committee Leaders Ask GAO to Review Delays in Delivery of Critical Additions to Coast Guard Fleet

August 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the significant delivery delays of the Offshore Patrol and Polar Security Cutters, as well as related budgetary issues. The Offshore Patrol Cutter fleet is the largest vessel procurement the Coast Guard has undertaken, and Polar Security Cutter acquisition is the most complex. In a pair of … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

August 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill: "Throughout my career, I have consistently advocated for increased federal investment in America's infrastructure. By investing in our infrastructure, we can create good-paying jobs, support American manufacturing, stop sending jobs to China and strengthen the economy. With today's passage of a … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Calls on FAA to Address Surge in Unruly Passengers

August 06, 2021

WASHINGTON-Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responding to the dramatic rise in air rage incidents over the last several months. In his letter, DeFazio stated that the dramatic increase in airline passengers assaulting other passengers as well as crewmembers requires a strong federal response. "The violent, disruptive behavior that we've seen on airplanes this year must not … Continue Reading


ICYMI: During CNN Interviews, Chair DeFazio Underscores the Importance of Transformational Infrastructure Policies: Bill Must “Actually Begin to Deal with Current Problems”

August 04, 2021

Chair DeFazio joins CNN's Kate Bolduan to discuss making transformational investments in America's infrastructure WASHINGTON, DC- This week, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) joined CNN's Jessica Dean on CNN Newsroom and Kate Bolduan on At This Hour to discuss the need for Congress to include transformational investments and policies in any infrastructure legislation that gets sent to the president's desk. During his interviews, Chair … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Committee Hearing to Assess the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Relief and Response Efforts

July 29, 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 hearing titled, "Assessing the Federal Government's COVID-19 Relief and Response Efforts and its Impact." Video of DeFazio's opening statement is here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today we will hear about the impact the government's COVID-19 relief funding has had on the … Continue Reading


T&I Committee Advances Multiple Bills During Markup, Including Legislation to Prevent a Race to the Bottom in International Civil Aviation

July 28, 2021

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of measures during a committee markup today, including bipartisan legislation led by Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) to preclude new foreign airlines from operating to and from the United States that exploit "flags of convenience" to avoid the regulations of their home countries, or otherwise undermine labor standards. The legislation is now ready for consideration on the House floor. "As Americans start to … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Applaud the Biden EPA’s Move to Strengthen Clean Water Protections Against Pollution from Coal-Fired Power Plants

July 27, 2021

Washington, DC - 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 would set stricter limits on the discharge of wastewater from coal-fired power plants, which often contains toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury that contaminate lakes, rivers, and streams near … Continue Reading


T&I Chair DeFazio Challenges Proposed Canadian National and Kansas City Southern Railroad Merger Trust

July 26, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) opposing the approval of a trust for the proposed merger of the Canadian National (CN) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroads. In his letter, DeFazio stated that approving the trust is not in the public interest and would reduce competition. "A single holding company responsible for this traffic would likely change rail … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Name the Department of Transportation After Secretary Norman Yoshio Mineta

July 26, 2021

Washington, DC-Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced legislation to name the federal building located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue Southeast in Washington, DC, which houses the U.S. Department of Transportation, as the "Norman Yoshio Mineta Federal Building." In introducing this bill, Chair DeFazio said: "Secretary Mineta is a great American patriot who has continuously answered the call of public service. As the longest serving … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to Hold Markup

July 26, 2021

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a markup on Wednesday, July 28, at 11:00 a.m. EDT to consider the following measures: H.R. 3095, Fair and Open Skies Act Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 1339, Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act H.R. 3193, E-BRIDGE Act H.R. 3037, Housing Survivors of Major Disasters Act of 2021 H.R. 3709, Preliminary Damage Assessment Improvement Act of 2021 H.R. __, to designate … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Announces Committee Hearing to Assess the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Relief and Response Efforts

July 23, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the committee will hold a hearing titled, "Assessing the Federal Government's COVID-19 Relief and Response Efforts and its Impact." The hearing will examine the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to provide oversight of that response, areas for improvement, and the impact of pandemic relief efforts on the transportation and infrastructure sectors and their … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Leads 30 Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Members in Urging Congressional Leadership to Include Transformational Policies from the INVEST in America Act in Infrastructure Legislation

July 21, 2021

DeFazio and Members to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer: "We won't resolve these problems by continuing the status quo and spending more money through a broken and outdated system" Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and 30 Democratic Members of the Committee sent a letter urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to provide House Members with the opportunity … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Statements from Subcommittee Hearing to Review Fiscal Year 2022 Budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs

July 21, 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, "Review of Fiscal Year 2022 Budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs." Videos of DeFazio and Carbajal's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Subcommittee Hearing on Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Aviation Workforce

July 20, 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, "Bridging the Gap: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Aviation Workforce." Videos of DeFazio and Larsen's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank you, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Subcommittee Hearing to Review Fiscal Year 2022 Budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs

July 16, 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, "Review of Fiscal Year 2022 Budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs." During this hearing, the subcommittee will review President Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 budget requests for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Maritime … Continue Reading